U.S. Government Issues New Travel Advisory for Mexico
The U.S. State Department has issued a new travel warming for Mexico. Some of the highlights include:
Tourists are not targets in the ongoing drug wars and the overwhelming majority of the small amount of Americans killed in Mexico last year (120 U.S. citizens killed in 2011) were involved in drug trafficking if being robbed. Most urban areas not along the northern border are safe or require caution, but are not ont he do not travel list.
Most robberies occur at night on remote highways, by traveling during daylight hours on toll roads or arriving via airport is generally safe. It is advised not to resist.
You should avoid traveling in the following Mexican states and areas: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon (except Monterrey were extreme caution is advised), San Luis Potosi (except the city of San Luis Potosi were extreme caution is advised), Sinaloa (except Mazatlán were caution is advised), part of Sonora, Zacatecas (except the city of Zacatecas, where extreme caution is advised), parts of Aguascalientes that border Zacatecas, northwestern and southern parts of Guerrero, parts of Jalisco that border Zacatecas and Michoacán, Michoacán (except Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas where extreme caution is advised), northern Nayarit.
Caution is urged in the states of Morelos, Colima and Veracruz and in cities such as Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, and Tijuana.
Safe states with no advisory are: Baja California Sur, Campeche, Mexico City and the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro, Tlaxcala, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Yucatán.
See http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html for more information.