State Department Issues Mexico Five State Do Not Travel Warning

State Department Issues Mexico Five State Do Not Travel Warning
State Department Issues Mexico Five State Do Not Travel Warning

On Wednesday, January 10, the United States State Department (see video below) issued NO TRAVEL warnings for five states in Mexico, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states. Those warnings have not hindered cruise ship bookings on at least three cruise lines Carnival, Norwegian and Princess.

Carnival Splendor Mazatlán Cruises 2018
Carnival Splendor Mazatlán Cruises 2018

Sinaloa state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime. Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based and operating in Sinaloa state.

9-Day Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles aboard Norwegian Star

U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel in most areas of the state. In areas where travel is permitted, the following restrictions are in place:

Mazatlan: U.S. government travel is permitted only in Zona Dorada, the historic town center, and direct routes to and from these locations and the airport or the cruise ship terminal.

Los Mochis and Port Topolobampo: U.S. government travel is permitted within the city and the port, as well as direct routes to and from these locations and the airport.

Ruby Princess 7-day Mexican Riviera
Ruby Princess 7-day Mexican Riviera

The state of Sinaloa includes the popular tourist town of Mazatlán. Currently, Carnival Cruise Lines is booking Mazatlán cruises aboard Carnival Splendor out of Long Beach, California. The cruise promotion says it offers “extra value”.

Norwegian Cruise Line is also booking a 9-Day Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles aboard Norwegian Star.

Princess Cruises is also offering a 7-day Mexican Riviera Cruise which includes Mazatlán.

None of the cruise ports in the Yucatan region of Quintana Roo are included in this latest State Department Travel Warning. Those cruise ports not included in the travel warnings include Progreso, Cozumel, Calica (Playa del Carmen) and Costa Maya.

Brownsville-Matamoros is one of the six bi-national metropolitan areas along the Mexico-United States border . The city of Matamoros is located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas , on the southern bank of the Rio Grande , while the city of Brownsville is located in the American state of Texas , directly across the bank from the Rio Grande. As reported on January 10, right before the Tamaulipas travel warning was posted, the town of South Padre Island, Texas, just north of Brownsville, is seeking to become a cruise ship port destination.

Tamaulipas state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime. Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, is common. Gang activity, including gun battles, is widespread. Armed criminal groups target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers hostage and demanding ransom payments. Local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence in many parts of the state.

U.S. government employees are subject to movement restrictions and a curfew between midnight and 6 a.m.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from patronizing adult clubs and gambling establishments in Tamaulipas.

Colima state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime. Violent crime and gang activity are widespread.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to Tecoman or within 12 miles of the Colima-Michoacán border and on Route 110 between La Tecomaca and the Jalisco border.

There are no restrictions on U.S. government employees travel along Route 200 from the Jalisco border to Manzanillo, including the Manzanillo airport.  There are no restrictions on U.S. government employees for stays in Manzanillo from Marina Puerto Santiago to Playa las Brisas.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from patronizing adult clubs and gambling establishments in Colima.

Guerrero state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime. Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to the entire state of Guerrero, including Acapulco.

Michoacán state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime. U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel in Michoacán state, with the exception of Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas cities and the area north of federal toll road 15D.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel by land, except on federal toll road 15D.

U.S. government employees may fly into Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas.

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Video: January 10, 2017 Travel advisory for Mexico

 

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