(CNN) – Mexico — lengthy a vacation spot for world-class museums, archeological websites and seashore resorts — now has 5 states tagged with the US State Department’s most extreme journey warning.

The new advisories this week place the states — Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Tamaulipas on the Texas border — on the identical hazard stage as nations resembling Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

The advisories cite drug cartel exercise and violent crime, and the Tamaulipas warning was very blunt.

“Do not travel due to crime,” it states.

“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.”

Many vacationer locations haven’t any restrictions

In a press release, Mexico’s Tourism Ministry famous that greater than 28 of its hottest tourism locations for worldwide vacationers haven’t any restrictions.

“It’s significant that the five tourist destinations that account for 80% of foreign tourist travel to Mexico (Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City) were not classified with restrictions for international travelers by the State Department,” the assertion stated.

Overall, the nation obtained a Level 2 ranking, which urges Americans to “exercise increased caution” and notes that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.”

An extra 11 states had been slapped with Level three warnings, urging Americans to “reconsider travel” there due to crime and gang exercise.

The newest classifications place half of Mexico’s 31 states beneath Level three or four warnings.

In Jalisco, a Level three state that’s residence to Guadalajara and the Puerto Vallarta resort, there are not any keep restrictions on US authorities workers.

The state of Baja California Sur, which has seen an increase in violence due to an ongoing territorial dispute between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation drug cartels, retained a Level 2 “exercise increased caution” classification. There are not any US authorities restrictions for journey to vacationer areas resembling Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

A 2015 Congressional Research Service report estimates not less than 80,000 individuals have been killed as a consequence of organized crime associated incidents since 2006. Under President Enrique Peña Nieto, total intentional murder numbers have declined as a lot as 30%, based on the Mexican authorities.

While high-profile killings in sure scorching spots have gotten media consideration, Mexico’s murder charge is definitely nearer to the center of the pack than the highest, in comparison with different nations within the hemisphere.

State Department slaps 5 Mexican states with 'don't journey' advisory by: Farah Grimm published:


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