CDC issues travel health notice for Mexico due to Covid cases

07/15/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The United States Centers for Disease Control issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Mexico on Monday, warning citizens of high rates of Covid-19 infections and advising that they reconsider travel to Mexico.

Coronavirus cases have spiked in Mexico, with more than 11,000 new cases recorded on Tuesday as the third wave of the pandemic continues to grow. The federal Health Ministry reported 11,137 new infections – the highest single-day tally since early February, although hospitalizations and deaths are down 75% due to vaccination.

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US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

06/20/2021

Source: Travel Pulse

The U.S. State Department on Friday raised the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations.

The U.S. raised its warnings from Level 2 (“Exercise Increased caution” to Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist destination that includes Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada.

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State Department lowers dozens of countries from ‘Do Not Travel’ to ‘Reconsider Travel’ status

06/08/2021

Source: The Washington Post

A month and a half after warning Americans not to travel to most of the world, the U.S. State Department is easing travel advisories for dozens of countries — at least a little.

The department on Tuesday said that it was taking 58 countries and territories out of the Level 4, or “Do Not Travel,” category and designating them as Level 3, or “Reconsider Travel,” destinations. Another 27 places were moved to the first two levels, where travelers are urged to exercise increased caution or exercise normal precautions.

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US lifts ‘do not travel’ warning for Canada, Mexico, much of Europe

06/08/2021

Source: FlightGlobal

The US State Department has lowered its risk profile for travel to Canada and Mexico, just as Canada also considers easing some of its own strict restrictions for travellers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

On 8 June the US government lowered its travel warnings for its northerly and southerly neighbor to a “Level 3”, which urges potential travellers to “reconsider” travel to those countries. Previously Canada and Mexico had been on the “Level 4” list – with the government advising “do not travel”.

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Texas warns students on spring break to avoid traveling to Mexico

Los Angeles Times, 3/6/12

Texas issued a strong warning Tuesday for students who want to party on spring break: Don’t go to Mexico. The Department of Public Safety warning cites violent crime from battling drug cartels as reasons to avoid traveling anywhere south of the border — even to popular tourist destinations that weren’t included in a recent U.S. State Department warning.

“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” the statement from Director Steven C. McCraw says in part. “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.”

Mexico’s tourism chief denounced the warning as exceptionally aggressive and untrue. “The DPS has the right to inform as they see fit, but we believe that what they are conveying in the content of the travel alert is not the reality in Mexico,” Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, chief operating officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, said via phone from Berlin where he was attending the ITB travel trade show.

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Mexico violence prompts U.S. to expand travel warning

Reuters, 2/10/12

Mexico City airport

Spreading drug violence, kidnappings and carjackings in Mexico have led the U.S. State Department to increase the number of places it says Americans should avoid for safety reasons for the second time in less than a year.

A travel advisory issued this week urged U.S. citizens to avoid all but essential travel to 14 states in northern and central Mexico, warning that U.S. citizens have fallen victim to drug-cartel related activity “including homicide, gunbattles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.” In April, the State Department had issued a warning about 10 states.

The latest advisory cites concerns about parts of Aguascalientes, Guerrero and Nayarit in central Mexico, and raises its advisory against non-essential travel to include Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa and Zacatecas as well as Tamaulipas and Michoacan.

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State Department Restricts Diplomat Travel in Mexico, Warns U.S. Citizens

FOX News, 7/22/2010

As cartel-fueled violence escalates in Mexico, the State Department has issued an extensive travel advisory warning U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” in the northern part of the country and informing diplomats and their families that certain cross-border travel has been banned.

The eight-page advisory released last week outlined a host of dangers for U.S. travelers and residents in Mexico — firefights, carjackings, kidnappings and more. The State Department said that as of last Thursday, mission employees and their families for the most part are forbidden from driving across the U.S.-Mexico border en route to or from any post inside Mexico.

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Mexico too violent to visit? Tourism chief says no

cancunCNN, 3/5/2009

Mexico’s tourism director on Wednesday downplayed the risk of violence facing tourists, despite warnings for travelers to think twice about visiting the country.

“In all parts of the world, you have to be careful with what you do,” Oscar Fitch told CNN en Espanol. “What I am saying is there are very safe zones and there are zones that are not safe.”

In recent days, the United States, Canada, France, Italy and Germany have issued alerts about travel to Mexico, where drug violence was blamed for more than 5,400 killings last year.

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State Dept. Cites ‘Large Firefights’ in Travel Alert on Mexico

Washington Post, 2/21/2009

department-of-state-logoThe latest travel advisory for Mexico from the U.S. State Department will certainly not please the tourist board. Rather than a glossy brochure advertising the country’s many delights, the travel alert issued Friday reads like the plot of a crime thriller.

Recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades,” the advisory reads.

Tourism is one of Mexico’s main sources of income, and the country that sends the most tourists to Mexico is the United States.

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