Published: Thu, August 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun

The reason? Officials are concerned about increasingly unsafe activities of criminal organization in the areas, especially along the Caribbean coast.

The State Department is particularly concerned about the possibility of Americans being caught in the crossfire between rival criminal organizations, even in relatively safe areas such as beach resorts in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum.

Quintana Roo's Tourism Ministry was quick to respond to the advisory, issuing a statement to say travelers to the state are "safe and protected" and the government will keep collaborating with federal and US officials on security.

The State Department also announced that there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality. Innocent bystanders have been injured or killed in shootings, the department says.

The advisory expands on the last one published in December 2016, adding areas not previously included like Quintana Roo.

The State Department warned that criminals target newer and larger vehicles but drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States are also targeted.

There is no sign US citizens are being targeted.

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For Veracruz and Chiapas, the warning prohibits US government personnel from leaving tourist areas or using public transportation.

Citing Mexican government statistics, the State Department noted on Tuesday that so far 2017 has seen much higher rates of violence in those regions than during the same period past year.

"In Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, 232 slayings have been reported this year, almost four times as many as during the same period last year".

Are there areas without advisories?

The State Department further said that the Baja California Sur has dealt with a high rate of homicides.

Mexico City remains without an advisory.

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