Days after Mexico logged its dangerous time in history, the United States asked its citizens to not tour five intensity filled Mexican states, putting them in the very risk class as war-torn Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria.
The US state department issued an advisory this Wednesday designating category 4 or US “do not travel to” warnings to the border state of Tamaulipas, as well as the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacán and Guerrero putting the states in the same danger category as war-ridden countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria. Mexico as a whole was given a “level-two” rating considering the rising violence which claimed 22,409 lives in 11 months.
Mexico as a whole was given a Category 2 rating, with U.S. citizens implored to “exercise increased caution.”
“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread,” the advisory said.
The state department has discouraged a visit to these states previously warning citizens about traveling to Los Cabos and Cancun last summer after six dead bodies were hung from bridges near the Mexican tourist resort.
Mexico has been plagued by disputes between criminal cartels and heroin business including the states of Sinaloa and Michoacán. Guerrero became infamous after the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 while the state of Colima became the murder capital of Mexico as rival cartels fought over control of the port of Manzanillo.
The country’s government has been able to do very less regarding the reduction of its crime rates.
The tourism secretariat issued a statement exempting Mexico’s five main tourist destinations – Cancún, the Mayan Riviera, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City –from the US restrictions.
That’s a great message for Mexican officials who urged the U.S. to have the visitor ardent points away from the Category 4 record, security expert Alejandro Hope said.
“I’m guessing they are breathing a sigh of relief,” he said.