WASHINGTON, D.C. — Those visiting Mexico in the coming days, weeks and months are advised to do so with caution, according to a travel advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State.
The travel advisory, issued Jan.10, stated anyone traveling to Baja California and Baja California Sur to do so with “increased caution due to crime.”
“Criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain an issue throughout the state,” the travel advisory stated. “According to the Baja California State Secretariat for Public Security, the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016.
“While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Bystanders have been injured or killed in shooting incidents,” the advisory continued.
The State Department’s advisory did not institute U.S. government restrictions in cities such as Ensenada, Rosarito, Tijuana, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz.
Five Mexican states were on the “Do Not Travel” list: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán,
Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.
The complete travel advisory can be viewed here.