Government warns Canadians to avoid 'non-essential travel' to parts of Mexico

Jan 10 2019, 6:15 pm

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for Canadians travelling to various parts of Mexico, due to heightened levels of criminal activity.

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According to the advisory, Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel to the following Northern states due to high levels of crime and violence:

  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo)
  • Durango
  • Nuevo León (except the city of Monterrey)
  • Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlán)
  • Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos)
  • Tamaulipas

“We strongly recommend travelling to Mexico by air to avoid land border crossings, particularly in the northern states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas,” said the Government of Canada. “In northern Mexico, particularly along the border with the United States, organized crime and urban violence greatly affect security. ”

There is also a warning for travellers to also avoid all non-essential travel to the following western states due to high levels of violence and organized crime:

  • Guerrero (including Acapulco but excluding the cities of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco
  • Michoacán (excluding the city of Morelia)
  • Colima (excluding the city of Manzanillo)

“Illegal roadblocks and demonstrations are common. The deterioration of the security situation is particularly noticeable in the rural areas of Guerrero and Michoacán. Vigilante militias have fired at vehicles that did not stop at their roadblocks,” reads the advisory.

For a full list of current travel advisories for Canadians, check this list.