If you are planning a visit to Mexico and thinking if it’s safe to travel to Mexico, then be alerted. The State Department has issued a “do not travel” warning on Wednesday that places five Mexican states in the same list of “do not travel” countries which includes Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.
This warning is for the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas. This is not the first time that the U. S. has discouraged travel to these states. The only thing is that the new evaluation is stricter than the previous and gives these five states Category 4 warning of the highest risk. Countries like Yemen and Libya fall under this category.
According to the advisory issued by the State Department, violent crimes, such as murder, abduction, carjacking, and burglary are widespread in these states. As per a report, 22,409 people lost their lives in various crimes from January to November in 2017.
One of the major reasons of increased crimes in Mexico is largest U. S. demand for heroin and power struggle between most influential drug lobbies of Mexico.
The violence is also spread to the once considered safe tourist heaven of Cancun and Los Cabos. Four male bodies were found hanging near a highway overpass in December in Cancun and Los Cabos.