The United States State Department has “Do Not Travel” warnings issued for six Mexican states because of drug cartel violence and kidnappings.
But Texas just took it a step further — and advised its state’s citizens to think twice about venturing south of the border altogether.
The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning on Friday, “urging Texans to avoid traveling to Mexico during spring break, and beyond, due to the ongoing violence throughout that country.”
This follows the kidnapping of four Americans — two of whom died — after crossing a border from the Lonestar State into Mexico a couple of weeks ago. And now it’s been revealed that three more Americans are missing.
“U.S. citizens who do decide to travel to Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to their departure,” the Texas DPS says. “DPS understands many people do travel to Mexico without incident, but the serious risks cannot be ignored. All travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips and, again, consider postponing or canceling travel to Mexico at this time.”
Are You Traveling to Mexico? What Are Your Plans?
I know some people who couldn’t care less about the situation and will travel to Mexico no matter what. As for some others, there’s no way in heck they’ll visit Mexico for quite a while.
Do you have plans to visit Mexico? Does cartel violence make you think twice? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.
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There goes the remaining AeroMexico “MQD” runs!
@Bridget – It is widely accepted that “only” visiting the airport does not really count as having visited the country so you are fee to transit vis MEX to earn cheap MQDs 🙂
Unless it’s Mexicali and historically the flight arriving is always after 11:00pm, the airport closes and they literally walk you into the parking lot after claiming baggage if you checked any. Uber/Lyft aren’t allowed on the airport and there are NO taxi’s available on the outer lot. It’s a LONG way to walk to the Marriott Courtyard! Usually the flight(s) sometimes arrive around 2am and whatever police force is present, they force you off the airport property. I don’t speak “Spanish”, and you’ll definitely be taking your life in your hands. So, my advice, avoid Mexicali, if you’re interested in earning “MQD’s”. YMMV.
After more than 40 years of traveling and living in various cities in Mexico, the first and most important rule is: Avoid highway driving at night. Security is the reason. Of course, bad guys can cause problems but also poorly maintained roads and wandering animals have taken their tolls as well.
I’ve never been to Mexico City, but I have a long layover at MEX. What do y’all think about venturing into the downtown area?
that’s a NO!!
Take an Uber to the Zocalo.
I have a trip planned to Cancun in May to an all inclusive. Have been to Cancun several times and don’t leave resort at night. Still planning on going.
I would avoid going at all cost, minus Cancun, Playa del Carmen.