Not Good News for Mexico - Travel Warning Updated for Some Areas

Be Extra cautious if taking excursions in Mexico ... surprised to see this new warning ..

Mexico Travel Warning Updated; Cancun, Los Cabos Included

Aug 23, 2017 9:55am

The U.S. State Department has issued an updated travel warning for Mexico, warning of the risk of traveling to certain parts of the country due to criminal activities that include homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. The updated travel warning, which was released August 22, replaces an earlier travel warning issued December 8, 2016.

The State Department warns of three types of kidnapping: “traditional,” in which a victim is physically abducted and held for ransom; “express,” in which a victim his held for a short time and forced to withdraw money; and “virtual,” in which a victim is coerced by phone threats to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until a ransom is paid. The State Department notes that hotel guests have been the targets of “virtual” kidnapping schemes. The State Department also warned that U.S. citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, with victims stopped by roadblocks or being run off the road.

8 Answers

Yeah I saw that. I still plan on doing Ruby Princess' Mexican Riviera cruise in January. I just won't be venturing too far from the ship.

I'll visit Cozumel. The rest of the country you can flush down the toilet. Savages

We will be sailing the Caribbean more than visiting the Mexican ports. I know that a lot of times the cruise lines decide to cancel dangerous ports and it takes a long time for that port to recover. Of course the "bad guys" don't care......(see I kept it polite).

I as well...AngryHappy

The Canadian government hasn't issued a warning yet, but according to a travel expert interviewed this morning, most of the crimes are gang/cartel related and usually only their members are involved. There have been a couple of instances when tourists were caught in the crossfire, though. My son travels to work in a city that is very high in crime and violence, and he has to be driven a couple hundred miles to get there. His driver told him the last time to be sure he had used the restroom and had any food and water he wanted because they would not be stopping anywhere along the way. The driver was concerned about bandits and ambushes.

When we took a mexican cruise last year, the cruise line canceled all excursions that went outside the city of Puerto Vallarta. Thought that was interesting. I will still cruise mexico just don't feel the need to get of the ship much anymore.

Mexico is not on our plans... although a few of friends and family have been there and always stay in the resort. Not a place for me.

Our friends leave for PV in a couple of weeks. They will be staying in their timeshare resort for 6 weeks and said they feel very safe there. It's in the area between the cruiseport and Malecon where there are so many resorts and very few locals wandering around.


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