US issues maximum travel alert to Mexico due to Covid-19 and crime

09/08/2020

This Thursday, the U.S. government issued a high alert for trips to Mexico, due to the situation of the coronavirus. The warning is due to the risk of Covid-19, which has "increased crime and kidnappings," the government said in a statement.

The states that the U.S. Department of State requested not to travel to are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. Image: Travel State Gov USA)
The states that the U.S. Department of State requested not to travel to are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. Image: Travel State Gov USA)

"People traveling to Mexico will experience border and airport closures, travel bans, mandatory stay home requirements, business closures and other emergency situations within Mexico arising from the coronavirus," the U.S. State Department said.

The U.S. government has limited capacity to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in several areas of Mexico.

In this regard, Christopher Landau, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, said that given the high rates of infection in the country by Covid-19, the alert is maintained at level 4, but said the warning will be reviewed continuously with the progress of the pandemic.

This alert, implemented since March 19, 2020, recommends U.S. citizens to avoid international travel because of the global impact of the virus.

For its part, employees of the U.S. government in Mexico are prohibited from traveling after dark, take taxis on the street, and will rely on vehicles provided by Uber-based services regulated taxi sites.

Employees must not drive from the U.S. to the Mexican border, nor from the interior of the country, except for daytime trips from Baja California, between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D (during the day and only with prior authorization from the consulate).

Based on each country's changing conditions for the virus, the State Department has returned to an alert system with levels from 1 to 4, according to each country's circumstances.

By MexicanistAccording to the State Department's website