Mexico safety and risk areas that should be avoided unless necessary
The situations of violence that are taking place in Mexico are often related to confrontations between criminal organizations, or of these against the Army and the Mexican public order forces, within the framework of the fight against drug trafficking maintained by the Government of Mexico. Under the umbrella of organized crime, other types of violence also flourish that take the form of assaults, vehicle theft, kidnappings, extortion, etc. This type of aggression usually has a greater incidence on public safety than that directly caused by organized crime.
In the road, rural or urban displacements, it is possible to find road controls, usually from the Army. It is recommended that Spanish citizens provide maximum cooperation to the authorities of the checkpoint, answering all the questions asked and clearly stating their status as Spanish citizens. Unfortunately, roadblocks may also be found on criminal roads, particularly in the north of the country. In such circumstances, we must act with great prudence, not flee or accelerate and stop if you are required to do so. The chances of continuing on the unscathed path are greater when showing cooperation.
Except for personal or work needs, it is recommended to avoid staying in a number of areas and towns for the time being, which is reported below, and if they should be visited, the visit should always take place during the day, in strictly related areas. with the purpose of the same, trying not to venture into other urban or rural areas surrounding, limiting the night outings, not warning of the arrival or its details more than the most trusted people and maintaining at all times a state of attention activates the whole environment as a precautionary measure and to detect any suspicious element.
Taking into account that the security situation is constantly evolving, the areas of special danger in which, for the moment, it is recommended to postpone visits that are not essential, are the following:
The rural areas of the States of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Sinaloa, Sonora, and Nuevo León. The Barranca del Cobre, located between Chihuahua and Sinaloa, can be visited, but it is convenient to stick to the tourist route.
Ciudad Juárez and its surrounding area (Chihuahua). The visit to the city is not recommended. When it is necessary to travel there, it is convenient to stay in El Paso (United States) and cross the border as many times as necessary.
The State of Tamaulipas
The municipalities of Monclova, Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña (Coahuila).
The lagoon municipalities of Torreón (Coahuila), Gómez Palacio and Ciudad Lerdo (Durango).
The municipalities surrounding Monterrey (Nuevo León) of Santiago, Juárez, Cadereyta, Salinas Victoria, Escobedo, Apodaca, San Nicolás de los Garza, Guadalupe, Santa Catarina, and García. The Monterrey airport is located in Apodaca. To move from the airport to the city of Monterrey it is recommended to take the toll road during the day and at night take the Avenida Miguel Alemán, which runs through the municipalities of Apodaca, San Nicolás, Guadalupe and Monterrey.
The north of the State of Veracruz adjoining the State of Tamaulipas and the northwest of the State of Veracruz adjoining the State of San Luis Potosí (Huasteca) and with the State of Puebla.
The State of Michoacan
The intensification of the activities of criminal groups linked to drug trafficking has triggered an increase in the level of violence, especially in the Tierra Caliente region. This has generated the reaction of self-defense groups, armed civilians, and deployment of the Army and the Federal Police. The situation is constantly evolving. Consequently, avoid any displacement to this State south of its capital, Morelia, including Tierra Caliente, the Pacific coast and the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas. In the north of the state and in the capital Morelia, tourists must take extreme precautions and avoid risky situations.
The coastal roads that connect the states of Colima and Guerrero with that of Michoacán and the secondary roads.
In the State of Jalisco the secondary roads and localities that are bordering with Michoacán.
The State of Guerrero
In Acapulco, organized crime has led to violent incidents perpetrated against Spanish tourists, which are added to those perpetrated against Mexicans. Avoid this destination if it is not for professional reasons and extreme, in the latter case, prudence.
In all these areas, for any displacement outside the urban centers or with the greatest number of tourists, the appropriate guidance should always be requested or, where appropriate, authorization from the competent authorities, and night travel should be avoided, in any case.
In all States bordering the US, these warnings must be scrupulously observed. If it is necessary to visit the border strip with the US, it is recommended to stay in the cities north of the border and cross it as many times as necessary. It is recommended to contact the consular emergency telephones of the competent General Consulates or by email to request clarifications, precisions or advice.
Medium risk areas:
They can be visited and it is possible to stay in the areas indicated below. However, extreme caution is recommended, in the sense described above, when conducting visits to:
The city of Monterrey. It is recommended to use hotels located in San Pedro Garza García and to ensure that most activities take place in this municipality, especially at night.
Los Mochis, Culiacán and Mazatlán (Sinaloa).
Hermosillo, Ciudad Obregón, Guaymas or Puerto Peñasco (Sonora).
Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito and the routes to Tecate and Mexicali (Baja California).
The city of Chihuahua and other points of the State, such as Cuauhtémoc, Hidalgo del Parral or Barranca del Cobre.
The city of Durango
The State of Morelos (capital Cuernavaca)
There is an increase in violence linked to drug trafficking as well as kidnappings. You should act prudently, inform yourself before visiting isolated cities and counties and try not to make night trips except in populated areas. Remain always alert to unforeseen incidents and concentrate their own activities on the purpose of the visit without venturing only to unknown places.
The State of San Luis Potosí.
The State of Veracruz
The State of Zacatecas (except the capital) and connecting roads from Aguascalientes (Aguascalientes) to Zacatecas.
The State of Jalisco
The rural areas of the State of Jalisco and the periphery of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara (capital of the state) have suffered an increase in criminal activities, which make it advisable to increase prudence. It is also advisable to use only toll roads (fee) and before making a trip always inquire about the place of destination and the route to be made.
In the State of Mexico, the secondary roads and the State localities adjoining the north and east of Mexico City, especially during the night