The U.S. Government issued a travel alert to Tamaulipas, specifically to the city of Matamoros after the violent events that have shaken this border town with Brownsville, Texas. Through a publication on its social networks, the U.S. Consulate General issued a statement from the State Department warning its citizens about the risks of traveling to Tamaulipas.

"Following last night's clashes between Mexican authorities and armed criminal groups, U.S. Consulate officials in Matamoros will restrict their movements to their homes, work, and U.S. ports of entry during the day and shelter between 7:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.," the document quotes.

On that note, the State Department recommends U.S. citizens not to travel to the State of Tamaulipas due to crime and kidnapping. "Assess your safety and movements throughout Matamoros. Monitor local news for updates, follow instructions from local officials, and in case of emergency, call 911," it states.

At the same time, it asks U.S. citizens to avoid crowds by always keeping a low profile and being aware of their surroundings, and reviewing personal security plans. Likewise, it requests U.S. residents to contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy if they need assistance and to make use of the contact forms.

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico by calling (55) 8526 2561 and from the U.S.: 1-844-528-6611 as well as the Department of State - Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444. There are also the links: Mexico International Travel Information. U.S. Passports, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Traveler's Checklist, Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter.