Ahead of the Holy Week and Easter holidays, the U.S. government urged its officials and citizens not to use highways in states where organized crime has increased violence.
It focused its alert on highways, tourist spots and cities in Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Nayarit and Sonora. In Colima, he urged not to travel on the highways that connect with Jalisco and Michoacán.
In Tamaulipas, he advised not to use any roads and warned about a "night curfew". In Michoacán, he recommended not to travel to any municipality and warned that the only moderately safe route is Federal Highway 15D to travel through the state, between Mexico City and Guadalajara.
To go to Lázaro Cárdenas, he recommended only by air. Sinaloa is also on alert, specifically for Mazatlan, he recommended only arriving by air or sea. He called not to use the Celaya-Salamanca-Irapuato highway in Guanajuato. He also warned about the area of Jalisco bordering Michoacán and the highways of Cocula.
In Nayarit, it vetoed the Tepic-San Blas road, and in Zacatecas it warned about almost all its highways. By cities, it advised against visiting Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, in Guerrero. And also the Mexicali Valley, in Baja California; Ciudad Juarez and Nuevo Casas Grandes, in Chihuahua; Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña, in Coahuila, and the south of Durango, which borders Zacatecas.
Dangerous highways, according to the US
In Baja California: Mexicali Valley. Avoid highways between the borders of Sonora, Arizona, and California.
In Chihuahua: Ciudad Juarez. You can only travel from this city to Chihuahua during the day on Federal Highway 45.
Casas Grandes. They can only travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area through the US, entering Mexico through the Paloma's US bridge.
In Coahuila: Piedras Negras and Acuña. Travel directly from the US and observe a curfew from midnight to 6:00 am.
In Colima: Colima. Do not travel within 20 kilometers of the border between Colima and Michoacán and with Jalisco.
Manzanillo. Only visit tourist and port areas.
In Durango: Federal Highway 45. Do not travel to the west and south of the state by this route.
In Guanajuato: Federal Highway 45D. Do not travel to the southern area of this road between Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.
In Guerrero: Do not travel to Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, and Ixtapa due to crime, kidnapping, and road closures.
In Jalisco: Border with Michoacan. Do not travel within 12 miles of this border.
Cocula. No travel on Federal Highway 80 south of this city.
In Michoacán: Lázaro Cárdenas. Travel only by air and limit activities to downtown or port areas.
In Nayarit: Tepic and San Blas. Do not travel to these two municipalities.
In Oaxaca: Isthmus region. Do not travel to Oaxaca on Federal Highway 185D, Highway 190, and the border between Oaxaca and Chiapas. This includes Juchitán, Salina Cruz and San Blas Atempa.
Pinotepa. Do not use Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and the border between Oaxaca and Guerrero.
In Sinaloa: Mazatlan. Travel only by air or sea, they are limited to the golden zone and the historic center of the city.
Los Mochis and Topolobampo. Traveling only by air or sea, they are restricted to the city and the port.
In Sonora: Nogales. Do not travel to certain areas of this municipality or use cab services.
Do not travel south of Guaymas, including Empalme, Obregón and Navojoa.
In Tamaulipas: Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros. Travel within a limited radius around and between U.S. consulates, their homes, and ports of entry.
They may not travel between cities in this entity using highways in the interior of Mexico.
In Zacatecas: Fresnillo. May not travel to this municipality or use Federal Highway 45 and Federal Highway 23.