The U.S. Department of State (DoS) updated this Thursday its annual travel alert to Mexico in which it recommended its citizens to reconsider traveling to our country due to the prevalence of Covid-19 and the high rates of violence and insecurity. The U.S. entity maintained Mexico at a general level 3 risk (reconsider travel), the same as last year.

However, at the state level, some entities were rated with a higher level of risk due to violence in their territories and half of the country, 16 entities, "at risk of kidnapping" for U.S. citizens. Campeche and Yucatan have the lowest risk rating, according to the DoS.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a level 3 travel health advisory for Mexico due to Covid-19, indicating a high level (of the disease) in the country. Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine," the alert stated.

Regarding insecurity, it stated: "Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside of the state capital or major cities."

Five states remain at level 4 (no travel) as they were a year ago: Sinaloa, for crime and kidnapping; Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, and Tamaulipas, for crime and kidnapping.

In this annual report, Baja California and Guanajuato were rated with a higher risk level as opposed to 2020, going from level 2 (exercise greater caution when traveling) to level 3 (reconsider travel). On this alert scale are nine other entities: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, State of Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Sonora and Zacatecas.

In level 2 of this classification are 14 entities: Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, Tlaxcala and Veracruz. It should be noted that Nuevo León and San Luis dropped from level 3 to 2.

In contrast to the 2020 report, this year's report shows two Mexican states with level 1 (usual precautions when traveling): Campeche and Yucatan, which a year ago were considered level 2.

In the kidnapping risk indicator of this travel alert for U.S. citizens, 16 states appear: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Jalisco, State of Mexico, Morelos, Sonora, Zacatecas, Mexico City, Nuevo León and Puebla.