US travel advisory for Mexico: avoid trips to five Mexican states

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for Mexico before the start of the summer vacation period about the dangers of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

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)

The U.S. government issued a travel alert for Mexico, asking its citizens and officials not to visit five states in the country, where it warns that crimes such as murder, kidnapping, vehicle theft, and robbery are widespread.

According to this travel alert, the entities referred to are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

According to the document issued by the State Department, battles for territory between antagonistic organized crime groups have resulted in a series of violent crimes in these entities.

"Territory battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crimes in areas frequented by U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees, including restaurants and shopping malls.

It also warned that criminal groups have recently chosen to attack and rob commercial ships, oil platforms, and offshore supply vessels in Campeche Bay.

Mexico is ranked by U.S. authorities at level 2 in terms of security, out of a total of 5.