In advance of holiday travel
The U.S. Department of State has upgraded its Mexico Travel Advisory as of December 17, 2019. Travelers are directed to read the entire Travel Advisory. The rankings of severity range from Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution to Level 3: Reconsider Travel; and include Level 4: Do Not Travel. Specific localities are named under each heading.
The advisory warns:
“Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.”
A separate page titled, High-Risk Area Travelers, rigorously cautions:
“Before you go to a high risk area,” Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney. Discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc. Leave DNA samples with your medical provider in case it is necessary for your family to access them.
Crime is so rampant in Mexico, even the U.K.’s The Sun newspaper posted the U.S. State Department’s advisories.