Should Americans Be Concerned About U.S. Travel Alerts For Mexico? – Travel Off Path

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The U.S. Department of State is currently recommending against travel to six states in Mexico, giving them a Level Four – Do Not Travel travel advisory.
Seven additional states in Mexico have been given a Level Three – Reconsider Travel warning.
These travel advisories may give Americans pause when considering whether or not to plan a trip to Mexico.
But should Americans actually be concerned about these travel warnings and avoid travel to Mexico?
Here’s what you need to know about the current travel advisories for Mexico:
It’s important to note that a Level Four – Do Not Travel alert is not a travel restriction. It just means that the U.S. Department of State strongly recommends against travel to a specific destination.
However, Americans are still free to travel to these places.
Currently, the U.S. Department of State suggests avoiding all travel to six Mexican states: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas.
While there are certainly areas in each state that Americans would want to avoid, these are places that tourists would not be visiting in the first place.
Applying a broad “Do Not Travel” warning to entire states ignores that there are many places within these states that are very safe and offer lots of tourist value.
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Mexico’s Tourism Ministry has even asked the U.S. Department of State to reconsider how travel advisories are applied.
For example, although the entire state of Sinaloa is designated as Level Four – Do Not Travel “due to crime and kidnapping” threats, there are a number of places in Sinaloa, like Mazatlán, that are very safe and beautiful.
Similarly, Acapulco and Zihuatanejo in Guerrero, the monarch butterfly reserve in Michoacán, and Colima city in Colima are safe for tourists to visit.
Like with Level Four – Do Not Travel alerts, a Level Three – Reconsider Travel alert from the U.S. Department of State is not a restriction but rather a recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to certain places.
In Mexico, seven states currently fall under a “Reconsider Travel” alert, including several that are extremely popular with tourists, like Baja California and Guanajuato.
If American travelers were to “reconsider travel” to these places, they might miss the stunning beauty of the colorful city of Guanajuato or the magnificent beaches of Cabo, which was recently ranked as the best destination in Mexico.
In fact, research also shows that Cabo is also one of the safest destinations in all of Mexico.
Once again, these travel advisories lack nuance and are overly cautious regarding destinations that are completely safe for tourists to visit.
According to Kashlee Kucheran, founder of Travel Off Path and long-time Mexico expat, the answer is no:
“I feel that the U.S. Department of State has unfairly placed a Level Four – Do Not Travel advisory on the entire state of Sinaloa, including the touristic city of Mazatlán, which definitely does not deserve such a harsh warning.
I’ve been living in Mazatlán for four years now, and I personally feel much safer here than I do in the majority of the United States. Crime in general, but especially against tourists, in Mazatlán is almost nonexistent. The people here are extremely polite, welcoming to foreigners, and very interested in a peaceful, happy life.”
While it’s always important to exercise caution and take basic safety precautions while traveling in Mexico or anywhere else in the world, Americans should not be scared off from visiting worthwhile destinations just because of U.S. Department of State travel alerts.
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Friday 25th of November 2022
Terrorism is non existent in Mexico, but common in Europe. Terrorists target civilians at random, while criminals only target their competitors leaving all of us in peace. But all the travel advisories ignore that fact.
Wallace Green
Friday 25th of November 2022
If you are not into dealing drugs or laundering money, the “bad guys” have no interest in you.
And of course, we can always believe what the US government tells us.😏
Friday 25th of November 2022
Mexico is safer than USA with all USA gun violence! Remove cartel drug violence and Mexico is far, far, far safer than America. I have lived here 7 years and I feel far safer than I ever did in USA.
In the USA, 321 people are shot by guns every day, according to statistics using data provided by Heathcare Cost and Utilization Project’s HCUPnet. Among those, 111 shot are fatal and 95 shot of those are intentionally shot by someone else and survived.
That’s 117,165 Americans shot annually. 40,515 American die from being shot and 34,675 are shot but survive.
It is estimated that this carnage takes 1.5% off the annual USA GDP (Gross Domestic Product) due to leagl costs, healthcare costs, police costs, insurance costs.
The USA is the mosts dangerous country to live in the world especially for children under 10. Leading cause of death for children under 10 is being shot and dying. Only country on the planet with this morbid statistic.
Like Canada, Mexico has a privilege to own guns, not a right like USA. A driver’s license is a privilege.
Thursday 24th of November 2022
Please sheeple who watch TV all day, don’t come. Mexico is Dangerous!!! You will loose your shirt 😉
Thursday 24th of November 2022
Yes, worry about going to Mexico, don’t go. Go to another warm and safe location. Saving a few hundred dollars isn’t worth your life!
Thursday 24th of November 2022
@Steve, you either live here already or you’ve hit on the exact thing some of us who do live here say when asked if Mexico is safe! Ha!
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