State Department Issues Travel Warning For Parts Of Mexico, Including Cancun

US citizens warned about traveling to Mexico's Cancun and Los Cabos as violence increases

The State Department also announced that there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality.

Here's what you need to know about the latest Mexico travel warning.

Gangs involved in the narcotics trafficking are having gun battles taking place "on streets and in public places during broad daylight", according to the Travel Warning.

There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality.

Cancun and Los Cabos violence has been cited in a USA tourism warning issued by the State Department Tuesday, cautioning Americans about the surge in crime in the popular Mexico tourism destinations. The only warning for Quintana Roo in a December statement was about lack of cellular and Internet service in some areas. Turf battles have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens, and shooting incidents have injured or killed innocent bystanders.




The advisory said that Quintana Roo has seen a climb in homicide rates.

In the state of Quintana Roo, for example, - home of tourist favorite cities Cancun and Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel - Mexican government statistics show an increase in homicide rates this year compared to 2016.

The State Department warned that criminals target newer and larger vehicles but drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States are also targeted.

"In Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, 232 slayings have been reported this year, almost four times as many as during the same period last year". Officials have issued a new Travel Warning saying that violent crime - including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery - has targeted US citizens in several Mexican states. Travelers are urged to use caution in all areas of Mexico, even if no advisory is in effect for a particular area.

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