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The US State Department currently recommends no travel to six states in Mexico, giving them a Level Four Travel Advisory – Do Not Travel.
Seven other states in Mexico have been issued a Level Three Warning – Reconsider Travel.
These travel advisories may give Americans pause when considering whether or not to plan a trip to Mexico.
But should Americans really worry about these travel advisories and avoid traveling to Mexico?
Here’s what you need to know about the current travel advisories for Mexico:
“Do not travel” advisory for Mexico
It is important to note that a Level Four Alert – Do Not Travel is not a travel restriction. It simply means that the US State Department strongly advises against traveling to a specific destination.
However, Americans are still free to travel to these places.
Currently, the US State Department suggests avoiding all travel to six Mexican states: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas.
While there are certainly areas in every state that Americans would want to avoid, these are places that tourists wouldn’t visit in the first place.
Applying a broad “Do Not Travel” warning to entire states ignores that there are many places in those states that are very safe and offer a lot of tourist value.
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Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism has even asked the US State Department to reconsider how travel advisories are enforced.
For example, although the entire state of Sinaloa is designated as Level Four Threats – Do Not Travel “due to crimes and kidnappings”, there are a number of locations in Sinaloa, such as Mazatlán , which are very safe and beautiful.
Likewise, Acapulco and Zihuatanejo in Guerrero, the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Michoacán, and the town of Colima in Colima are safe for tourists.
“Reconsider travel” advisory for Mexico
As with the Level Four Alert – Do Not Travel, a Level Three Alert – Reconsider Travel from the US State Department is not a restriction but rather a recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to certain locations.
In Mexico, seven states are currently under “Reconsider Travel” alerts, including several that are extremely popular with tourists, such as Baja California and Guanajuato.
If American travelers were to “reconsider travel” to these places, they might miss the breathtaking beauty of the colorful city of Guanajuato or the gorgeous 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.
Again, these travel advisories lack nuance and are overly cautious about completely safe destinations for tourists.
Should Americans be worried about US travel alerts for Mexico?
According to Kashlee Kucheran, founder of Travel Off Path and longtime Mexican expat, the answer is no:
“I believe the US State Department has unfairly placed a Level Four Advisory – Do Not Travel to the entire state of Sinaloa, including the tourist town of Mazatlán, which certainly does not deserve such a severe warning. .
I have lived in Mazatlán for four years now and I personally feel much safer here than in the majority of the United States. Crime in general, but especially against tourists, in Mazatlán is almost non-existent. The people here are extremely polite, welcoming to foreigners and very interested in a peaceful and happy life.
While it’s always important to exercise caution and take basic safety precautions when traveling to Mexico or anywhere else in the world, Americans shouldn’t be afraid to visit interesting destinations simply because of the US State Department travel alerts.
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