The US State Department has updated their warning for US Citizens traveling in Mexico. Due to last week’s events throughout the state, the US Government has issued stronger warnings.
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco – Exercise caution throughout the state, particularly in rural areas and when using secondary highways. Violent clashes between criminal organizations and government authorities, and related disturbances including barricades of burning vehicles blocking major roads and highways, are ongoing concerns that typically occur without notice.[/box]
The US State Department has long warned against travel at the Jalisco border of Michoacán and Zacatecas, however previous warnings have included language that clarified travel between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta was considered safe, language removed from the latest warning while issuing a statewide warning to exercise caution.
In August 2014 the State Department warning read “There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.”
While the updated warning does not specify Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta, it is clear that they no longer feel comfortable reassuring Americans that these areas are safe, as they have in the past.
You can read the entire text for Mexico and state-by-state breakdown HERE