United States updates travel alert in Mexico: No warning for Puerto Vallarta

The US Department of State published the annual update to the Travel Alerts for Mexico on Thursday morning and classified parts of the country between level 2 and 4, recommending that people visiting Mexican territory be alert for the possibility of risks.

There are no restrictions or advisories issued for Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, or Ajijic in the State of Jalisco.

The US government asks its citizens to exercise caution in Mexico due to crime. They add that violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, and robbery are widespread throughout the country.

The authorities added that some areas have more security problems than others. They recommend not visiting Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, and Tamaulipas because they consider that crimes are frequent in those states. They also ask citizens not to travel to Sinaloa because of the presence of organized crime.

The US government warns that they have a limited capacity to provide emergency services in Mexico.

Given this, the State Department recommends that Americans use toll roads and avoid driving alone or at night in Mexico. Ensures that police presence and emergency services are limited outside the capital or major cities in many states.

It also advises that citizens be very careful when visiting bars, nightclubs or casinos, do not show signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry, and be very attentive when visiting banks or ATMs.

The rest of the information on the precautions in Mexico can be found at www.travel.state.gov.

The Federal Ministry of Tourism indicated that the main destinations visited by American tourists are the Riviera Maya in Cancun, Quintana Roo; Mexico City; Los Cabos, Baja California Sur; and Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara in Jalisco; such destinations capture 88.9 percent of tourist tickets by air.