The U.S. gave Mexico a high “do-not travel” advisory alongside other war-torn countries like Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The five states are hotspots for drug cartels, human trafficking routes, or extensive drug cultivation crops–Tamaulipa, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero.

All of Mexico is on a level 2 travel risk rating meaning that all Americans should be cautious while travelling, but the five states are on a level 4–the highest level of potential danger.

Of the 31 states, an additional 11 were put on the level 3 warning, which encourages “reconsider travel” there.

Travel to Mexico is highly discouraged.

Here are some tips to keep you safe while traveling abroad:

  • Be sure to give yourself and/or your group ample time at the airport.
  • Know the requirements of the countries you are visiting. Most countries require that you have a valid passport for six months after your completed trip and up to three empty pages.
  • If you are a green card or visa holder—have all your documentation current and carry copies!
  • Make sure to research the country you are visiting. Understand the customs and what’s appropriate/not appropriate in that country.
  • Follow the US State Department’s advisories and travel updates rather than depending on friends at your destination or word of mouth. The travel.state.gov website is a great source for updated information along with their interactive country map.

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