Department of State issues Mexico travel warning for U.S. citizens

The agency cautioned USA citizens that homicide rates are on the rise in areas such as the states of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, and Baja California Sur, which is home to Los Cabos. It also said there is no evidence that Americans are being targeted due to their nationality and that resort areas and tourist destinations generally do not see a high level of drug-related violence and crime compared to border regions or areas along major trafficking routes.

The State Department warns of three types of kidnapping: "traditional", in which a victim is physically abducted and held for ransom; "express", in which a victim his held for a short time and forced to withdraw money; and "virtual", in which a victim is coerced by phone threats to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until a ransom is paid.

The travel warning issued by State Department officials explained that USA citizens had been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads.

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for popular tourist destinations Cancun and Los Cabos in Mexico because of the country's ongoing drug wars.

The State Department has issued a fresh assessment of travel concerns in Mexico which includes several popular tourism spots.

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun

In Los Cabos, located in Baja California Sur, the department says criminal activity continues to be an issue and the homicide rate is high.

Quintana Roo - home not only to Cancun, but also Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel - alone draws 10 million tourists a year alone, according to Bloomberg.

The warning, issued Tuesday, forbids US government personnel and their families from personal travel to all "non-essential" areas, along with a ban from adult clubs and gambling establishments in Cohuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit. It also prohibits personal travel to all impacted areas by US government personnel and their families. Most are said to be between rival criminal gangs, but innocent bystanders have been killed in shootings. In Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, the homicide rate has been on the rise since previous year.

Mexico City remains without an advisory.

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