High Levels of Violence and Criminal Activity

Millions of internationals safely visit Mexico each year for tourism, study, and business. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that criminals have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.

Criminal organizations within Mexico are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other territorial disputes. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. Between 2006 and 2011, approximately 47,500 people were killed in narcotics related violence in Mexico.

Gun battles between criminals and Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially within border regions. Car-jackings and highway robbery are also of serious concern in these regions. To reduce the risk of being attacked, travel only by road if absolutely necessary and limit your travel between cities to daylight hours. Avoid isolated roads and use toll roads whenever possible.

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