On Tuesday, December 17, the U.S. State Department issued a new alert asking American holiday travelers to exercise increased caution due to heightened levels of crime in Mexico. However, while crime and cartel violence remain an absolute serious issue in Mexico, this alert does little to provide context to those it impacts most: Americans getting ready for holiday vacations.
Here are the facts:
- While the “C” crime designation was added to the travel advisory triggering the new alert, the states most Americans visit on a vacation – Quintana Roo (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum), Baja California Sur (Cabo San Lucas) and Mexico City – were not impacted and their safety rating level remains the same
- Despite being in Jalisco, a level 3 rated state which received the new crime warning, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are specifically called out as being unrestricted for U.S. government employee travel. The fact is these destinations remain some of the most friendly to U.S. visitors, and using common sense, Americans can feel comfortable visiting these destinations
“Travelers planning a trip to Mexico for their holiday getaway should not hesitate to enjoy their trip,” advises Tom Brussow, YesToMexico President. “The U.S. State Department surely had good intentions with the alert, but given the ongoing misperceptions of traveler safety in vacation areas and sensational headlines, that is not what most people will interpret. Context is sorely needed, and the reality is this alert changes little in regard to the destinations most Americans will visit over the next several weeks.”