Overseas Workplace points warning for UK travellers after violence escalates

The Overseas Workplace has issued a warning towards journey to massive components of Mexico, during which it’s thought-about that threat to British nationals is unacceptably excessive, as drug cartel-related violence continues to escalate. It now warns towards non-essential journey to the vast majority of seven states: Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Colima, in addition to a lot of the states of Jalisco, components of Guanajuato and the town of Tijuana that borders California within the US.

Tourism is basically concentrated outdoors these areas, on the Yucatan peninsula, Baja California, Mexico Metropolis and Pacific coast resorts round Puerto Vallarta, to which the Overseas Workplace doesn’t presently advise towards travelling to. The Guerrero resort metropolis of Acapulco can also be excluded from the most recent recommendation, however the Overseas, Commonwealth an Growth Workplace (FCDO) cautions that “as a consequence of a rise in violent crime, [visitors] ought to be additional vigilant in Acapulco and surrounding areas” and will – if potential – arrive by air, fairly than by street in Guerrero state.

In the identical context, it warns that “drug-related violence in Mexico has elevated over current years” and that whereas violence is extra closely concentrated in some areas, “few areas are completely immune”. The warning explains that main vacationer locations, together with Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel on the Caribbean coast and Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific, have an elevated police presence.

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Nevertheless, the Overseas Workplace warns that there have been clashes between rival prison gangs in and round Cancun previously 18 months. Two overseas vacationers have been killed in Tulum in October 2021, with extra injured throughout a shootout in Puerto Morelos in July and in Playa del Carmen the next month. Whereas vacationers usually are not immediately focused, some have been caught within the violence and, the FCDO warns, “British travellers have been bodily and sexually assaulted”.

Vacationers are suggested to “train elevated warning after darkish in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, and stay in well-lit pedestrian streets and vacationer zones”. They’ve additionally been directed to observe native recommendation, stay vigilant and observe the recommendation of the native authorities and their tour operator.

In August, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs issued a “Do Not Journey” alert for the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas as a consequence of crime and kidnapping dangers, with a “Rethink Journey” warning for seven extra states.

Well-liked winter solar vacation spot

Within the first six months of this yr, Mexico welcomed greater than 21m vacationer arrivals. The UK is the nation’s fourth largest market (behind the US, Canada and Colombia), with 325,446 guests between January and July this yr – nearly a 700 per cent improve from 2021. The nation is a well-liked winter solar vacation spot for British vacationers, with package deal holidays supplied by main operators, together with Tui and Virgin Holidays.

Total, the most important port of entry was the Caribbean metropolis of Cancun in Yucatan, adopted by Mexico Metropolis, Los Cabos (Baja California) and Puerto Vallarta.

Since he took workplace in 2018, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador changed the nation’s federal police with a brand new nationwide guard to fight corruption and quell drug-fueled violence. This month, the nationwide guard was put beneath army management.

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