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U.S. issues ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for parts of Mexico: Travelers urged to use caution going to Cancun, other popular tourist destinations

The US Department of State has issued a “Do Not Travel” warning for six states in Mexico, citing increased crime and kidnapping risks associated with drug cartel activity. While popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya are under the “Exercise Increased Caution” category, the warning has many travelers thinking twice before venturing south of the border.

Deanna Taylor, a senior travel advisor for AAA Western and Central New York, says she has never had someone not return from Mexico due to a bad experience in her 30 years as a travel agent. Nevertheless, she advises tourists to exercise caution and avoid wandering outside resorts, especially at night. Taylor also recommends avoiding carrying a lot of cash and traveling alone. If you’re traveling with a tour group, never leave the resort.


If you’ve already planned a trip to Mexico and wish to change your destination, contact your travel agent, Taylor advises. Your agent should be able to rework your itinerary or cancel your trip, and if you have travel insurance, changes and cancellations should be covered.

The warning highlights the importance of being aware of your surroundings while traveling and staying up to date with travel advisories. The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of states in Mexico and their respective travel warnings on their website.



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