The United States government has issued a “do not travel” warning for parts of Mexico ahead of the winter break travel season. The advisory was issued due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, particularly in the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Sinaloa. The U.S. State Department has warned travelers to exercise increased caution when traveling to other parts of Mexico due to the high level of crime in the country.
The warning comes as many Americans are planning to travel to Mexico for winter break, which is a popular time for travel to the country. While the advisory is not a travel ban, it is meant to serve as a reminder to travelers of the risks associated with traveling to certain parts of Mexico. The U.S. government has also urged Americans to reconsider travel plans to Mexico altogether, particularly for those who are unvaccinated.
Mexico has been open to tourists since June 2020, but the country has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Mexico has reported more than 3.3 million COVID-19 cases and over 256,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The U.S. government has warned that health care facilities in Mexico are often overwhelmed, and that medical care may not be readily available in some areas.
Travelers are advised to check the State Department’s website for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories and restrictions. They are also advised to follow local public health guidelines, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing, while in Mexico.