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Mexico's Major Tourism Destinations Receive NO Travel Restrictions from U.S. State Department

Mexico is Safe

July 16, 2018 – The Mexico Tourism Board issued the following statement regarding the updated travel advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State: “The U.S. Department of State today confirmed that major international tourism destinations in Mexico are safe."

According to the updated travel advisory for Mexico and specific mentions for Mexican states and major cities, Mexico’s major international tourist destinations have been explicitly listed as having no travel restrictions or they exist in states where there are no special travel advisories for tourists.

There are no travel bans or travel restrictions against travel to more than 40 of Mexico’s major international tourist destinations.

As it pertains to this updated travel advisory for Mexico, the U.S. Department of State advises to ‘Reconsider Travel’ to select Mexican states, but then exempts the tourist destinations within those states. This exception to tourism destinations highlights the fact that the vast majority of crimes in Mexico do not occur in areas frequented by international tourists. And even in the rare cases of crime within tourist areas, incidents involving international tourists are incredibly rare.

The truth is very simple: the vast majority of Mexico is safe for tourists.

Mexico is now the 6th most visited country in the world with 39.3 million international visitors in 2017. The Mexico government and entire tourism industry continue to invest in initiatives to ensure the safety and satisfaction of visitors coming to Mexico each year. These steps are the reason why Mexico’s tourism industry has been experiencing a growth rate above industry-average levels for the last 5 years.

We are pleased to highlight again that the updated U.S. Department of State travel advisory for Mexico confirms that all of Mexico’s major international tourist destinations are safe. This includes confirming that the following states, which are home to Mexico’s largest and most popular international tourism destinations, have no travel restrictions: Quintana Roo (Cancun), Baja California Sur (Cabo), Mexico City, Yucatán, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Guanajuato, Baja California, Querétaro, Campeche, Veracruz, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Aguascalientes and Hidalgo.

And within these select states, the following tourism destinations also have been given no travel restrictions:

  • Sinaloa: Mazatlán (Zona Dorada, historic town center), Los Mochis, Port Topolobampo

  • Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, Ajijic

  • Nayarit: Riviera Nayarit including Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, Santa Maria del Oro, Xalisco

  • Colima: Manzanillo

  • Michoacán: Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas (both by air or federal road 15D)

  • Coahuila: Piedras Negras, Acuna City

Mexico’s tourism industry and the Mexico Tourism Board is committed to working with all organizations involved to ensure accurate information is delivered in a consistent and transparent manner.


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  • To view current Mexico Travel Advisories issued by the U.S. State Department, please click here.


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