Mexico government asks US to stop including tourist sites in travel advisory

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Standing by the tourism sector which is currently suffering from many reports of increased violence in popular destinations, The Mexican government has formally requested the United States not “generalizing” When issuing travel warnings.

Namely, it has been suggested that any alerts affecting entire cities and/or states should be more specific.

Aerial view of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexican Caribbean, Mexico

Although Mexico remains indisputably the top-rated vacation destination for millions of Americans, security concerns raised by US authorities have led to speculation that the country may no longer be safe. Even in Cancun, where the National Guard has been deployed to keep tourists safe, the warnings have proven particularly harmful.

Now, Mexico strong defense Its hard-earned reputation as a tourist oasis:

Mexico wants more transparency from US authorities on travel warnings

Blonde young woman lying on a tropical beach

Having succeeded in the task of crowning Mexico as one of the most visited countries in the world after Covid, Tourism Minister Miguel Toroco is now working to tackle the scrutiny recently placed on the country’s security forces. Despite Mexico’s efforts, Many now believe that it is a country to be avoided due to its high crime rates.

The change in perception can be attributed to the US State Department’s travel advisory, which only lists 2 out of 32 Mexican states are perfectly safe For American travelers, who are the Campeche and Yucatan. Relatively speaking, travel warnings have been issued to all other major tourist areas, including Quintana Roo, Baja California Sur and Jalisco.

Tulum Archaeological Complex, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico

As stated in the travel advisory, Americans should either reconsider, or be more careful When traveling to these destinations due to crime and even the risk of kidnapping. Anticipating trouble ahead, Torruco requested a meeting with Rena Bitter, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.

During the Washington meeting, where other concerns were also discussed, Toroko suggested that the US State Department’s travel alerts You should be more specific in their classification of the danger zones in Mexico. In the words of Torruco, they should “detail, not generalize, which areas could represent problems”.

Mexican police patrol the beach in Mexico

While the travel advice is very broad, and the security alerts are somewhat more detailed under each dedicated section in each Mexican state, they fail to more accurately identify neighborhoods or areas affected by crime in relevant cities.

Instead, the US State Department chooses to advise Americans to exercise caution when visiting as a whole.

Quintana Roo is one of the destinations targeted by the US Department of State

Orange luggage with a Cancun card, airport blurred background, Cancun, Mexico

Let’s take the example of Quintana Roo: Counseling indicates that criminal activity and violence may occur in Anywhere and at any time, including in popular tourist destinations. Furthermore, the guidelines state that travelers should exercise “extreme caution”, especially after dark, when walking in downtown Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen.

There might be a real pill in it, but The same can be said for any other destination, or any other country. As Torruco emphasized, “some isolated cases of insecurity were found within several kilometers of tourist destinations,” which calls into question the US State Department’s classification of Quintana Roo’s three largest cities as unsafe.

Crowded beach in Cancun, Mexico

While we can expect Torruco to defend Quintana Roo’s honor, we also know that there have been shootings in tourist areas, including within luxury complexes, giving some importance to the American rating.

However, in his defense, They do not target tourists Instead it was the result of gang feuds, something even the United States would admit.

The Mexican government is ready to deal with the escalation of violence in tourist places

Soldiers on the beach in Cancun, Mexico

Despite apparent disagreements over what constitutes a safe tourist destination, Torruco considered the meeting “friendly” and found “openness and willingness to accept the proposal”. while, Mexico is taking further steps to eradicate the trend of crimeincluding crackdowns on corrupt police who have been known to extort tourists.

Torruco also personally handed Bitter a document describing actions municipal, state and federal authorities have taken to protect American tourists on Quintana Roo, hoping the US will reconsider its travel warnings. Or then, at least, admit it The Mexican government is ready to deal with the escalation of violence.

Aerial view of Cancun city and hotel area in Cancun, Mexico

Finally, he noted that 3.18 million Americans traveled to Mexico during the first quarter of the year, highlighting the close links between the two North American and North American nations. Need to cooperate on safety issues.

So far, the US State Department has not yet made significant changes to its classification of Mexican states, although any updates will be posted here.

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