(KGTV) - The U.S. State Department recently issued an updated travel advisory for parts of Mexico due to violent crime.
The federal government warned Americans not to travel to the states of Colina, Guerrero, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Michoacán.
Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread, according to the State Department’s website.
A Level 2 or “Exercise Increase Caution” warning was put in effect for Baja California Sur. U.S. Government employees are banned from traveling between cities at night, and patronizing adult clubs and casinos in Aguascalientes.
There are no government restrictions in Baja California tourist areas including Ensenada, Rosarito and Tijuana.
If you decide to travel to Mexico, the State Department has recommendations:
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at night.
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .