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Links You Should Read Before Driving Into Mexico

Links You Should Read Before Driving Into Mexico
by Bob Peltier of TexasGulfCoastOnline

Vehicular Travel Warning Issued for Border Areas

“Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.”

The Department of State has issued this travel warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in Mexico, and to advise that the authorized departure of family members of U.S. government personnel from U.S. Consulates in the northern Mexico border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros has been extended.

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year.
 This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border regionand in areas along major drug trafficking routes. Nevertheless, crime and violence are serious problems. While most victims of violence are Mexican citizens associated with criminal activity, the security situation poses serious risks for U.S. citizens as well.

It is imperative that U.S. citizens understand the risks involved in travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and who to contact if one becomes a victim of crime or violence. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where criminal activity might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable. U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are urged to contact the consular section of the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy for advice and assistance.

U.S. citizens are urged to monitor local media for information about fast-breaking situations that could affect their security.

1. Mexico Security Update. The update contains information about recent security incidents in Mexico that could affect the safety of the traveling public.

2. Mexico Country Specific Information. A more detailed look at staying safe in Mexico.

3. Spring Break in Mexico- Know Before You Go. Information on security and travel to popular tourist destinations.

4. http://travel.state.gov/. Visit this link for the latest security information. U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the Embassy or nearest U.S. consulate via the Department of State’s on-line registration service at http://travel.state.gov.

Travel registration allows the Department of State to contact its citizens in the event of an emergency and to provide up-to-date safety and security information. Registrants wishing to receive such information must provide an e-mail address with their registration. All registrants are urged to provide complete contact information and a departure date when completing their registration on-line.   

5. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock.
The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000.  You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov. The Embassy's internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.

Be safe, live long and prosper my friends.

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