The State Department is asking U.S. tourists to be careful when visiting the southern neighbor, but five Mexican states have received the highest warning under an overhauled travel advisory system.
The department on Wednesday gave a “do not travel” advisory—the harshest of the new four-level alert classification—to northern Mexico’s border state of Tamaulipas and the country’s Pacific coast states of Sinaloa, Guerrero, Michoacan and Colima. The advisory cites that these states are rife with crime.
The department has previously warned about traveling to all or part of the five states, but the new rating puts them in the same category as Somalia, Yemen, Syria or Afghanistan, according to the Chicago Tribune .
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“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery is widespread,” the advisory reads. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens …