Canada issues new travel advisory for MX

Non-essential travel to border states discouraged

The government of Canada has issued an updated travel advisory for Mexico, warning citizens of potential dangers when travelling south, particularly in the northern border states.

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Travelers are urged to “exercise a high degree of caution . . . due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country.”

In all of the northern states but one, Baja California, citizens are advised to avoid all non-essential travel “due to high levels of violence, linked mainly to organized crime.”

The warning applies to Chihuahua, Coahuila (except Saltillo), Durango, Nuevo León (except Monterrey), Sinaloa (except Mazatlán), Sonora (except Hermosillo and Guaymas-San Carlos) and Tamaulipas.

The document suggests that a high degree of caution should be exercised in cities and towns that are not mentioned in its state-by-state warning.

In a section titled “safety and security,” Canadian citizens are urged to travel to Mexico by air and avoid landing in border cities, emphasizing the recommendation against doing so in the northern states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas.

“In northern Mexico, particularly along the border with the United States, organized crime and urban violence greatly affect security. Confrontations between organized criminal groups and Mexican authorities continue to pose a problem,” reads the advisory, explaining that “shootouts, attacks and illegal roadblocks may occur without warning.”

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The document says all non-essential travel should also be avoided due to the high levels of violence and organized crime in the western states of Guerrero, including Acapulco but excluding Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco, and Michoacán, excluding the city of Morelia.

Warnings are also given for Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit due to high levels of criminal activity.

The states of Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo were also mentioned: while organized crime “does not target tourists, violence related to organized crime has been on the rise throughout the country in 2017,” especially in those states.

Concerns over the safety of drinks and food have led to the inclusion of the warning that travelers should “be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances or strangers . . . as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.”

Source: El Sol del Centro (sp), El Heraldo de Chihuahua (sp)

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  • Güerito

    When did Trump become Canadian PM??

    • Glen Olives

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      • Güerito

        Hey, Glen. Congrats on the new book!

        I added it to my cart, but I won’t be picking up my Amazon orders in the US until April, so it might be a while before I can get a review up.

        • Glen Olives

          Haha — I know what you mean. I keep adding books to my cart not knowing how I’m going to pay for them.

          • Mason

            haha, yeah I just can’t stop buying your book..

        • Mason

          wow, Glen plays SPAM with sock puppets..

      • CensorSheep

        Hegel is dead. For a good _reason.

      • Ge0ffrey

        Did you mean “sparred”?

        • Glen Olives

          yup, thanks for the spell check.

          • Ge0ffrey

            You can edit your post you know.

          • Glen Olives

            Thanks once again for the advice.

      • Mason

        You wrote a book and you have trouble making complete sentences ? Good Job. Speacail.

    • Ge0ffrey

      Trump? Trudeau has adopted Obama’s policies, not Trump’s. Nice bit of revisionist history there. This is exactly what Obama did to Mexico for eight years. At least Trudeau hasn’t given automatic weapons to the drug cartels as Obama did (google “fast and furious”). We’ll see in a year or two if this continues to occur in the US State Department under Trump after he drains the State Department swamp. Meanwhile, leftists like Trudeau and Obama before him want Mexico to fall into the hands of Communists.

  • mexitarrio

    boy way to be on the ball Canada ! right up to date lolololol , not stopping me from travelling , was just in Mex in oct/nov and going back in march ,,, ,

    • BB

      It’s like saying there’s a lot of violence on the west coast of Mexico, so be careful going to Cancun. smh

  • Paul Wilkins

    Though I don`t feel the need to be on heightened alert where I live in Mexico, this is a reminder that some parts of Mexico are OK to go to, while some are not. There are people claiming a-l-l of Mexico is dangerous and judging by the record number of Canadian visitors, it appears they`re usually ignored thankfully.

  • Gary Blake

    a fool and his head, soon go separate ways! Hope the meter ain’t still running, it’s a killer!

  • Glen Olives

    Over a decade and a half in northern Mexico, and not a single bullet hole. Strange. It seems that governments are equally susceptible to the culture of fear as individuals.

    • Mason

      yeah, it is nice being a gringo with money. You can always stay in protected areas.

      Good thing you are not a common Mexican forced to go to work in the dark hours and come home in the dark hours in poor neighborhoods.

      • Glen Olives

        Not a gringo with money. Don’t live in a gated community. Come and go at all hours.

  • Mason

    I bet this will put a dent in Cancun winter bookings.

    • gypsyken

      The Canadian advisory suggests that people should fly to resorts such as Cancun. Mexico’s immigration and car import regulations suggest that is what its government prefers, too.

      • Mason

        It also says be careful about people putting things in your food and drink. Probably will not make lots of people real cozy with MX travel plans.

        • BB

          Won’t make a dent. Cancun and Merida are gearing up for record arrivals.

          • Kool

            lol. We are going to see what happened to Acapulco and Mazatlan. Travel Warnings and uncontrollable violence do it every time.

  • Interesting…

  • Mike S

    “Warnings are also given for Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit due to high levels of criminal activity.”
    At the present time. there is almost no danger to tourists and ex-pats who use the slightest bit of common sense in Jalisco or Colima whatsoever. The Lake Chapala area of Jalisco is home to 40,000 tourists and ex-pats from the north in the winter and is far safer than most big US and Canadian cities. Some border states are a problem but they are not tourist destinations. The ugly hard drug addictions mostly spawned by US Big Pharma are destroying Mexico- 63,000 over dose deaths in US last year. When are Trump and Sessions going to wake up and realize we have a major crisis on our hands and neither incarceration nor a wall is the answer??? We need big funding for rehabilitation and k-6 to k-12 education programs.

    • kallen

      “drug addictions mostly spawned by US Big Pharma” – nobody forced them to do drugs and everyone knows the dangers so why do we always want to blame someone else?

      • Mike S

        Hard drug related deaths have tripled in last 10 years in the US. Over 60,000 in 2016 and 2017 will be worse. This is a national emergency. Half of these deaths are people abusing prescription drugs. Half of US doctors are mostly sales reps for Big Phama and there is big money in potentially addictive pain killers. US consumes most of the world’s supply of opiates- natural or synthetic. Over 300 million does of Oxycodone alone were prescribed in the US last year for pain relief. It is highly addictive. Other prescription drugs like fentanyl are worse. When doctors cut off prescriptions, addicted people turn to street drugs of unknown potency and over dose. It’s a lucrative $40 billion a year business for Mexican suppliers and that is the principal reason for violence and cartels ruining Mexican society. For unknown reasons, America has a lot of depressed people with addictive personalities who are vulnerable. Easy for you to say “nobody forced them to do drugs” until it hits home with your family. This is a national emergency that no wall or higher rates of incarceration will solve. Unfortunately we have two morons (Trump & Sessions) dealing with this so don’t expect things to get better in either country.

        • kallen

          I agree with everything you said BUT at some point people have to take responsibility for their decisions and their lives. Collectively, Americans have turned into whining, pathetic cry-babies who always point the finger at someone else. It’s everywhere. It’s never the misbehaving student; its the teacher. It’s never the obese person; it’s McDonalds, it’s never the person buying the gas-guzzler; its the oil companies. This is repeated ad-infinitum. Collective denial of culpability is making it impossible for our nation to rise to the challenges confronting us. We need to step up to the plate and get real.

          • Mike S

            So you believe government has no role in solving these problems- that it’s all an individual problem of Americans’ lack of individual moral will power? What about holding Big Pharma and doctors accountable? Only government can do that. What about spending some serious money on educational programs K-6 through K-12 educating youth on the physical and mental perils of hard drug usage? Only government can do that on a big scale. What about spending more on rehabilitation instead of incarceration? Only government can do that. We have a very serious problem on our hands in both countries and the War on Drugs has been an expensive colossal failure. We put airbags and seat belts in cars and require insurance and driver training and it had a positive effect on society. Government taxes cigarettes and put warning labels on packages and banned smoking in public places and spent big bucks on education about smoking and health problems and it had a positive effect. You can not compare gluttony and obesity to this problem. Addictions are very strong forces. The life expectancy of Americans went down in 2017 for the first time ever. We have a problem Houston and Agent Orange thinks a $35 billion wall will solve it. .

          • kallen

            It seems like you just want to argue so I won’t address your points individually. I never said big pharma or doctors or cigarette companies etc are without culpability and I never said government should do nothing. It boils down to understanding the human condition; not only is it not possible for government to solve all our problems, but many people don’t want them to.even if they could. And who is to decide? We are here because voters in both countries have chosen this path.

            Above all else I desire free will, to live my life as I choose. I certainly don’t want government micro-managing my life just because other segments of the population can’t manage theirs. I eschew one size fits all solutions and I would prefer that in cases where humans can’t control their impulses and mange their own lives that government let Darwin take care of the problem.

          • Mike S

            Yes I like vigorous debate so don’t take it personally. I too value freedom and personal choices. I also believe in a single payer universal health care system. You might say that is removing freedom and choice. How much freedom and choice does a very sick person who is without heath care have? You do not live on an island- you are connected to society whether you like it or not. What’s going on in the US and Mexico affects us all. It’s easy to say “why can’t people just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and be sensible and wonderful like me”. Just remember for whom the bell tolls. It does take a village and the government policies we enact affects the well being, happiness, and higher personal choices available in that village. I see no viable solutions from the plutocratic bigoted Trump Administration.

          • kallen

            Its all good Mike. Frankly, we’ve got a perfect storm of monstrous problems brewing that will converge within the next 50 years: climate change, over-population, degraded oceans and fisheries, mass species extinctions, elimination of forests and huge resource constraints. We’ll be doing well if we can come out the other side with ourselves and the planet intact. I put helping drug addicts near the bottom. In fact, once drug addicts are identified by society through the criminal justice system, I think they should be given the option of incarceration or signing a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). If they still become repeat offenders then sterilization should also be offered in lieu of incarceration. If we don’t get population growth under control, nature will do it for us and it won’t be pretty. Best to cull the undesirables now. We’re simply running out of time and if we don’t get a handle on it triage will be the result.

          • Mike S

            Gloomy but not unrealistic assessment of human survival on earth. I had more optimism under Obama as we were moving towards a green/clean/renewable energy revolution which Trump has now abandon. Sagan’s “Pale Blue dot” quote is one of my favorites:

            https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1816628-pale-blue-dot-a-vision-of-the-human-future-in-space

            I lost a loved one to a drug overdose so I can’t agree with your harsh solution about that. I feel that he would be alive today and a productive member of society if he had been realistically educated in school about the perils of hard drug use. A “wall” is a useless 3rd century solution to both drugs and illegal immigration. Human over population spurred on by ignorant organized religion is a scourge we most overcome. Women should be limited to 2 children each and if some want more they need to apply for a lottery voucher from those who only want one or none. Sterilization should be part of that program and the fathers should be culpable too. We are running out of time.

          • kallen

            I agree Trump is going in the wrong direction but no president is perfect and no president is 100% bad. I didn’t like Obama at first but in hindsight I give him a ‘good president’ rating. I do believe Trump will ‘break the system’ faster and that might be a blessing in disguise as a slow degradation may be the worst possible outcome (the frog in the boiling pot syndrome).

            The wall is a bad idea now… but it may not be in 30 years. Huge swaths of the planet are predicted to become unlivable so mass migrations are a sure thing. Europe’s already experiencing this – I’m sure you know Syrian refugee crisis was driven by drought. Like I said, its going to get ugly.

            I’m sorry to hear about the passing of a loved one due to drugs. I now regret the tone of my words but I think this [period in time] is the beginning of the final act and triage of entire populations is now taking place (Pacific islanders whose island homes are rapidly being inundated and are now looking for a new home).

            I’m in agreement on your solution to population control and religion but change is only going to be possible when we hit the proverbial rock bottom. Too bad it has to come to that but then again, humans have always been that way.

            Good, intelligent people need to assert themselves if we’re to survive. It’s been a pleasure exchanging views.

          • Mike S

            I love my car. It is a marvelous piece of engineering that gives me great freedom. But I also understand there is a thick set of rules and regulations that go along with operating that vehicle and without those regulations driving my car would be very dangerous and my freedom limited. My car has mandated safety features. It’s all part of 8 billion people living on one globe and maximizing our well being and freedom. Same can be applied to environmental regulations. Same can be applied to dangerous illegal drugs. We need sensible, compassionate, practical solutions, not “pie in the sky” Ayn Randian ideology or 7th century brutality.

  • Stephen Norman

    Does Canada ever issue warnings for East Hastings or Surrey BC – How about Abbotsford?
    Or even Winnipeg, Toronto etc?
    How about it Canada, where are the warnings for travel to Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia etc?
    I have been living in MX for 24 years now and see all kinds of problems – this past year the narcos killed about 350 in Tepic alone. Bahia de Banderas seems to be immune this time but 6 years ago it was the same – not up to the 350 level, but Tepic is the same every change of government.

  • kallen

    These warnings are mostly geopolitical levels to be pulled when one country wants to apply pressure to another. Mexico does the same, indeed as do all countries.

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