Mexico is a popular travel destination that welcomes millions of Canadian tourists every year. Most people do return home without encountering safety issues and the Canadian government is not warning against all travel to Mexico, but currently cautioning Canadians to be extra careful when travelling down south. The Government of Canada's travel advisory for Mexico warns of "high levels of crime".
The Canadian government's travel advisory for Mexico has been in place for several months now. Narcity reported on it back in February, and the statement remains in effect today on April 22. It was last updated April 8.
Popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo are not specifically named as unsafe in the advisory and the government is not currently advising against travel to these regions and says that many Canadians travel safely to Mexico each year.
"Crime rates in Mexico are high. Arrest and detention rates are low and contribute to higher levels of criminality. The level of crime in resorts and major tourist cities and destinations is relatively low compared to the national average," reads the advisory. "More than 2.1 million Canadians travel to Mexico each year, the vast majority of them without incident."
They are currently advising Canadians 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".
The government is also warning Canadians to be careful of organized crime and has shared some tips for keeping safe while travelling. "Although it does not target tourists, violence related to organized crime increased throughout the country in 2017, including in the states of Quintana Roo (Cancun and Playa del Carmen) and Baja California Sur (Los Cabos)," reads the advisory.
"Foreigners may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and could become victims of violent crime. Remain vigilant, stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely. Be very cautious on major highways and in rural areas. Avoid travelling at night."
The government is currently recommending Canadians to avoid "non-essential travel" to the following areas:
- Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo)
- Nuevo León (except the city of Monterrey)
- Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlán)
- Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos)
- Guerrero (including Acapulco but excluding the cities of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco)
- Michoacán (excluding the city of Morelia)
- Colima (excluding the city of Manzanillo)
Similar to Canada, the U.S. government also currently has a travel advisory for Mexico. They are currently advising Americans to "exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping".
The U.S. travel advisories are categorized by four different levels. The lowest is level 1, which recommends travellers to just "exercise normal precautions". The most intense warning is labelled as a level 4, which warns Americans, "do not travel". The advisory for Mexico is currently a level 2. You can view the full advisory on the government's website.
To read the full travel advisory for Mexico from the Government of Canada, you can visit their website.