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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-14-07 11:05 PM
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63. UPDATE: a friend sent sites, doesnt sound like major U.S. cities. sounds scary
Edited on Sat Apr-14-07 11:06 PM by seabeyond
travel warnings and warden messages
Rising level of brutal violence in areas of Mexico


This message alerts U.S. citizens to the rising level of brutal violence in areas of Mexico. This violence has occurred throughout Mexico, but has been particularly persistent in the city of Nuevo Laredo within the state of Tamaulipas. Americans residing and traveling in Mexico should exercise extreme caution when in unfamiliar areas and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Public sources suggest that narcotics-related violence has claimed 1,500 lives in Mexico this year. In recent months there have been execution-style murders of Mexican and U.S. citizens in Tamaulipas (particularly Nuevo Laredo), Michoacan, Baja California, Guerrero and other states. U.S. citizens have also been involved in random shootings on major highways outside of Mexico City, Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and other areas throughout Mexico. In recent years there have been dozens of kidnappings involving U.S. citizens in Nuevo Laredo with more than two dozen cases still unresolved; recent incidents indicate a possible resurgence of kidnappings for ransom. Mexican police, as well as other government figures, have been murdered in Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, the Federal District, Tamaulipas and other states. Drug cartel members have been known to follow and harass U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles, particularly in border areas including Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros.

Though there is no evidence that U.S. citizens are targeted, criminals look for every opportunity to take advantage of unwary travelers. If you feel you are being followed, you should notify officials as soon as possible. U.S. citizens should make every attempt to travel on main roads during daylight hours, particularly the toll (cuota) roads, which are generally more secure. It is preferable for U.S. citizens to stay in well-known tourist destinations and tourist areas of the cities with more adequate security, and provide an itinerary to a friend or family member not traveling with you. U.S. citizens should refrain from displaying expensive-looking jewelry, large amounts of money, or other valuable items.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers from Mexico, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov . For any emergencies involving American citizens, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City:
Office of Citizens' Consular Services
Reforma Ave 305
Col. Cuauhtemoc
Mexico, D. F.
Mexico CP 06500
Tel: <011-52>(55) 5080-2000
or
e-mail: ccs@usembassy.net.mx

Consulates (see also Consulate websites):


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