The Canadian government has issued an official travel advisory for areas of Mexico, warning tourists to “avoid all unnecessary travel” to large areas of the country, including many of its Northern and Western provinces.
This travel advisory comes in addition to advice to exercise a “high degree of caution” in cities outside the exclusion zones. A Canadian-Italian couple who ignored the government’s travel advisories recently went missing after visiting an area affected by one such advisory in Burkina Faso. Previously, six Quebeckers were killed in that country.
Obviously, people should take these travel advisories much more seriously…
In this case, the advisories are related to organized crime activity in Mexico. Officials are warning people that organized crime sets up illegal roadblocks and may kidnap tourists to seek a ransom. While the Canadian government has a strict no-ransom policy, terrorists and members of organized crime are often able to extort privately-held funds in exchange for the safe return of kidnapped tourists.
These areas of Mexico are affected by this latest advisory by the Canadian government:
- 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)