Cancun remains at Level 2 Travel advisory as fall approaches

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The US State Department has issued a new travel advisory for Mexico, spurred by the rising crime rate in the country. Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo remain at a Level 2 advisory, meaning travelers should take extra care. Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are generally safe destinations, and the government has increased security measures during the summer period.

The United States has updated its travel warning for Mexico. The state-level advisory takes into account factors such as violent crime, pickpocketing and other risks tourists might encounter during their stay. Cancun, Mexico’s most popular vacation destination, remains at Level 2 in the review on a four-point scale, meaning travelers should exercise extra caution.

Although many Mexican states including Zacatecas, Colima and Sinaloa have raised travel advisories due to violent crime affecting tourists, Cancun and Quintana Roo have maintained their Level 2 alert. no new changes or recommendations in the latest U.S. travel advisory for the Mexican Caribbean as the state continues to tighten security measures over the summer months.

The safety of tourists while on vacation is a priority for the local government. In recent months, several operations have been carried out involving thousands of soldiers to secure beaches and other tourist hotspots. Meanwhile, the National Tourism Secretary (Sedetur) is working closely with US authorities to ensure the safety of US visitors.

Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo have also launched a new mobile app called Guest Assist that can be used to report a crime or receive around-the-clock security customer service. Run by the C5 State Security Bureau, it is an example of the government’s commitment to protecting tourists.

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Rising crime rates in many parts of Mexico – including Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean – have been a major problem for tourism this year. At the start of the summer vacation season, Cancun launched a massive security operation to keep visitors safe during the summer months involving thousands of troops from all levels of government. The operation, known as “Safe Beach”, saw the deployment of troops to patrol busy beaches and resort areas to deter criminal activity, particularly organized crime groups.

cancun tourist police

There are currently no security-related travel restrictions affecting the most popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, including Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. Although rare, violent crime can affect tourists. Most notably, earlier this summer a group of armed robbers targeted tourists on the otherwise peaceful island of Isla Mujeres. In another incident, two Canadian citizens were killed in a Playa del Carmen condo during an attempted robbery.

What does a level 2 travel advisory mean?

Areas classified under a Level 2 “exercise heightened precaution” advisory mean that, although generally safe to travel, visitors should take certain precautions to avoid getting into trouble. It is highly recommended to follow basic safety precautions to ensure a hassle-free trip. According to the US State Department, tourists visiting Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo should maintain high situational awareness, warning that violent crime can occur suddenly. Also, it is strongly advised to avoid walking in dimly lit areas at night and stick to tourist areas such as beaches and shopping streets.

tulum police car patrol

Officials noted that although crime rates have increased in recent months, it rarely affects tourists, particularly violent crime. Additionally, visitors are much more likely to encounter petty crime such as pickpocketing or scams.

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