USA warn of dangerous routes and highways in Mexico


The United States Department of State has issued a warning to government officials against using certain dangerous roads and highways in Mexico.

According to the statement released in mid-March, violent crimes such as murders, kidnappings and vehicle thefts occur in these areas, for which they urged travelers to avoid five states, reconsider travel in another 11, take greater precautions in 14 and do it moderately in two others.

The states definitely not to travel to due to the high crime rate are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. While the government recommends avoiding or taking the following routes in states where travel should be reconsidered.

Baja California

The Mexicali Valley was to be avoided due to violence between rival cartels. You can use Highways 2 and 2D during the day to travel between Mexicali, Los Algodones and San Luis Río Colorado, Highways 1 and 8 to travel to and from Mexicali Airport, and Highway 5.


You can travel to the Ciudad Juárez area as long as you avoid the Anapra route.

It is recommended to travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area during the day only, access Ojinaga via Highway 67 and enter via the port of entry in Presidio, Texas. While entry into Palomas must be through the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico. Copper Canyon and other areas of Chihuahua are prohibited.


Driving on the west and south sides of Bundesstrasse 45 is prohibited due to gang activity.


Driving on State Road 45D, Celaya, Salamanca and Irapuato is prohibited. Restrictions on San Miguel de Allende, the city of Guanajuato and other surrounding areas will be lifted.


Travel is not permitted on the Jalisco-Michoacán border, State Highway 80 south of Cocula, and Highway 544 between Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste. While there are no restrictions for the Guadalajara metropolitan area, Puerto Vallarta (including neighboring Riviera Nayarit), Chapala and Ajijíc.


You cannot travel to the capital, Tepic, or the port of San Blas, but you can travel to the Riviera Nayarit (including Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, Sayulita, and Bahía de Banderas) as well as Santa María del Oro.


Government employees are not permitted to travel into the area of ​​Oaxaca bounded by Federal Highway 185D to the west, Federal Highway 190 to the north, and the Oaxaca-Chiapas border to the east. These include the cities of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz and San Blas Atempa.

You also cannot use Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and the Oaxaca-Guerrero border.

The following tourist areas can be easily visited: Oaxaca City, Monte Albán, Puerto Escondido and Huatulco.


You can travel between the ports of entry at Nogales and Hermosillo via State Road 15; Puerto Peñasco and the Lukeville-Sonoyta port of entry via Interstate 8; closest port of entry to San Luis Río Colorado, Cananea and Agua Prieta, but cannot go beyond city limits.

Travel to the triangular region west of Mariposa Port, east of Sonoyta, and north of Altar Township is prohibited; Use taxi services in Nogales; the areas east of Federal Highway 17, the highway between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, State Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16.

Also unusable are Interstate 16 and east of Interstate 15 (south of Hermosillo) and all points south of Guaymas including Empalme, Guaymas, Obregón and Navojoa.

San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Álamos are free of restrictions.


Driving is prohibited south of Federal Highway 45 and west of Federal Highway 23 and the city of Fresnillo, although employees are permitted to drive through Fresnillo on Federal Highways 45 and 23 without stopping.

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