Mexico Safe for Travel –Officially, At Last
February 23rd, 2010
The US Department of State has extended a travel alert to Mexico. The text of the alert has remained virtually unchanged, with a few additional border areas being added to the list of those where extra caution is recommended.
The travel alert expresses no concern whatsoever regarding Mexican beach resorts and key tourist and business destinations. Tourist areas are safe to travel to, which means that the vast majority of U.S. citizens visiting Mexico should not have any hesitation in doing so.
Mexico’s tourist destinations and resort properties remain fun, safe, affordable and popular vacation destinations. Indeed, Mexico remains the number one international destination for U.S. tourists.
A travel alert has been issued for Mexico, not a warning. A travel alert disseminates information about short-term conditions of which U.S. citizens abroad should be aware to maximize their safety. The alert for Mexico does not discourage U.S. citizens from traveling to the country’s tourist destinations.
Regarding the alert renewal, here are a few points that we consider is important to know, in case your costumers or partners ask about it:
- This is not a new alert. It is an extension of an alert already in place.
- What has been extended is a travel alert, not a warning. Travel warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable, and/or when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.
- A travel alert, on the other hand, disseminates information about short-term conditions of which U.S. citizens abroad should be aware to maximize their safety.
- The alert for Mexico does not discourage U.S. citizens from traveling to the country’s tourist destinations.
- The main tourist destinations for U.S. citizens are geographically far from the very specific areas included in the alert. For example, Cancun and Acapulco are at least a two-hour flight away from the main areas identified in the alert. The distance from Cancun to Ciudad Juarez is 1,312 miles – approximately the same distance between New York and Miami (1,290 miles), Chicago and Laredo, Texas (1,395 miles), or Los Angeles to Oklahoma City (1,328 miles).
- More than 21.5 million international tourists visited Mexico in 2009. Air arrivals from the U.S. in December 2009 were up approximately 6.2% from December 2008, demonstrating that U.S. travelers view Mexico’s unique vacation destinations and attractions as safe and violence in northern Mexico as unrelated to Mexico’s principal tourist destinations.
- More than one million Americans reside in Mexico.
- Please feel free to contact the Mexico Tourism Board if you have any questions or doubts.
(reprinted from Cruise Lines International Association update bulletin)