Travel Advisory for Spring Breakers Eyeing Mexico Vacation Issued by U.S. State Department

Travel Advisory for Spring Breakers Eyeing Mexico Vacation Issued by U.S. State Department

San Diego, March 8, 2024 (5RMI) – As spring break approaches, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory cautioning against trips to Mexico, urging travelers to reconsider their plans due to safety concerns.

The advisory, a yearly occurrence, comes with heightened urgency this year, emphasizing the importance of exercising extreme caution and utilizing common sense while traveling.

Speaking to 5RMI, San Diego resident Carol Lovejoy expressed her concern, having just learned about the travel advisory while awaiting family members returning from Cancun at the Cross Border Express in Otay Mesa.

“I think the last thing you want to do is have your guard up while you’re on vacation,” Lovejoy remarked, echoing sentiments of caution.

While acknowledging that most U.S. citizens visit Mexico safely, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have issued a specific warning for spring break travelers, particularly highlighting popular beach destinations such as Ensenada and Rosarito.

The Embassy released a color-coded travel warning map, indicating a Level 3 Orange Warning for much of Mexico, signaling a need for heightened vigilance before traveling to these areas.

“It’s really sad that we always have to be wondering what might be going on every time we travel or even leave home,” Lovejoy lamented, reflecting on the necessity of remaining vigilant even during vacation time.

Citing concerns such as drugs, unregulated alcohol, sexual assault, and drowning, the State Department urges travelers to consider alternative destinations for their spring break getaways.

“It’s really troubling that our children are so innocent and don’t realize the dangers that exist,” Lovejoy expressed, underlining the importance of awareness among travelers, especially younger individuals.

To mitigate risks, the State Department issued several travel advisories, including maintaining a high level of situational awareness, refraining from possession of marijuana, guns, or ammunition in Mexico, and drinking responsibly.

Additionally, travelers are reminded that medical emergencies may require immediate payment at hospitals, often only in cash, emphasizing the importance of preparedness.

“We want to enjoy our life and keep living and not have anyone in a hospital or in a bad situation, especially out of the country,” Lovejoy emphasized, stressing the significance of prioritizing safety while abroad.

The State Department further recommends informing family and friends about travel plans when visiting Mexico, enhancing communication and support networks for travelers during their trips.