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US Travel Advisory

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Canada
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US Travel Advisory

Seems the state department has updated the Mexico advisory to include some specific wording for the Quintana Roo region...

Quintana Roo (includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum): U.S. citizens should be aware that according to Government of Mexico statistics, the state of Quintana Roo experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to 2016. While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred.

https:/…mexico-travel-warning.html

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Sacramento...
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1. Re: US Travel Advisory

Is this any different from any city in the US? Remember the airport at Ft Lauderdale not even a year ago. Or other places in the world? "increase in homicide rates" is very vague, that could be one more than last year. I'd probably be more concerned had they said, 50 last year, 500 this year. There are alerts all over the world, Europe is having a particularly bad stretch.

In my opinion, what's more important to take from the alert is "While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens." pay attention to your surroundings. This isn't happening on resorts, at least not at this time. "Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" that happens every single day in the US in numbers I can't begin to estimate.

Canada
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Agreed pstmstr. I think its important only to note as the advisory goes from nothing specific for this region to this FWIW. And as you said, the same could be said for a lot of places.

Florida
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3. Re: US Travel Advisory

Thank you for posting. Very informative. It will help me be more cautious. I think the US government issues these statements to help us stay safe not to be alarmist. What other reason would they have?

Cozumel, Mexico
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I would never compare the crime here with the climb in the United States. It's really not the same. Here it is usually from warring cartels and often dismembered bodies are found etc. I think what has frightened official beer is that they have now been carrying some out in tourist areas. In recent months two Merchants were gunned down in the heart of the tourist Zone in Playa del Carmen.

And another thing that is different in my hometown in the USA is that the crimes often get solved while that is a Rarity here.

The warning here really doesn't frighten me but it is good to be more alert.

Edited: 9:42 pm, August 22, 2017
Saskatoon, Canada
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5. Re: US Travel Advisory

The Canadian one was also updated just today:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico

Under the 'Organized Crime' section, the first line is new (about increased violence in Q Roo and Cabo).

Definitely there is more violence there than where I live- so yeah, it's good to be informed about that, imo.

Vermont
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6. Re: US Travel Advisory

I don't think that it is relevant to compare it to the United States. Most people on this forum are looking to vacation somewhere in the Caribbean, not the United States. Comparing things to other Caribbean countries is the most relevant.

For example, is Grand Caymen a safer destination in regard to cartel violence? Absolutely.

But again, the Riviera Maya is still, statistically speaking, a very safe destination.

Minnesota
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I am going to be in Playa in October and when I read the warning I had a moment of panic but then I realized that it is drug related violence. I feel sorry for the locals that are caught up in this violence and for the people at BPM.

It comes down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time and I will take those odds in Playa. I am from Minneapolis and four or five times a year there are shootings when the clubs let out downtown. I believe I am safer in Playa than in downtown Minneapolis (knock on wood).

Breckenridge, CO
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Let's hope the crime is subdued somewhat from July. I haven't read anything about bad things happening in August so fingers crossed. They arrested Dona Lety, supposedly the woman running a lot of the cartel activity in Q Roo. Cameras are being installed on La Quinta. More police have been hired to patrol. The state department warning should shake things up. No one wants tourism to drop, not the legit businesses nor the cartels. And consider the source of the warning: the US government. I personally don't believe most of what I hear when the government is the source.

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