International Travel Advisory for Mexico
A chill in the air is good motivation to make warmer travel plans for 2018. “Before you book plans for spring break or summer vacation, make sure your destination is safe,” reminds Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent travel insurance agency.
Last week, the U.S. State Department, launched a new Travel Advisory system. “Improvements will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely and reliable safety and security information worldwide. Under the new system, every country will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4.”
Level 2, Exercise increased precaution
Level 3, Reconsider travel
Level 4, Do not travel
Warning regarding Mexico
Along with the new system, the department alerted Americans, “do not travel,” to five states in Mexico. Those include, Tamaulipas, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa. According to the Los Angeles Times, violence has increased across Mexico over the last several years. In 2017, Mexico recorded more homicides than in any years since the government began releasing data in 1997. Certain areas have seen more bloodshed than others. Most of the violence is drug cartel related and visitors are often targets. Homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery is rampant in these states.
Overall, Mexico’s most popular tourist areas were given a Level 2 rating (exercise increased precaution). However, The State Department advises U.S. citizens that it has limited ability to provide emergency services in much of Mexico.
So how do you know if travel insurance is necessary for your trip? “Take into consideration if your booking a year in advance, traveling abroad, going on a honeymoon or other important trip, or if the trip is costly,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent travel insurance agency.
Travel insurance covers: trip cancellation, medical expenses, emergency evacuation as well as lost or stolen items.