How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 19.3 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Americas average: 20.9 (2016).
- Many roadblocks, by federal police, military police and drug cartels.
- Hotspots: drug related violence:
- North: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas.
- Pacific coast: Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Sinaloa.
- Central: Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.
- Gulf Coast: State of Mexico, State of Veracruz.
- Mexico-US border: Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, Nogales, Piedras Negras, Reynosa.
- No recent history, but should not be taken for granted.
- Civil unrest:
- Demonstrations are common. Political violence exists in Guerrero and Mexico City.
What to do:
- In general:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night and flaunting valuables.
- Monitor local media in case of terrorist threats and civil unrest.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice