With Acapulco, Guerrero, named Mexico’s most dangerous municipality and third most dangerous city in the entire world; the state of Veracruz becoming known as one of the deadliest areas to be a journalist in; and the recent May 1st violence in Guadalajara and Jalisco in general perpetrated by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, there is no denying that Mexico has more than its share of safety concerns. While tourists and expats are rarely targeted as part of the political or drug-related violence that takes place in parts of the country, it still pays to stay informed. With that in mind, following are some English-language resources where you can find pertinent travel alerts, warnings, and general safety information.
- Consulate General of the United States: A page of public announcements put out by the US Consulate in Guadalajara.
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), US Department of State – Bureau of Diplomatic Security: On this Guadalajara-specific page, you’ll find the latest relevant reports, news, and crime and safety information.
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs: Enroll in this service to receive travel alerts and warnings directly. Additionally, with registration, you can help the US Embassy, family, and friends contact you in an emergency.
- US Passports & International Travel, US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs: At the top of this page you’ll find the latest alerts and warnings on Mexico through the eyes of the U.S. You can also find a few general points regarding travel to the country (the max currency you’re allowed to cross the border with, the length of time you’re allowed to stay as a tourist, etc), a country description, and other information.
- Government of Canada: Here you’ll find advisories, a security overview, entry and exit requirements, and information on natural disasters and the climate of the country, among other things.
- Government of the UK: This site offers additional information on the topics of safety and security, overseas business risk, and travel and medical insurance, among others. You can also download a PDF map of the country or print their entire country guide.
- Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Presents a color-coded advisory view of the country as well as specific parts upfront, with categories from “Exercise normal safety precautions” to “Do not travel”. Also included is information on laws, health, and the address of the Australian Embassy in Mexico City.