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The State Department updates Mexico travel warning; Cancun advice remains the same

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The Ministry of foreign affairs has released an update for the Mexico travel advisory, telling tourists to “exercise increased caution” when visiting the country.

The update comes just a day after the authorities confirmed the discovery of eight bodies out of the resorts of Cancun, however, the State Department, the counsel for the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, remains at a Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution), just as it did in the week prior to the discovery.

The rest of the warning is also largely the same as the previous advice, albeit with a modification relating to the public service and the travel to the Chihuahua city of Ciudad Juarez, WPVI reports.

A spokesman of the board of directors of tourism for Quintana Roo, in a statement in response to the advice update, claiming it does not apply to “tourist or beach areas.”

“The State Department travel advisory for Mexico, not a tourist or the beaches and confirms that all the major tourist destinations in Mexico are safe,” the Quintana Roo tourism spokesperson said, per USA Today.

The travel warning, has, but, warn the visitors to Quintana Roo to continue to “exercise increased caution due to the crime.”

The advisory also urges U.S. citizens to avoid certain areas.

“Exercise increased caution in Mexico because of the crime. Some areas have an increased risk,” reads the travel warning, which specifically lists the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas and in the context of a “Level 4” advisory — the meaning of the AMERICAN citizens have to “not travel to” these areas for reasons of safety and security.

The State Department cited “violent crime, such as murder, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery,” in the opinion, calling the activity “widespread.”

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