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Is it safe to travel to Mexico? What you need to know for spring break.

As spring break planning approaches, incidents of violence in Mexico continue to make headlines, leaving travelers wondering if an ever-popular destination is safe to visit.

A flurry of recent headlines proclaimed that the US State Department was warning against visiting Mexico ahead of the busy holiday season. While the department has “do not travel” warnings for six states, a representative told The Washington Post has not updated its travel advisories for Mexico since October.

However, the US embassy and consulates in Mexico have issued a handful of security alerts since January for Ciudad Juárez and several cities in the states of Sinaloa and Quintana Roo. Reuters reported that an Aeromexico plane was hit by gunfire in early January; Culiacán airport was closed due to violence following the arrest of alleged fentanyl trafficker Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

“In light of widespread safety incidents in popular tourist destinations, please be aware that all destinations have some level of risk,” said a Jan. 23 warning about taxi disputes in Cancún. “Violent crime – such as murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery – is widespread and prevalent in Mexico.”

A California public defender died in January at a Baja California resort in what local authorities characterized as a fall from the hotel’s third floor. His family has questioned that ruling, the Orange County Register reported, citing analysis of the autopsy that showed injuries incongruous with a fall.

The United States, of course, has its own problems with violence; mass shootings averaged more than one per day by 2023, and homicides reached their highest level in decades in recent years. Other countries, including Canada, Germany and Australia, routinely warn their citizens about gun crime when they travel to the US

Last November, more than 30 million U.S. citizens traveled to Mexico, an 18 percent increase from the previous year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Here’s what government, security and travel experts say visitors should know.

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