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State Department Issues Updated Travel Alert

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, October 14, 2008 - “It is crucial that the millions of U.S. citizens who travel to Mexico every year for business, pleasure or to visit family and friends have accurate, up-to-date information that allows them to make prudent decisions and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Every six months, the State Department revises its Travel Alerts, and in light of the increase in drug cartel-related violence, the latest Travel Alert for Mexico has been updated with more specific information on concerns in the border area. The recent midnight attack at our Consulate in Monterrey further highlights the relevance of this update.

“The vast majority of Americans travel in Mexico without incident, and the information in the Travel Alert will help ensure that continues to be the case. The Travel Alert for Mexico issued today reflects the current reality in Mexico; in particular, the stepped up violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. These conditions are widely known and reported on here in Mexico, as well as in the U.S. border region, but many tourists and business people are less aware. The Travel Alert does not advise Americans to avoid travel to any region or city, but it does describe risks. It is important that travelers be aware of these risks, factor them into their planning and remain alert to their surroundings. To read this updated Travel Alert, see: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html.

“The State Department publishes three kinds of travel information: country-specific information, travel alerts, and travel warnings. Country-specific information is available for every country in the world and includes such data as the location of the U.S. embassy and/or consulate(s), immigration practices, health conditions, and crime and security information. Travel alerts disseminate information about short-term or changing conditions within a particular country that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. They are generally updated or revised every six months. Travel warnings describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. For more information, see http://travel.state.gov.”



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