As the new year arrives, many travellers are making their plans for spring vacation.  If you are one of the many Canadians that seek tropical destinations during spring break than you may want to hear about these warnings and think twice about where you will be heading.

A strict “do not travel” warning has been issued by officials.  Five states in Mexico are listed in cautioning tourists to avoid.  Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas are warned to be at the same risk level as countries like Somalia and Syria.  Each state has been mentioned with caution in robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and homicide.  With rising drug cartel activity, these areas have been listed as places with the highest potential danger.

2017 statistics show over 22,000 casualties of violence in Mexico, the highest since these figures have been released starting in 1997.  The five states mentioned above have already seen a significant decline in tourism despite housing popular vacation resorts.

Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, makes note that Mexico respects these issued warnings but, ensures that the country offers many destinations that are still safe to visit.  Popular resort locations like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta have not yet been listed as areas that could be explicitly dangerous.