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“Exercise a high degree of caution,” says the official release from the Government of Canada with a travel warning for Mexico.  After some recent events, the government recommends avoiding many areas in Mexico, except for essential travel, and to stay safe in Mexico in general.

On February 21, an explosion on a tourist ferry injured 26 people including three Canadians.  Nearly two weeks later a second explosive was found on another ferry in the same location.  The US Embassy in Playa del Carmen closed their doors after security threats, and the US is currently prohibiting travel to the area until further notice.

Canada updated its travel advisory on March 7, and all of these areas in Mexico are to be avoided except for non-essential travel:

Northern States:


  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo)
  • Durango
  • Nuevo León (except the city of Monterrey)
  • Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlán)
  • Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos)

Western States:

  • Guerrero (including Acapulco but excluding the cities of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco) 
  • Michoacán (excluding the city of Morelia) 
  • Colima (excluding the city of Manzanillo)

The Canadian Government advises to, “exercise a high degree of caution when visiting all parts of Mexico due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country.”