DOS Warnings Advise Against Travel to Mexico

On July 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Mexico. We advise MurthyDotCom and MurthyBulletin readers of this warning, as it voices concerns of possible violence aimed at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, as well as U.S. ports of entry (POEs). These dangers are relevant to our readers who may be considering traveling to Mexico for visa renewals or other travel.

Source of Concern: Cartel Members Captured

There have been many reports regarding the ongoing drug-related violence in Mexico, particularly in areas near the U.S. Mexico border. As explained in the DOS travel warning, Mexican authorities have recently arrested key drug cartel members. This increases the risk of retaliation against a variety of targets.

Targets: U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez and POEs

The DOS warning refers to information indicating that the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is a possible target for cartel-related violence. The POEs are also possible targets. The risks include car bombing. While the consulates in Mexico remain open, at the time of this writing, it would be best to explore other options for visa renewals. Canada currently provides a safer option at this time for many third-country nationals, who otherwise may have sought visa renewals in Mexico.

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