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United States raises Mexico travel advisory to level 2

Mexico Tourism Police

The United States State Department has updated the ongoing advisory for U.S. citizens traveling in Mexico. The government raised the travel advisory to level two, citing violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.

The travel advisory says, “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.

U.S. government employees are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. government employees are also not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel on Highway 15 between Nogales and Hermosillo.”

The advisory came after eight bodies were discovered last week in Cancun, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Mexican authorities say none of the killings took place in the city’s beachside hotel zone.

Mexico's Interior Department said in July that murders rose in Mexico by 16 percent to 15,973 during the first half of 2018, the highest since records began in 1997, The Guardian reported.