The United States considers
Mexico its #1 drug trafficking threat, and perhaps for good reason. About 90% of the cocaine used in the country comes through
Mexico. In recent years the drug wars have escalated to an extremely violent zenith, with drug-related homicides increasing
astronomically. Learn more about the trade, the cartels, and how the violence has developed.
The United States recommends travelers avoid certain states in Mexico, while also assuring visitors that no particular
threats against US citizens are apparent.
Citizens are "urged to
defer non-essential travel to the states of Tamaulipas and Michoacan, and to parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila,
Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi and Jalisco.