U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
Mexico Travel Warning - updated April 13, 2015

The U.S. State Department has issued detailed warnings about travel to Mexico. Fortunately there is a carefully worded prelude that serves as a kind of disclaimer to keep some of the warnings in perspective:

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.

Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.”

The travel warning contradicts itself by listing all kinds of frightening crimes and then announcing that a large part of most warning areas (specifically tourism areas) is not part of the advisory described. Some of the content is constructive, but most of what we need to know is in the disclaimer above: 1) U.S. visitors are not targets and 2) Tourism areas are relatively safe.

Dangerous possibilities are presented in graphic detail despite a high level of improbability for any vacationing U.S. national not involved in drug trafficking. There are even warnings about kidnapping, even though the rate of kidnapping is dramatically higher in Canada than it is in Mexico and no such warning exists for Canada.

There are constructive comments that could apply to apply to travelers anywhere: A logical way to reduce your chances of being victimized is to “lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention.” And like everywhere else in the world where there is violence to protect drug interests – including the United States– stay away from areas with drug and gang violence.

State-by-State Assessment
Here you will find a state-by-state listing of security concerns directly from the U.S. State Department regarding each of the Mexican states Via International is providing volunteer travel opportunities and community development support. As you can see, we have strategically selected those areas that are of lower risk. These risks should be weighed against standard travel risks to alternate destinations as all travel carries some risk. For an international travel risk comparison see our [insert additional document title].

Baja California 
Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California 
Advisory to Exercise Caution. 

San Miguel de Allende and Leon are major cities/travel destinations in Guanajuato 
No advisory is in effect.

Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): 
No advisory is in effect. 

No advisory is in effect.

The complete U.S. State Dept. Travel Warning in Mexico is available here
U.S. State Department Travel Warning

For emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico
Contact The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana

The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc
Phone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000;
Phone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000.
U.S. citizens may also contact the Embassy by email: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov

The Embassy's internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/

U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n, Mesa de Otay
Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425,
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico C.P.2245

Telephone: +(52-664-977-2000

Phone within Mexico 01-664-977-2000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 619-692-2154 (from the U.S) / 001-619-692-2154 (within Mexico)
U.S. citizens may also contact the Consulate by email: ACSTijuana@state.gov

The Consulate’s internet address is http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/