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The advisory posted Monday adds the Yucatan Peninsula state of Quintana Roo to the list of states where US citizens have been victims of violent crimes including killings, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies. In Quintana Roo - which includes the tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya - there has been an increase in homicide rates.

The State Department further said that the Baja California Sur has dealt with a high rate of homicides. Most are said to be between rival criminal gangs, but innocent bystanders have been killed in shootings.

In Guerrero, which includes Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco and Zihuatanejo, the State Department has prohibited personal travel for US government personnel.

The new travel warning replaced the travel warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

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Mexico tourists are also advised to use toll roads whenever possible, because carjackers have murdered US citizens, most often at night and in isolated locations.

The expanded travel advisory hits at the heart of a tourism industry that brings in $20 billion a year for Mexico.

U.S. Citizens are urged to Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California (Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali), particularly at night. "Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes". Additionally, there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted US citizens based on their nationality. But the department does suggest that citizens traveling to Mexico "defer non-essential travel".

Citing Mexican government statistics, the State Department noted Tuesday that, so far, 2017 has seen much higher rates of violence in those regions than during the same period previous year.


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