In the wake of the recent tragic death of a traveler in the Mexican Border City of Nogales, we would like to encourage you to know and understand more about your destinations for travel before you go and make informed decisions.
While millions of travelers travel to destinations around the world with no issues regarding their health and safety, there are others who are unfortunately, not so lucky.
The U.S. Government has been warning travelers making their way to the popular country of Mexico to be aware of ongoing issues which are cause for concern. While limited to only certain regions including the Aguascalientes, Baja California, , Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Estado de Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa except Mazatlan, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Zacatecas and Sonora. Nogales, the region where the latest victim was killed, is part of the Sonora region and is known as one of the most dangerous regions. A key region for international drug and human trafficking, the region can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Concerns were issued regarding the safety of this region for years however, the U.S. Consulate General in Sonora issued further concerns for the safety of the area just hours before this man was killed. The area has been considered a growing area for concern since the gun battle which took place in December 2013 between the Mexican Authorities and the local drug traffickers.
It is situations such as this that make it imperative that you are informed about situations regarding safety before you travel. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs monitors these situations abroad and issues warnings and alerts when it feels that travel should be reconsidered and considered carefully.
Currently almost 40 alerts and warning have been issued by the U.S. Department of State ranging from Cameroon to Thailand, Egypt and the entire Caribbean region. Recent updates include the alert posted on the 29th regarding the upcoming 2014 hurricane and typhoon season. Added each year, this alerts services to remind travelers of weather related issues which may arise throughout the region with little or no notice. On May 28th, another alert was posted this time regarding travel to Thailand. Encouraging U.S. travelers to reconsider non-essential travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, the alert is issued due to social unrest and curfews posted by the government.
If you are not sure about safety in the region you plan on traveling to, consider contacting the local embassy or consulate before you go and become informed. The U.S. DOS also advises you to use the following checklist before you travel abroad:
- Be aware of travel warnings and alerts
- Be sure to have all required travel documents
- Be prepared for an emergency
- Obtain an IDP if you plan on driving
- Pack smart
- Keep photocopies of your itinerary and travel documents
- Understand the money
- Learn the local laws and customs
- Be aware of vaccinations
- Know how to get medical help
- Consider health insurance
- Carry enough of your necessary medication
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Travel can be wonderful and offer insight, fun and education however, it is important that you understand the area before you go. Island Trader Vacations reviews the news and tips to help you travel. Be informed, understand safety and make the most of your trip abroad.