BRITONS traveling to Mexico have been issued with a new official security warning. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued the alert about violence in the holiday hotspot, as well as factors including the presence of the Zika virus.
Britons set to spend their summer 2019 holidays in Mexico have been issued with an urgent travel warning to take “extreme care”. The official alert, from the FOC, comes amid increasing violence in the North American country. It updated its advice to tourists today, particularly targeting those traveling in the states of Tabasco and Veracruz. It honed in on the shootings that have taken place in different parts of the country, including tourist destinations, as well as the increase in violence in Veracruz.
For this, it advised Britons should take “extreme care”.
The updated information states: “There have been reports of increased security incidents in the states of Tabasco and Veracruz.“There has been a recent increase in violence in the State of Veracruz, including the city of Veracruz.
“Illegal roadblocks have also been reported more frequently. You should take extreme care.
It also flagged the increasing violence levels in tourist hotspot Cancun and Playa del Carmen
The website stated: “The Mexican government makes efforts to protect major tourist destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.
“These areas have mostly not seen the levels of drug-related violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico.
“However, since 2017 there have been a number of reported shooting incidents and other incidents of violence in these areas, including in locations popular with tourists.
“There is currently an increased police presence in the Cancun area, including in the hotel zone.
“While tourists have not been the target of such incidents, anyone in the vicinity of an incident could be affected.”
Meanwhile, it updated advice in the health decision regarding the Zika virus and air pollution.
It takes care to add hurricane season is now looming, which begins in May and ends in November.
Pn the latter, it warned: “High levels of air pollution can occur in Mexico City and may aggravate heart, lung or respiratory conditions. “Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected.
“You can check the pollution index levels for many cities in real time.”
Yet the UK authorities were quick to insist more than 513,800 British nationals visited Mexico in 2016, the lets available figures, with most visits trouble free.
Meanwhile, Express.co.uk recently reported the most dangerous countries in Europe, according to FOC rankings.
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