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German Government warns tourists of violence in Mexican resort cities of Cancun and Cozumel

March 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
German Government warns tourists of violence in Mexican resort cities of Cancun and Cozumel

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The German government is warning its citizens about raising their caution when going to Mexico, including its many popular tourist hotspots such as Cancun and Cozumel because of the increase in violence. The warning states that innocent bystanders can be injured in shootings or become victims of kidnappings and robberies.

Through a recent travel warning from their Foreign Relations Office, the German government now advices tourists to take precautions in tourist destinations including Cancun, Los Cabos, and Baja; They also urge travelers to avoid border cities in Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, and others.

Berlin said that violence might escalate due to the forthcoming Mexican presidential election this summer.

The announcement also said that fighting between organized criminal groups and the military have also increased in once-quiet tourist spots.

In a recent report, “Mexico: Information on travel and security,” German diplomats describe border areas such as Reynosa, Matamoros, and Ciudad Juárez as locations with a high probability of tourists witnessing clashes between the military and drug cartels.

German travelers are asked not to visit Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Colima, the same Mexican states that the U.S. Department of State has identified as the most dangerous.

Furthermore, the U.S. advises travelers to reconsider their plans to go to places like Nuevo León, Coahuila, Jalisco, or San Luis Potosí, where bursts of violence and executions continue to exceed the capabilities of local police.

German officials also recommend that tourists do not walk at night in downtown Cancun. The warning comes just after a bomb was detonated in a tourist ferry carrying people between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.

The blast wounded multiple people, including seven U.S. citizens. Two additional devices were discovered in the same area a few days later, leading the U.S. Department of State to publish a safety alert on the explosives.

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