Black Mountain Solutions have recently been made aware that the US authorities have issued new security warnings for individuals travelling to several Latin American countries. On the 10th January, a statement on the US State Department’s online information platform for travel, announced a new four-level system for describing security conditions in foreign countries. Advisories were also issued suggesting that US citizens should immediately reconsider or avoid travelling to several other Latin American countries.
They have advised that travel to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras should be cancelled or postponed due to extremely high levels of violent crime and gang activity in those regions. Travel advice was also updated for Colombia stating that travellers should “exercise increased caution, due to crime and terrorism”.
The Mexican States of Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas were placed in the “Do Not Travel” category.
Despite the US having spent hundreds of millions of dollars on security-related aid programs in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, they still remain among the most violent nations in the world.
Both Colombia and Mexico have received billions in US security aid over the past decade, but major concerns still linger over the future of the country’s criminal landscape following a vast increase in cocaine production Mexico is also experiencing levels of violence unseen for years.
For those who have a genuine need to travel to Mexico and surrounding countries, it is recommended that they seek the services of an experienced and top class Security Company in Mexico.
With US policies towards Mexico and other Latin American nations currently in a state of flux, conditions for travellers to the continent could potentially grow more difficult in forthcoming months.