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Play it safe when traveling to Mexico; avoid Nogales, border cities

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Wing leadership strongly advises 162nd Fighter Wing members and their
families to avoid traveling to Nogales, Sonora.

More than 5,000 people have been killed throughout Mexico since the wing
issued a travel advisory for Mexico last year. Over the past few months
there has been a rapid increase in violence in Nogales, Sonora .

The deaths are primarily a result of an ongoing war between drug trafficking
organizations and Mexican authorities -- particularly in the border cities
of Ciudad Juarez, Nogales and Tijuana.

Wing members traveling to Nogales, or anywhere in Mexico, can increase their
safety by taking the following precautions:
  • Provide travel plans and contact information to a friend, relative, or
    coworker here state-side and stay in frequent contact with them while you
    are in Mexico.
  • Register with the appropriate State Department's travel registration
    online at https://travelregistration.state.gov.
  • Call the Military Intelligence Section at 295-6238 to receive the latest
    country briefing.
  • Avoid large crowds and demonstrations where violence may erupt, travel in
    groups, and stay in well-known tourist destinations and tourist areas.
    Don't do anything that may make you a target of violence such as showing
    large amounts of cash, jewelry, or other valuable items.
  • Do not participate in political demonstrations; foreigners participating
    in political demonstrations are prohibited by the Mexican constitution and
    may result in detention.
Most violence remains targeted between competing drug cartels and Mexican
Law Enforcement but injury or death of innocent bystanders is not uncommon.
Juarez and Tijuana remain the most dangerous areas along the border so
travel to those cities requires even greater caution. Areas such as Rocky
Point and San Carlos have not experienced the type of violent spikes found
in the border cities but caution is highly recommended.

For more detailed information on staying safe in Mexico, please see the
Mexico Consular Information Sheet at: http://travel.state.gov/travel. For
the latest security information, monitor the State Department's Web site at
http://travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on security can also be
obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747, or 001-202-501-4444.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the
closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico
City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the
United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000. You may also contact the Embassy by
e-mail at: ccs@usembassy.net.mx. The Embassy's Internet address is
www.usembassy-mexico.gov.