The updated travel warning, which was released August 22, replaces an earlier travel warning issued December 8, 2016. The State Department also warned that USA citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, with victims stopped by roadblocks or being run off the road.
The U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning Tuesday for anyone planning a trip to certain areas of Mexico.
Quintana Roo's public security secretary Rodolfo del Angel Campos said the state had been "very prompt" in addressing security in tourist areas.
For years, both regions were largely insulated from the drug war violence that has engulfed other parts of Mexico, but this year they have each seen a major uptick in killings.
The warning, issued Tuesday, forbids US government personnel and their families from personal travel to all "non-essential" areas, along with a ban from adult clubs and gambling establishments in Cohuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit. Innocent bystanders have been injured or killed in shootings, the department says.
There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality.
The State Department also offers a state-by-state assessment of the security situation that includes some popular travel areas.
The travel warning issued by State Department officials explained that USA citizens had been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads. It also prohibits personal travel to all impacted areas by US government personnel and their families.
"In Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, 232 slayings have been reported this year, almost four times as many as during the same period last year".
There have been deadly gun battles in downtown Cancun, and in January, five people were killed at a nightclub in nearby Playa del Carmen.
Mexico City remains without an advisory.