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But dire travel warnings are notable for Mexico, the United States' neighbor and consistently top foreign destination for American travelers, as the country struggles to blunt rising violence linked to drug cartels and corrupt institutions.

The programme, launched by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs on Wednesday, ranked countries based on the US' assessment of country's security situation with a four-level ranking system.

Level 2 means "exercise increased caution" for nations where there is a heightened risk to safety.

But as a rough guide, America's per capita murder rate of 4.88 per 100,000 people puts it between Cuba at 4.72 ("reconsider travel") and Somalia at 5.56 ("do not travel"). The information is officially for US government employee travel guidance but also serves as a globetrotter's crash course of ongoing risks around the world. It assigns a level 3 rating ("reconsider travel") to states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Zacatecas. "In the past, there have been large-scale terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of casualties", it said. But it reached the height of notoriousness in 2014 after 43 students went missing since 26 September 2014, when they were abducted in the city of Iguala in Guerrero state. Levels Three and Four we review every six months just as we did Travel Warnings.

Tamaulipas has always been riven by turf wars between rival drug cartels, and Sinaloa is home to the cartel of the same name.

However, the rate of homicide in Colima has seen a serious increase in recent years rising to Mexico's most risky states with 83.3 murders per 100,000 inhabitants last year due to the expansion of drug organizations such as the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel.

The office also mentioned that the USA government was unable to provide any consular services to US citizens from the Consulate General in Peshawar. Over the past two years, battles between cartels vying for control of supply routes to the lucrative USA drug market have sent murder rates soaring and put large swaths of the country outside the effective control of the Mexican government.

The US state department has warned tourists to "completely avoid" five states in Mexico because of rampant crime levels and gang activity. "Some areas have increased risk", the advisory said. A new system unveiled yesterday scraps all that. This is the area where the popular twin resorts of Los Cabos are located.