The Department of State divides its roles and responsibilities in Mexico among 10 consular districts spread across Mexico. For information regarding the security environment in other areas of Mexico, please reference the OSAC Crime and Safety Reports from the following Consular Districts: Tijuana, Nogales, Hermosillo, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Merida.
Overall, crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere, and U. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity (homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking, highway robbery).
While many of those killed in organized crime-related violence were involved in criminal activity, innocent persons have also been killed.
Travelers should be cautious when using their credit cards. Cards should not leave the sight of the traveler, as many businesses have portable card-readers that should be brought to the consumer. Personnel may also travel to parts of Coahuila (Saltillo, Parras de la Fuente, Bosques de Monterreal). government personnel must remain in San Pedro Garza Garcia from 0100-0600 (0500 if traveling to the airport).For more information on self-driving, please review OSAC’s Report “The highway to Reynosa continues to see a consistent level of violence; the highway to Laredo has seen markedly fewer incidents.Travelers should pay close attention to local news reports and the Consulate Messages for U. Citizens to reduce their chances of encountering these situations.Upon returning home, travelers should examine their statements for any unauthorized purchases. Travel is permitted within the state of Nuevo Leon via toll roads. If traveling by road, travelers should exercise caution and avoid traveling at night when possible.Due to drug-related violence associated with Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO), U. government personnel are not permitted to drive between Monterrey and the U. Traffic patterns change without notice due to road construction or maintenance, and traffic is often severely impacted, causing major traffic jams throughout the city.