How to travel safely in Mexico City
Travelers traveling to Mexico City should avoid the notorious “mexican” roadblocks that are common during the summer months.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities have banned travelers from crossing the country’s famous “tourist trap” between the city of Cancun and its neighbor Guadalajara, after the country experienced a wave of tourist-related deaths.
The Mexican government said on Monday it would ban all travelers from Mexico City from July 1, the day Mexico City opens its borders to the United States and Canada, which together are home to more than 80 million people.
Travellers from the U.S. and Canada will also be barred from entering Mexico, and Mexicans will have to travel through the heavily-guarded Ciudad Juarez.
More than 100 people have died in Mexico’s tourist-infested Ciudado Juarez, according to government data.
In Guadalagua, Mexico’s capital, police shut down all tourist attractions and bars to prevent the flow of drugs.
Mexico’s Tourism Ministry has issued more than 200 travel warnings, including a ban on all public events and tours, and is sending officials to help travelers navigate the city.
Travelers are required to show proof of a valid visa to enter Mexico City.
Mexican authorities also have warned of the risk of violence during the trip.
“Travelling by motor vehicle in the city, with the possibility of violent confrontations and the use of violence, is not permitted,” Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Sunday.
Officials said the travel restrictions will remain in place until the government reviews its policies and guidelines.
Authorities also warned people not to travel to Guadalacrado, the Mexican city where a recent outbreak of the coronavirus killed more than 40 people.