A leading Jalisco government official has criticized an updated U.S. Department of State travel advisory for Mexico released this week, even though its wording regarding this state has not changed since the previous one was issued in December of last year.
As in the past, the missive recommends that U.S. citizens “defer non-essential travel” to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacan and Zacatecas, where the security situation is considered “unstable.”
They are also advised “to exercise caution in rural areas and when using secondary highways.”
The only other specific information in the advisory pertinent to Jalisco concerns U.S. government personnel, who are prohibited from stopping in the town of La Barca (no reason is given), as well as from personal travel to areas of Jalisco that border Zacatecas and all intercity travel at night.
“I want make it clear, and be very emphatic, that neither national nor foreign visitors run any risk, and can visit these places in our state without any problem,” Jalisco Government Secretary Roberto Lopez Lara declared on Wednesday. “They are safe in our state, they can travel freely and, until now, we don’t have any information about (attacks) on civilians.”