The updated travel warning, which was released August 22, replaces an earlier travel warning issued December 8, 2016. U.S.travel warnings of differing levels exist for most Mexican states.
In Los Cabos, located in Baja California Sur, the department says criminal activity continues to be an issue and the homicide rate is high.
As a result of the warning, the State Department has provided a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico. Criminals are said to target newer and larger vehicles, but buses and older model sedans traveling from the USA have also been targets for carjackers, who do everything from creating road blocks to hitting cars and running victims off the road.
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.
While the government's travel warning notes that resort areas and tourist destinations are usually exempt from much of the of drug-related violence and crime found throughout Mexico, there have been numerous cases of American citizens being kidnapped or even killed during turf battles between criminal groups.
Oaxaca (includes Oaxaca, Huatulco, and Puerto Escondido): U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas and are not allowed to use public transportation in Oaxaca City.
There have been deadly gun battles in downtown Cancun, and in January, five people were killed at a nightclub in nearby Playa del Carmen. In Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, the homicide rate has been on the rise since a year ago.
"Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the US warned.