With Spring Break travel on the horizon, the State Department’s travel advisory website has put out a warning to all U.S. travelers about safe countries to visit.
Of Mexico’s 32 states, only two (Yucatan and Campeche) are not under elevated warnings of crime and kidnappings. U.S. residents are generally advised not to travel to Mexico, and to exercise increased caution if they must.
Travel Risks while Abroad
There’s an old saying about Mexico that states, “So far from God and so close to the United States.” It’s a true statement for both countries because the relationship between Mexico and the United States has not always been easy despite their proximity.
In recent years, Mexican American relations have been strained due somewhat to the ongoing immigration debate in the United States. In 2017, the U.S. administration enacted several policies to crack down on illegal immigration, including the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. This has led to tensions between the two countries and protests in both the United States and Mexico.
There’s also the ongoing drug-related violence, kidnappings, and thefts that continue to persist all over the country. The recent murder of a vacationing American public defender has further stoked fears of targeted violence against tourists.
All this considered, there are several things that travelers can do while in Mexico to exercise caution and balance the travel risks. Some very basic tips are to stay in well-lit, busy areas and to avoid secluded places. It is also a good idea to keep valuable belongings close and to remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Try to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use an ATM or credit card to make purchases instead. Finally, always follow local laws and abide by the instructions of local law enforcement.
Travel Safe with Corporate Level Travel Security while in Mexico
The threat of crime in Mexico is nothing new, and doesn’t change the fact that many businesses have employees who live on one side of the border and work on the other. Mexico is still the top destination for many U.S. travelers, as well. Indeed, the border crossing between the United States and Mexico in San Diego is considered one of the busiest border crossings in the world!
To that end, global risk and threat assessments help businesses, and personal travelers, make safer, more informed decisions while in Mexico. With this in mind, and with decades of experience in corporate travel safety, we created our business travel app. IMG GlobalSecur’s additional travel security services seamlessly integrate risk assessments, security guidance, global intelligence, security monitoring, medical assistance, and emergency response to help keep you, your family, and your organization’s travelers safe and informed. In short, business travel security and peace of mind with the FoneTrac corporate travel app while heading south of the border.
Our updates on monitored travel and threat data help alert travelers to known risks and events that can impact their safety while spending time in Mexico or elsewhere abroad. And when unanticipated events occur, such as natural disasters or escalations in violence, our team of industry experts is available to provide “hands-on” support for security or medical emergencies, including crisis evacuation.
The unique value of this level of protection is the partnership between the FoneTrac app, and the tailored services and resources our expert global network offers. FoneTrac alone is a patented communications system and personal security app that functions as a check-in and panic-alert tool, offering travelers a way to stay connected with advice and assistance whenever it is needed.
With this tool, a traveler experiencing a personal safety or medical emergency in Mexico can summon help instantly. This can be on an individual level, for a family vacation, or on a consistent basis for employees who are traveling across the border. All you need is FoneTrac downloaded on your smartphone. From there, we can provide the tools to have the highest level of traveler safety while across the U.S./Mexico border, or anywhere for that matter.
The bottom line is that the current threat level in Mexico is High, and likely won’t be changing anytime soon. According to the U.S. Department of State, all Spring Breakers and other travelers should exercise increased caution due to these heightened levels of crime and violence in the country.
Simply the best way to experience Mexico today is with peace of mind, knowing that a team of international experts in corporate travel security are ready to assist you, your family, and your team whenever help is needed.
IMG GlobalSecur Employee Travel Security Experts
IMG GlobalSecur has decades of experience in the security industry, including executive travel security expertise and more. The FoneTrac app is an incredible on-the-go travel app for iPhone / Android that gives you and/or your business tools such as employee itinerary monitoring, panic alert, check-in, or just the ability to instantly let those back home know where you are and that you’re safe. Contact us today!