/ Modified jan 11, 2018 9:43 a.m.

New Travel Warning Puts Mexican States in Most Dangerous Ranking

The new U.S system classified certain states in Mexico with warnings comparable to Iraq and North Korea.

Sinaloa street hero Sinaloa is one of five states in Mexico that has been classified under the most dangerous ranking. (PHOTO: Michel Marizco, Fronteras Desk)

The U.S. Department of State has a new travel warning system, giving danger spots around the globe rankings on a scale of one to four.

Five states in Mexico have been classified under the most dangerous ranking.

For the State Department, Mexico is level 2, which warns American travelers to be cautious while visiting.

Mexico City ranked level 2, but Arizona’s neighbor, Sonora, is level 3, meaning: Reconsider traveling to that state.

And five Mexican states are level 4, the highest rank. Those include: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.

These are places where the U.S. government advises zero traveling, similar to warnings for Iraq and North Korea.

This travel warning replaces the one issued last August, which still used a system without rankings.

Fronteras Desk
This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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