Mexico for Spring Break is a fun idea, but news reports about the worsening security situation throughout the country should be taken seriously. On February 8, 2012, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Warning for Mexico urging Americans to avoid non-essential travel to the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas, as well as parts or most of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Nayarit.
If travel to Mexico is unavoidable, you are urged to exercise the utmost caution, particularly in the north of the country and in areas along the U.S. border. Although drug-cartel violence is not typically seen in resort areas and tourist destinations, Americans have fallen victim to homicide, highway robbery, carjacking, gun battles and kidnapping throughout the country. According to the State Department, the number of U.S. citizens reported murdered in Mexico almost quadrupled from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
Detailed information, including state-by-state assessments, can be found on the State Department Web site:
The University of Texas at Austin's International Office also provides a comprehensive overview of risks, including a map and links to helpful resources: http://world.utexas.edu/risk/restrictedregions/mexico.
All students traveling internationally as individuals or in groups, with or without university funding, for any UT-sponsored, UT-administered, or UT-related activity (including, but not limited to, official study abroad programs, registered student organization trips abroad, research trips and conferences) are required to comply with the university's Travel Policy to Restricted Regions: http://world.utexas.edu/risk/travelpolicy.
Health and Safety Resources: http://world.utexas.edu/risk/travelresources
Know Before You Go: http://world.utexas.edu/abroad/health/know
Spring Break in Mexico: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/spring_break_mexico_5014.html
General tips for avoiding dangerous situations: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/springbreak.php