Families are making travel plans for the summer, and for many that involves passports and long flights to foreign destinations.
KTRH News heard from Medjet CEO Mike Hallman, whose air medical transport and travel security program protects celebrities, corporate executives, the NFL when they play overseas, and everyday vacationers.
There are five states in Mexico the State Department lists as *No Go* areas (see below), and Hallman advises caution along some parts of the Pacific Coast. “With a level 4 travel advisory, Acapulco is in the same category as places like Iran, Syria and North Korea.” Further to the south, he says there are some areas of Brazil to avoid if you’re heading to Rio. “Water pollution can expose swimmers to serious viral and bacterial infections. The sand can also hide infectious bugs, making it extra risky for babies and toddlers,” Hallman cautions. “Be ESPECIALLY CAREFUL if you travel outside the main tourist areas.”
A little known fact – Hallman informs why to watch out if you’re checking out Giza and the pyramids. “Cairo is considered the most dangerous city in the world for women.”
The State Department’s Worldwide Caution website lists all of the advisories for 2019.
If you are traveling to Mexico, this is the top warning from the State Department.
Do not travel to:
• Colima state due to crime.
• Guerrero state due to crime.
• Michoacán state due to crime.
• Sinaloa state due to crime.
• Tamaulipas state due to crime.
For detailed information on all states in Mexico, please see below.
If you decide to travel to Mexico:
• Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
• Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
• Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
• Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
• Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
• U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.