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Alert: U.S. government travel restrictions
August 10, 2022

Location: Guanajuato State, Mexico  


Event: Following numerous confirmed acts of violence on August 9, including arson of buildings and vehicles, U.S. citizens are reminded to reconsider travel to Guanajuato state due to crime. 

Until further notice, U.S. government employees have been restricted from traveling on highway 45 from Irapuato to the cities of Silao and Leon in the state of Guanajuato. 

U.S. government employees must also adhere to the following existing traveling restrictions:  

Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato. 

Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.  


Actions to Take: 

Do no travel to the areas described above. 

Be aware of your surroundings.  

Follow instructions of local authorities.  

Monitor local media for updates and in case of emergency, call 911.  



From Mexico: (55) 8526 2561  

From the United States: 1-844-528-6611  

Department of State – Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444  



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