Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Law Enforcement Operations in Villa Ahumada and Other Areas

The Consulate has learned from Mexican government sources that they are conducting law enforcement operations in the city of Villa Ahumada, which is on Highway 45, the main route between Ciudad Juarez and the state capital in Chihuahua City.  Similar operations are reportedly underway in Cuauhtemoc  and other towns in the region.  The Consulate recommends U.S. citizens follow news sources for developments regarding these operations. The Consulate has prohibited U.S. Government personnel from traveling to or through Villa Ahumada until these operations have ended.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is located at Paseo de la Victoria #3650 Fracc. Partido Senecú, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico C.P. 32543, and is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The U.S. Consulate’s website is:  http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov.

During regular work hours, the American Citizens Services unit of the Consulate can be reached at (656) 227-3411, by fax at (656) 227-3264 or by email at cdjamericancitizens@state.gov.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate dialing from a Mexican phone is (656) 215-0725.  If calling from a Ciudad Juarez land line, call 044 (656) 215-0725.  If calling from other parts in Mexico, dial 045 (656) 215-0725.  If calling from the United States, dial 011 521 (656) 215-0725.