Mass Demonstrations in Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Guerrero States

U.S. Embassy Mexico City

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Mass Demonstrations in Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Guerrero States

August 30, 2017


The U.S. Embassy advises its citizens in Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Guerrero States to avoid the vicinity of expected demonstrations held by teachers, students, and other groups scheduled to begin September 1, 2017.  The teacher’s union CNTE and other groups are expected to hold demonstrations expressing their complaints towards the government.  Recent demonstrations have been marked by attacks against public buildings and private transport, and have included violence.  The Embassy cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protests, and are reminded that even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent.  U.S. Government personnel are prohibited from travel to Oaxaca from September 1- 5, 2017.

The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners.  Such actions may result in detention and/or deportation.  Travelers should avoid participating in demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities.  Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll booths on highways.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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 travel website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and theWorldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard 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. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F. and is open 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) is 011-52-555-080-2000, or (dialing from Oaxaca and Acapulco) 01-555-080-2000.  Website:  The Oaxaca consular agency is located at Macedonio Alcala No. 407, Interior 20, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, 68000.  The Acapulco consular agency is located at Costera M. Alemán 121, Office 14, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39670.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the Embassy switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.