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Security Alert: Sinaloa (January 07, 2023)
January 7, 2023

Location: Sinaloa

 Event:  In-person consular services at the U.S. Consular Agency in Mazatlan will remain suspended on Monday, January 9, 2023.  This is a continuation of the suspension in services previously announced on January 5, stemming from the violence across Sinaloa.  U.S. citizens in need of a passport who plan to fly from Sinaloa to the United States in the next week should email the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo using our contact form.  Please include the name, date of birth, social security number, and the number of the stolen passport (if known) for each person flying.  The ACS unit will respond with instructions on how to proceed.  The U.S. Consulates General in Hermosillo and Guadalajara continue to offer in-person consular services.

The State Department reminds U.S. citizens that Sinaloa is classified as Level 4 – Do Not Travel – in its travel advisory for Mexico.  Violent crime is widespread and can occur without warning, affecting access to transportation, airports, utilities, and/or hospitals.  Criminal organizations are based in and operating in Sinaloa.  U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have been victims of kidnapping.  U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles.  Please visit travel.state.gov for the full Mexico Travel Advisory.

Actions to Take: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Maintain a high level of vigilance and keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates and in case of emergency, call 911.
  • Review your personal security plans and follow the instructions of local authorities.