Security Message for U.S. Citizens Mexican Elections 2015

Dated June 4, 2015

Mexican elections are scheduled for Sunday, June 7. U.S. citizens should avoid all election-related demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the authorities. The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. U.S. citizens should monitor instructions or statements from the Government of Mexico for the most up to date information. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Protesters may block traffic on roads, including major thoroughfares, or take control of toll booths on highways. In some areas, protestors have blocked access to gas stations, and their presence at airports has caused flights to be delayed or suspended. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests. Travelers who encounter protestors demanding unofficial tolls are generally allowed to pass upon payment. Travelers are urged not to exit from major highways onto secondary roads in rural areas.

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) at http://www.travel.state.gov/. 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 local media for news and official announcements regarding security, including updates from the Mexican National Electoral Institute, as well as the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide 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. 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. 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) 011-52-555-080-2000, http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_hours.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.