Based on an existing situation involving protests following the disappearance of 43 students, the U.S. embassy in Mexico has issued a new travel warning for the state of Guerrero that includes Acapulco.
The new warning has been issued in response to protests and violent incidents in Guerrero state in response to the disappearance of 43 students there.
The embassy has issued guidelines for its personnel, which it also cautions U.S. travelers to follow, to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land, to include the federal toll road (“cuota”) 95D to and from Mexico City and Acapulco. Road travel in all other parts of the state remains prohibited. Travel by air to and from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is still permitted.
The embassy also warns that the Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 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.
Travelers are encouraged to review their personal security plans, enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov and to regularly monitor the State Department's website for more information.
The embassy's travel warning is available here.