U.S. State Department expands travel warnings for Mexico

The U.S. State Department has expanded its travel advisories, warning of dangers in parts of Mexico that hadn’t previously been addressed, including the Caribbean coast.

It’s due to increased violence in the area. The advisory stated that turf battles between criminal groups had resulted in crimes and killings in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.

Chiapas was one of the states newly included in this advisory, with the U.S. State Department in the area saying, “U.S. government personnel must remain in tourist areas and are not allowed to use public transportation.”

The warning also included states covering popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. 

There are more than two dozen Mexican states now under the travel advisory.

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Mexican soldiers escort Jose Serna Padilla aka 'El zopilote' an alleged member of the drug cartel 'Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion' during his presentation to the press on March 18, 2012 in Guadalajara City, Mexico. Serna Padilla was arrested during a military operation in the small town of Zapotiltic in the Jalisco State. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter help in traffic in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015.More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned truck in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned truck in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Federal policemen secure the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned bus in the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Mexican Army stand guard in the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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