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Category 2 – High Risk: The states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Durango, Jalisco, Morelos, and Michoacán, and the state of Mexico (not including Mexico City)

Category 3 – Medium Risk: All other areas of Mexico (including Mexico City)

*Important Safety Note: In most cases, the IOC does not allow driving across the border into Mexico. Only travelers going to border cities (approximately 50 miles or less from the border) may be considered for a driving exception. In addition, all lodging should be arranged on the U.S. side of the border, and travelers must make arrangements to be back on the U.S. side of the border before nightfall. For all other cities, air travel must be used.

The risk ratings above are in accordance with the UT Restricted Regions List. If you are traveling to this location, please refer to the guidelines for Requesting Travel Authorization to Restricted Regions.

Before beginning the request process, we encourage you to visit the following websites to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with travel to this country:


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NOTE: Shading is for reference only and does not accurately reflect category border demarcation. Visit International SOS (UT Member ID: 11BSGC000037) for location-specific risk category information.

Links to International News Sources

BBC - Mexico Country Profile
Reuters - Mexico
CNN - Mexico
NPR - Latin America
NY Times - Mexico
The Washington Post - North America
The Huffington Post - Mexico
MSNBC - Mexico
The Economist - Mexico

Links to Country-Specific Travel Resources Guide to Mexico
Mexconnect - Online Informational Magazine
E-Puerto Vallarta Travel Magazine

The well-being of UT students, faculty, and staff is the primary concern of the UT-Austin International Oversight Committee. We realize that some areas of the world present heightened health, safety, and security risks, and so the resources above are provided to help UT travelers make informed decisions regarding their international travel.