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Security Alert: Nuevo Laredo (Mexico), The Consulate Continues to Monitor Situation Following Violence Between Authorities and Criminals

Location: Multiple Locations, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico


Event:  The Consulate continues to monitor the security situation in the city of Nuevo Laredo following violent confrontations between Mexican authorities and criminal organizations that started on January 1.


Additional restrictions on movement and an early curfew imposed on U.S. government personnel on January 1 have been lifted.  U.S. government personnel remain subject to normal movement and curfew restrictions in Nuevo Laredo as described in the current Mexico Travel Advisory:


Organized crime activity – including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault – is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria.  Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers hostage and demanding ransom payments.


Heavily armed members of criminal groups often patrol areas of the state in marked and unmarked vehicles and operate with impunity particularly along the border region from Reynosa northwest to Nuevo Laredo.  In these areas, local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to crime incidents.


U.S. government employees may only travel within a limited radius between the U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros and their respective U.S. Ports of Entry.  U.S. government employees may not travel between cities in Tamaulipas using interior Mexican highways and they must observe a curfew between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in the cities of Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo.  U.S. government employees can travel between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey only during daylight hours on Highway 85D and with prior Consulate authorization.


 Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.



U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

+52 867 714 0512

+52 55 5080 2000 (U.S. Citizen Emergencies) 



State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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