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    Security Alert: Reports of increased criminal activity, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. July 13, 2021.
    Location: Highway 85D between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey

    Event: In response to reports of increased criminal activity, Mexican authorities have increased police patrols along Highway 85D in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. As a result, travelers might encounter additional police checkpoints causing unexpected delays. Tamaulipas is rated Level 4 – Do Not Travel due to crime and kidnapping. Organized crime activity—including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault—is common along the northern border of Tamaulipas and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers and demanding ransom payments.
    Security Alert: Reports of increased criminal activity, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. July 13, 2021.

    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – July 12, 2021.
    Location: Mexicali Valley, Baja California

    Event: Cartel Violence

    This Security Alert replaces the Security Alert of April 23, 2021.

    The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana has updated its travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel.

    U.S. travelers should be aware of additional travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel in Mexicali Valley and take appropriate actions. The Baja California state portion of the Travel Advisory for Mexico has been updated to read:

    Mexicali Valley: U.S. government employees should avoid the Mexicali Valley until further notice due to the heightened possibility of violence between rival cartel factions. The boundaries of the restricted area are defined to the east, the Baja California/Arizona and Baja California/Sonora borders; to the south, from La Ventana (on Highway 5) due east to the Colorado River; to the west, Highway 5; and to the north, Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas/Highway 92/Highway 1 to Carretera Aeropuerto, from the intersection of Highway 1 and Carretera Aeropuerto due north to the Baja California/California border, and from that point eastward along the Baja California/California border.

    Employees may use Highways 2 and 2D to transit between Mexicali, Los Algodones, and San Luis Rio Colorado during daylight hours. They may also use Highways 1 and 8 to transit to and from the Mexicali Airport during daylight hours. Travel on Highway 5 is permissible during daylight hours.
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – July 12, 2021.

    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Matamoros, Mexico: Reynosa, Tamaulipas (June 25, 2021)
    (GW: Reynosa is just across the border from McAllen, Texas).
    Event: Cartel Violence
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Matamoros, Mexico: Reynosa, Tamaulipas (June 25, 2021)

    Guanajuato state – Reconsider Travel
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    Reconsider travel due to crime.

    Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.

    U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:

    Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.
    There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees, including to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City, and surrounding areas.
    U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Advisory

    Travel Advisory Update: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)
    The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on June 17, 2021. Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. The Advisory does not include a country-level risk assessment for crime; it has one for each state. Please note that some areas of Mexico have increased risk of crime and kidnapping. Read the entire Advisory, including the detailed state summaries and Advisory levels for information on your specific travel destination. Read the country information page for Mexico.
    Travel Advisory Update: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)

    Alert: Cancellation of Routine Services – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)
    In observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day, the U.S. Embassy, Consulates General, and Consular Agencies will be closed for routine services on Friday, June 18, 2021.
    Alert: Cancellation of Routine Services – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)

    U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. (May 26, 2021).
    If you are abroad and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

    U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. (May 26, 2021).

    Four Year Work Permits Now Available for U.S. Citizens in Mexico (April 27, 2021)
    The governments of Mexico and the United States continue to work together to facilitate regular, safe, and productive travel that strengthens ties between our countries. U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain Mexican work permits valid for up to four years, eliminating the need to renew work permits annually.
    Four Year Work Permits Now Available for U.S. Citizens in Mexico (April 27, 2021)

    Security Alert – Cartel Violence Mexicali Valley April 23, 2021.
    This Security Alert replaces the Security Alert of April 9, 2021.
    Security Alert – Cartel Violence Mexicali Valley April 23, 2021.

    Health Alert: Mexico Travel Advisory Change: Level 4: Do Not Travel Due to COVID-19 (April 20, 2021)
    The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on April 20, 2021, to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current health issues affecting travelers’ health.
    Health Alert: Mexico Travel Advisory Change: Level 4: Do Not Travel Due to COVID-19 (April 20, 2021)

    Security Alert – Cartel Violence April 9, 2021.
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – (April 9, 2021)
    Location: Mexicali and the Mexicali Valley, Baja California
    Event: Cartel Violence
    Security Alert – Cartel Violence April 9, 2021.

    Health Alert -Mexico COVID-19 Update April 9, 2021.
    COVID-19 cases in Mexico continue to decrease after peaking in the first week of January 2021. ...

    Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or antigen) taken within three calendar days of travel. ...
    Health Alert -Mexico COVID-19 Update April 9, 2021.

    SMA Consular Agent Passport Renewal Program.
    **NEW: ADULT RENEWAL PROGRAM**
    We are pleased to announce that the Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende is now accepting applications for renewal of some adult regular 10-year validity passports. We will also accept applications for the exchange of limited validity emergency passports for regular full passports (within one year of emergency passport issuance). We are
    scheduling appointments on April 16 and April 30 at the U.S. Consular Agency located at Plaza La Luciernaga, locales 4 y 5, Libramiento Manuel Zavala 165, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 37745.
    To request an appointment please email and specify you are requesting an appointment for the ADULT RENEWAL PROGRAM
    Renewal applicants at other locations should confirm directly with the consulate or consular agency whether a similar program is available.
    ...
    There is no walk-in service for U.S. citizens who require services related to passports or notary services. These services are by appointment only. All applicants must be present, no matter the age.
    Many locations currently offer limited routine (non-emergency) passport appointments, although availability is subject to change with health and safety conditions. If not requesting an emergency appointment, we ask for your continued patience in checking for appointment availability:
    We are currently scheduling emergency appointments for applicants with an urgent need. If you have emergency travel plans or otherwise require a passport urgently, please email us at to request an emergency appointment.

    More at ...This is from the SMA Consular Agent regarding their Passport Renewal Program. (Facebook page)
    Civil List (groups.io)

    GW: Both of those links above are to private groups. I have seen this information posted from a US Embassy CLV (Citizen Liaison Volunteer) and believe it to be accurate. I have not seen it on any official site or any public site.

    Message for U.S. Citizens – Change in Availability of American Citizen Services (March 19, 2021)
    Effective March 19, the U.S. Embassy and all Consulates General in Mexico have resumed limited appointments for routine passport, citizenship, and notarial services. Limited routine services are also available at some Consular Agencies. Please see our website for the most up to date information on service availability at each location. Appointment availability will be strictly limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms. All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask.

    In some locations, qualified applicants may be able to utilize a drop-off program for adult passport renewals without appointment. Please see our website (making an appointment) for more information on locations, hours, and qualifications to participate in these programs.
    Message for U.S. Citizens – Change in Availability of American Citizen Services (March 19, 2021)

    Passport Services **NEW: ADULT RENEWAL DROP-OFF PROGRAM** (March 2021)
    We are pleased to announce that the Embassy in Mexico City is now accepting unscheduled walk-in applications for renewal of some adult regular 10-year validity passports. We will also accept applications for the exchange of limited validity emergency passports for regular full passports (within one year of emergency passport issuance). We are accepting prepared and complete application packets on March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

    Renewal applicants at other locations should confirm directly with the consulate or consular agency whether a similar program is available.

    You can renew your passport at the Embassy using this program if ... (more at the link)
    Passport Services **NEW: ADULT RENEWAL DROP-OFF PROGRAM**

    COVID-19 Information for U.S. Citizens in Mexico Last updated: [01/26/21]
    ...
    COVID-19 Information for U.S. Citizens in Mexico

    Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Mexico in Light of COVID-19 (Updated November 25, 2020)
    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates general in Mexico suspended routine consular and visa services March 18 due to COVID-19.

    U.S. citizens in need of 24/7 emergency assistance should call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1 (844) 528-6611 from the United States. For information on other services, see below.

    American Citizens Services (ACS)/Passport Services:
    Effective October 20, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and Consulates General Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana will resume limited appointments for some routine passport, citizenship, and notarial services. Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability will be strictly limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms. Each applicant requires their own appointment. All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask.

    At this time, Consulate General Ciudad Juarez and Consular Agencies Acapulco, Los Cabos, Cancun, Mazatlan, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Piedras Negras, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende, are only able to provide emergency services. Please contact these locations by email or call +52 55-8526-2561 for more information on the availability of emergency passport or notarial services at these consulates and consular agencies. ...

    If you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact the location nearest you by email or call +52 55-8526-2561 to request an emergency appointment.

    More at the link:
    Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Mexico in Light of COVID-19 (Updated November 25, 2020)

    Video: U. S. Consular Agent. Ericka Montez Ruiz, Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Oct 13


    SMA Consular Agency resuming limited in person services by October 13

    From this Facebook post from Erika Montes Ruiz (the new SMA Consular Agent):

    Hello American expat community!

    I'm happy to announce that our Consular Agency has been certified by Proteccion Civil. As such, we are resuming limited in person services by October 13. At the moment, we can only offer emergency passport and notary services, by appointment ONLY. No walk ins will be accepted in order to comply with city guidelines on operating during the pandemic. ...

    Please keep in mind that our services are by appointment only. Once your appointment has been confirmed, we will provide additional information on the requirements and sanitary procedures. We request your patience as we resume limited services, as we are making every effort to do so safely for both our staff and the U.S. citizens we serve. If you have a general question, please email us to
    SMA Consular Agency resuming limited in person services by October 13 (Facebook post)

    Subject: Mexico Travel Advisory – Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Mexico City ~~~~~
    Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
    • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
    • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
    • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
      More info.

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    Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). More info.
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    The SMA Consular Agency is closed to routine services.

    Notarials - Embassy is doing only Emergency notarials. If you have any questions, send an email to .
    Also https://www.notarize.com/ has been used to notarize documents overseas. Your state might or might not allow it.

    Passports are being renewed on an Emergency basis only. All inquiries should be sent to .
    Currently the Embassy is taking EMERGENCY appointments only. If someone has a real emergency (expiring passport is not an emergency) they can write to and explain their case. If it is deemed an emergency, then they will be given an appt. They will then be given an Emergency passport which is good for 1 year. The COST is the same as regular passport. $145 first time, $110 renewal. And they can exchange within one year for the full validity passport (10 yrs for 16yo and up) at no additional cost. $115 for minors 15 and under, either first time or renewal.

    Questions regarding appointments for emergency services such as US passports, visas, notarial services, CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) - send appointment requests to .

    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is scheduling a limited number of routine appointments for U.S. passport, CRBA, and notary services. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for added and/or canceled appointments. The Embassy continues to provide limited emergency consular services, including emergency passports and notarial services, to U.S. citizens by appointment only. Email to request an emergency service.U.S. Embassy

    The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara continues to provide essential consular services to U.S. citizens by appointment only.

    Some routine appointments can be scheduled online by ....

    Email to request an emergency service. Please do not come to the Consulate without an appointment.
    U.S. Embassy

    The U.S. Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende suspended routine American Citizen services starting March 18, 2020, until further notice. A small number of appointments are available at the Agency for those requiring in-person emergency services. Those requiring emergency consular services, including emergency passports and notarial services to U.S. citizens should contact . If the Agency is unable to accommodate your emergency appointment, you may also request the Embassy at to request an appointment in Mexico City. For U.S. citizen emergencies after close of business, please call and ask to be connected to the duty officer in Mexico City.

    Telephone from Mexico: 55-8526-2561
    Telephone from United States: 844-528-6611
    Email:
    Plaza La Luciernaga,
    Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala No. 165, Locales 4 y 5
    Colonia La Luciernaga
    U.S. Embassy

    For the latest information, see: Making an Appointment for contact information for other locations and the latest status.
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    Latest updates:
    Security Alert: Reports of increased criminal activity, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. July 13, 2021.
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – July 12, 2021.
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