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Authorities are investigating the disappearance of three Italians who went missing after they were detained by police at a petrol station in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, on the Jan. 31. Friends and family marched in Naples, "demanding answers from the Mexican government."
The three men have been identified as Raffaele Russo, 60; his son Antonio Russo, 25, and his nephew Vincenzo Cimmino, 29. Authorities have stated that the three were on a business trip at the time of their disappearance. Raffaele Russo sells electric generators, and the group was staying in Guadalajara.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:30am
On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.
Notably, the warning advises: "Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance." This is good advice whenever and wherever you travel. Also buy coverage for repatriation of remains.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:26am
Having a family member suddenly go missing is a terrifying experience; having this happen while your loved one is traveling in a foreign country compounds the fear with myriad complications.
What do you do when you get the phone call? Or, worse, when there is no call; when your traveling child or sibling or parent or friend, who has been diligently staying in touch throughout his or her trip, suddenly falls silent?
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 13, 2018 at 8:32am
The U.S. government has issued more crime warnings for the Bahamas than for all locations in the Caribbean.
Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Jet-ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands."
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 10, 2018 at 6:46am
It’s all part of their new system of travel advisories that rolled out on January 10, which ranks places on a scale of one to four with a corresponding color code.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:09pm
Nineteen American citizens have reported symptoms similar to those suffered by U.S. diplomats who had been identified as victims of alleged attacks in Cuba.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:01pm
Several countries, including the U.S., have issued travel warnings in the wake of a spate of violent crimes in Jamaica. The warnings come after a series of violent incidents, including one in which a Canadian couple was murdered in their vacation home in St. Thomas Parish on the east side of the island earlier this month.
"Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents," the State Department wrote in its advisory.
A reported 1,350 murders, 1,216 shootings, 449 aggravated assaults, and 480 rapes took place in…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:00pm
Five states in Mexico now have the sternest "do not travel" advisories under a revamped U.S. State Department system, putting them on the same level as war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The five states are Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast. All the states are hotspots of drug cartel activity, either hosting trafficking routes or extensive drug-crop cultivation.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 3:56pm
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