PHOENIX — The U.S. State Department updated its Mexico travel warning on Friday.
There has been a travel warning for Mexico since 2010 because of drug-related violence, and updates are made as needed. The last update was in January.
Government officials don’t comment on the reasons for an update, saying only that one is issued when there is new information to convey to U.S. citizens.
The changes between the previous warning and the one issued Friday appear to be minor. They include updated crime statistics in certain areas now that complete 2013 figures are available.
The advisory for Rocky Point, a favorite beachfront getaway for Arizonans, appears to have been toned down slightly.
In January, the State Department noted the high-profile December 2013 gun battle at a Rocky Point resort between Mexican authorities and organized-crime members. It advised U.S. citizens to “remain vigilant, exercise caution and use the Lukeville/Sonoyta border crossing to limit driving through Mexico.”
The latest warning simply says U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco, as Rocky Point is formally known, should use the Lukeville/Sonoyta border crossing and limit driving to daylight hours.
Rocky Point was added to the Mexico travel warning for the first time in April 2011.