Messages for U.S. Citizens
Security Message (February 08, 2013)
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Nuevo Laredo Consular District to an increase in violence related to Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) in and around Nuevo Laredo. In the past week, there have been at least 8 murders and 5 arson attacks on local residences. On the evening of February 7, 2013, a series of gun battles between TCO elements included three grenade explosions in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo. Mexican law enforcement sources tell us the increased violence is likely the result of rival TCO elements fighting for control of the city and that similar attacks are likely to continue in the near-term.
Danger to innocent bystanders is high, and the U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.
In order to receive the most current security information available, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo encourages all United States Citizens living in or visiting the Nuevo Laredo Consular district to “Follow Us” on Twitter, or “Like Us” on Facebook. The Consulate will use Twitter and Facebook to disseminate regular and time sensitive information related to the security situation in and around Nuevo Laredo.
To Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com\USACONNVL
To Like US on Facebook: www.facebook.com\ConsuladoNuevoLaredo
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov/, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/travelgov, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart- traveler/id442693988?mt=8 to have travel information at your fingertips.
The Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo is located at Allende 3330, Colonia Jardin, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The Consulate General's telephone number from the U.S. is (011)(52)(867) 714-0512; within Mexico, (01) (867) 714-0512. The fax number is (011)(52)(867) 714-6075. For additional inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://nuevolaredo.usconsulate.gov/.