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Warden Message to Inform U.S. Citizens about the Potential Dangers of Inter-City Bus Travel in Tamaulipas April 8, 2011

The United States Consulate General in Matamoros advised U.S. Citizens of the potential hazards of highway travel in Tamaulipas on November 12, 2010 and re-issued the message on January 7, 2011.  The messages focused on the dangers of traveling in private vehicles.  In addition to those messages, recent reports indicate that inter-city buses are increasingly being targeted by armed individuals for robbery and kidnapping.

From late March to early April, the Consulate received three reports from American Citizens or their families regarding inter-city buses being boarded by criminals.  In at least one instance, male bus passengers, including an American citizen, were forcibly removed from those buses and have yet to be located.   The Consulate General strongly encourages those American Citizens considering travel through Tamaulipas by bus, as well as by automobile, to keep these risks in mind.

We encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration web site at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  Americans without Internet access may register in person or by phone with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" found at http://travel.state.gov.

For any emergencies involving American citizens in the Matamoros consular district, please call or visit the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Consulate General on Avenida Primera 2002, Col. Jardin, Matamoros, Tamaulipas; telephone (011)(52)(868) 812-4402.  http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/.