EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Due to the ongoing violence that is currently happening in Mexico, the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging people to avoid traveling to the country during spring break.

DPS adds they understand people’s travel plans but says the risks should not be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to research any planned vacation trips and to also consider canceling or postponing any planned trips to Mexico at this time.

The U.S. government has also issued recent travel warnings regarding Mexico. People are encouraged to view the latest warnings online by clicking here: Mexico Travel Advisory (state.gov). Individuals who choose to follow through with traveling to Mexico are advised to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to their departure.

If you’re looking to register, you can click here: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (state.gov).

“Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now. We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats. Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there; we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.