Warden Message to Inform U.S. Citizens about the Potential Dangers of
Inter-City Bus Travel in Tamaulipas.
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 7th , 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
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
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
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.
"There is no route out of the maze. The maze shifts as you move through it because it is alive. "
— Philip K. Dick (VALIS)