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United States issues travel warning for Mexican resort town Playa del Carmen

09 March 2018, 08:58 | Simon Arnold

US Close Consulate in Mexico Citing a 'Security Threat'

Playa del Carmen: Mexico Travel Alert Issued By US

With the consular agency in Playa del Carmen closed, the nearest consulate would be in Merida in the state of Yucatan, about 175 miles to the west.

The travel advisory was issued Thursday, one day after the United States issued a warning to citizens about a possible security threat in the coastal resort town.

The Quintana Roo Government issued a statement after the advisory was put in place saying that tourists will continue to be welcome.

Tourist areas without warnings included Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos, USA Today reported.


This popular tourist destination has been under heightened alert after two un-detonated explosive devices were found attached to a tourist ferry, Barcos Caribe II, by Mexican law enforcement in Cozumel on March 1.

Shortly afterward, the U.S. Embassy said its employees were banned from using all tourist ferries on that route until further notice.

Still, Americans were not told to avoid travel to Playa del Carmen.

The warning is effective immediately and states that U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice. "Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred".


Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets has been telling her clients to be more aware of their surroundings when heading to that popular destination. Both incidents are under investigation.

Last week, four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and killed a suspected drug gang member and his wife and, in 2017, four people were killed when a gunman attacked the state prosecutors' office in Cancun.

The Canadian travel advisory for Playa del Carmen follows an alert from the US embassy in Mexico advising Americans of a potential security threat for the area, located on the east coast about 90 minutes south of Cancun.

The ferry explosion last month in Playa del Carmen injured 19 Mexicans and at least five USA citizens.


The regional head of in Quintana Roo-the state Playa del Carmen is part of-played down the security risks, issuing a statement that stressed local officials do not know why the US has barred staffers from coming and underlined that the area is still well attended by tourists.



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