U.S. issues travel alert for Playa del Carmen

Mar 09, 2018, 09:01
U.S. issues travel alert for Playa del Carmen

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. "We do not know the reasons for the decision of the United States Government to issue this statement".

The Canadian government has added Mexico's most popular tourist destination to its list of travel advisories for the country.

Samardzija said he went back to Playa del Carmen in January and he has "never felt unsafe" in the tourist destination.

As the Canadian government notes, violence as a result of organized crime had increased in 2017, including the areas in and around Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos.

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Last week, undetonated explosives were discovered on another ferry that, like the first one, shuttled tourists between Playa del Carmen and nearby Cozumel island.

The U.S. government has offered no details regarding the nature of the perceived security threat, either publicly or to the state government. A day earlier, a shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

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 warning is effective immediately and states that U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice.

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According to the advisory, Canadians are advised to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting all parts of Mexico "due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks".

"Remain vigilant, stay in tourist areas and follow local media closely", the advisory reads. The discovery occurred after an alleged cartel bomb blast ripped through the ferry, Barcos Caribe, on February 21, leaving 24 injured-including seven U.S.

Last week four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and shot to death a drug gang suspect and his wife.

Both federal and state officials continue to investigate the incidents.

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