Why Did US Issue Travel Warning For Playa Del Carmen, Mexico?

Mar 10, 2018, 01:13
Why Did US Issue Travel Warning For Playa Del Carmen, Mexico?

The United States has closed its consular agency in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, and ordered government employees not to travel to the popular tourist destination due to a security threat.

"The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico", said the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in a statement. It did not specify what the threat was.

An explosion, apparently caused by a mechanical failure, on a ferry that runs between the touristic Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel, in the Mexican Caribbean, left three Canadians and 15 Mexicans injured on Wednesday, local authorities reported.

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The security alert coincides with the 2018 World Ocean Summit, which is taking place in Playa del Carmen from Wednesday through Friday, though it's unclear whether the two are linked. According to a statement issued by the Embassy at that time, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on March 1 on another ferry operated by the same company.

"U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states", the advisory said.

The security alert advises travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in the popular tourist spot, avoid tourist ferries and to be vigilant. "While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens". Because of this alert, USA government employees can not travel between cities after dark in much of the country.

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"US citizens must have as much information as possible to make informed travel decisions", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday. Alcapulco is located in Guerrero.

Conner is one of "numerous" people who also say they were the victim of "sickness, blackouts and injuries" because of bad alcohol served at resorts in Mexico, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It said the USA consular agency there "will be closed until further notice".

Some tourist destinations have no warnings against them, including Mexico City, Cancun, and Los Cabos.

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