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

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

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

Playa del Carmen is considered a security threat to USA citizens, with US officials issuing a travel alert after undetonated explosive devices were found on a ferry that operates between the Mexican resort town and Cozumel a week after a ferry explosion in late February.

The U.S. has closed its consular agency in a popular Mexican tourist spot and is barring its employees from traveling there over a "security threat".

A similar advisory has been issued by the United States for citizens from that country, which has banned all government employees from going to Playa del Carmen until further notice.

Playa del Carmen is near Mexico's most popular tourist destinations, including Cancun and Cozumel. The US State Department has previously advised travelers to avoid five Mexican states due to soaring crime Mexico's long-running battle against drug cartels has in recent years bled into its iconic tourist destinations, including the once-glamorous Pacific beach resort of Acapulco and most recently Los Cabos on the southern tip of Baja California, both of which have seen murder rates jump sharply.

"All tourism activity in Playa del Carmen continues in a normal manner", the state government said in a statement, noting hotel occupancy is around 80%.

According to the embassy's website, travelers should be "aware of their surroundings" and "exercise caution". A day earlier, a shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

Asked about the new alert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told ABC News that "we take our obligation to provide information to U.S. citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide". Travelers should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if they need assistance. Local authorities found a second, undetonated device on another ferry on March 1.

"We do not know the reason for the decision of the USA government to issue this statement", the office said, adding that it is ready to cooperate with the U.S.to ensure the safety of USA tourists.

Last summer, the department also cautioned vacationers to be careful when drinking alcohol in Mexico.

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