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

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

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

"According to Government of Mexico statistics, the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016", the warning for Quintana Roo states.

"Mexico is by far the most popular sun destination among our clients but, of course, if someone is feeling uncomfortable travelling anywhere, we can always find them somewhere else to go", Wallace said.

The embassy announced a similar advisory that restricted government employees from using ferry service between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island after officials discovered another explosive device on a different ferry on March 1.

It also required USA government officials cease traveling to the city "immdiately", according to the alert.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen in the state of in Quintana Roo will be "closed until further notice", the embassy said in a message posted to its official website.

Trump vows to 'counteract' any Russian Federation election meddling
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 , in Washington .

Specific details about the threat were not released, but the embassy advised USA citizens in Playa del Carmen to be aware of their surroundings and to exercise caution.

However, on Thursday, Mexican officials insisted that Playa del Carmen is safe despite the US security alert. A day earlier, a shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead. "Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant and monitor local media (including social media)".

A February 21 explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen injured 19 Mexicans and at least five USA citizens.

Mexican authorities say the ferry incidents are under investigation, while local media reported officials are looking at several possible motives, including the possibility that people linked to the ferry company could have bombed the boat to collect an insurance policy.

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.

Related Articles