United States of America issues travel warning for Playa Del Carmen

United States of America issues travel warning for Playa Del Carmen

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.

Playa del Carmen is located about 46 miles (76 km) south of Mexico's top beach destination, Cancun, part of a long strip of white sand beach-front resorts that attracts worldwide tourists.

USA government employees are now not allowed to travel to the area until further notice and some cruise lines have cancelled excursions that involve ferries in the area.

The State Department has already advised travelers to avoid five states in Mexico due to crime.

"All tourism and economic activity in Playa del Carmen continues in a normal manner", the state government wrote in a statement, noting that hotel occupancy at the resort was 80 per cent.

"Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution", the alert states.

The government of the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo said that President Enrique Pena Nieto was scheduled to attend an ocean conservation conference in Playa del Carmen on Thursday.

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On March 1, an further explosive device was found on a different ferry, following the first explosion in February.

The U.S. Embassy issued a travel warning for a resort in Mexico following a ferry explosion.

There were 25 people injured in the explosion, the director of Civil Protection for Playa del Carmen told ABC News. Travelers should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if they need assistance. An alert posted last week barred employees from taking ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island.

Earlier this year, the State Department rolled out a new tiered travel advisory system to warn us citizens of potential dangers while traveling overseas. Previously, the department had used "travel alerts" for short-term dangers and "travel warnings" for long-term concerns, a distinction that was often confusing.

"In Mexico alone, we've issued a number of recent security alerts as soon as we received information that travelers should know", the statement read.

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

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