State Department Cautions Travelers Visiting Playa Del Carmen

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico took the decision to close services in coastal resort town Playa del Carmen on Wednesday night, issuing a statement on the alert that did not specifically state what the threat was.

The advisory said the U.S. Embassy in Mexico has already advised Americans that its consulate in Playa del Carmen has been closed until further notice.

After the government of the United States prohibited its officials from traveling to Playa del Carmen, the government of Quintana Roo indicated that economic and tourism activities take place in the normal manner throughout the entity.

According to the Canadian government, on February 21, an explosive device detonated on a popular tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

The State Department issued a "Level 2: Exercise increased caution" alert status for Mexico earlier this year, and now advises US travellers to avoid five states in Mexico: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

However, on Thursday, Mexican officials insisted that Playa del Carmen is safe despite the US security alert. 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.

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According to Mexican authorities, the ferry incidents are under investigation.

Shortly afterward, the U.S. Embassy said its employees were banned from using all tourist ferries on that route until further notice.

USA citizens are warned not to travel to five Mexican states including Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. The move came after a US traveler died in a pool at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking.

The State Department's travel advisory for Mexico remains at Level 2, which comes with a note to "exercise increased caution". It warns that some areas are experiencing violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

Tourist areas without warnings included Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos, USA Today reported.

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