U.S. issues travel warning for Mexican resort town

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Last summer when a USA traveler died in a resort-pool in Playa Del Carmen the feds warned tourists to be careful drinking the alcohol there.

A "security alert" is a short-term warning-the equivalent, in many ways, of what a travel alert would have been in the State Department's old system.

The alert included an indefinite ban on travel to Playa del Carmen by US government employees.

The embassy did not specify the threat or say if it was related to the February 21 blast or the subsequent discovery of apparent explosives attached to another vessel. A State Department official is quoted as saying the alert's primary goal is to warn, "of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends and weather events", according to the Washington Post. "We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution", Nauert said Wednesday night.

That threatened to complicate matters for one of Mexico's key tourism sites, since the ferry threats had at least already been known and, according to Mexican officials, were related to "business issues" with the ferry company.

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Following the explosion, Mexican authorities found undetonated explosive devices aboard a different ferry on March 1. In relation to this incident, US employees were initially barred from taking ferries between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel Island.

State prosecutors say the ferry incidents are under investigation.

The alert stopped short of prohibiting all US travelers from traveling to the resort town. "We recommend USA citizens planning travel to the area consider this information before making travel decisions". Likewise, American tourists are being told to avoid travel to the area with a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution" alert.

USA government employees are not allowed to travel between cities after dark in many parts of Mexico. Nevertheless, the State Department has not explicitly discouraged Americans from traveling to the region. They are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. Other tourists reported blacking out after drinking at resorts in Mexico.

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