Travel alert issued for popular Mexico tourist spot near Cozumel

Travel alert issued for popular Mexico tourist spot near Cozumel

The embassy is barring USA government employees from travelling to Playa del Carmen, in the state of in Quintana Roo. The U.S. Consular Agency in the popular resort town will also be "closed until further notice", the embassy reported in an 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 it alert. One week later, at least one explosive device was found on another ferry.

Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

'We take our obligation to provide information to USA citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide, ' State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement to ABC News. Less than two weeks later, undetonated explosives were found on a second ferry on the same route between Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel.

The U.S. government has offered no details regarding the nature of the perceived security threat, either publicly or to the state government.

It should be noted that the State Department is not telling American tourists to stay away from Playa del Carmen, it's just prohibiting its own employees from traveling there or taking ferries to and from Cozumel.

Three Canadians were among those injured when the explosion ripped through the ferry as it unloaded passengers on February 21.

Earlier in the week, several cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney, canceled all shore excursions involving ferries between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. Both incidents are still under investigation.

Responding to the alert, the local governor's office said US visitors remain welcome in the state of Quintana Roo and Mexico as a whole.

US government employees are not allowed to travel between cities after dark in many parts of Mexico.

Playa del Carmen and other tourist regions have seen a surge in violence in recent months.

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



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