USA issues travel alert for Playa del Carmen

Laura Christensen
March 9, 2018

Citing a "security threat", the U.S. Department of State has closed a consulate in the Mexican tourist town of Playa del Carmen, and barred employees from traveling there.

A "security threat" has closed the USA consular agency by a major tourist hotspot in Mexico and officials have been told to keep away "effective immediately", following a recent explosion aboard a ferry nearby.

A similar advisory has been issued by the United States for citizens from that country, which has banned all government employees from going to Playa del Carmen until further notice.

The move comes after the February 21 explosion on the ferry that links Playa del Carmen with the town of Cozumel.

The U.S. State Department says they are continuing to investigate with local authorities after discovering the undetonated explosive on March 1.

"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. The incident injured 25 people, including two Americans.

Candles and condolence messages are seen outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen Mexico
US Embassy Issues Additional Security Alert for Playa del Carmen

Asked about the new alert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told ABC News that "we take our obligation to provide information to U.S. citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide".

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

Another explosive device was found on a ferry last week, but did not detonate.

"Some cruise lines have cancelled excursions using ferry services in Playa del Carmen", the travel alert ads, "Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant and monitor local media (including social media)".

"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", Nauert said.

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