Travel Warning for Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Issued by State Department


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A travel warning has been issued for Playa Del Carmen in Mexico by the State Department, as we head into the Spring Break season. This warning has been sparked after finding an explosive device on a tourist ferry in the area.

The beach town is home to several beachfront resorts including the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, which we visited last year.

The Washington Post describes:

The advisories come about two weeks after an explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen injured 26 people, including at least five U.S. citizens. Mexican authorities are investigating the blast.

Last week, undetonated explosives were discovered on another ferry that, like the first one, shuttled tourists between Playa del Carmen and nearby Cozumel island. Shortly afterward, the U.S. Embassy said its employees were banned from using all tourist ferries on that route until further notice.

Per the State Department,

On March 7, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Effective immediately, U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
  • Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

Hat Tip: Michael W Travels

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