USA travel warning on popular Mexico resort town due to security threat

US State Department Issues Travel Alert To Playa Del Carmen

The State Department warned U.S. citizens against travel to Mexico's Playa del Carmen late Wednesday, a week after an explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in the area.

Originally the state department wanted people to think twice about going to Playa del Carmen, especially with spring break coming up. One week later, an "apparent explosive device" was found on a Barcos Caribe ferry in Cozumel, Mexico, according to the Playa del Carmen state prosecutor. Last week, another ferry was found to have undetonated explosives on board. The U.S. Consular Agency in the city will also be closed until further notice, according to the embassy.

Well... That sounds intimidating.

The state department is asking people traveling from America to avoid using those ferries and is prohibiting USA government personnel from using those ferry services.

In an emergency message posted to the embassy's website, the agency said it had received "information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen", and that it is barring government employees from traveling to the resort town.

And while USA citizens aren't explicitly forbidden to visit Playa del Carmen, if the consulate and embassy services are unavailable in a place you're planning to be, it's generally a good idea to head somewhere else. Why? In this case, the nearest embassy services would be 175 miles away, in Mérida. Nevertheless, the State Department has not explicitly discouraged Americans from traveling to the region. These states are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

What's Mexico saying about all this? "We do not know why the USA government made a decision to emit this alert", officials said, according to the Associated Press.

Friday the state department said they've re-evaluated the situation and decided alerts were no longer needed for all of Playa del Carmen, outside the specific neighborhoods mentioned above. The Mexican Tourism Board told "CBS This Morning" that the us security alert implies "safety issues without any basis in fact". Likewise, American tourists are being told to avoid travel to the area with a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution" alert.

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