Playa del Carmen: Mexico Travel Alert Issued By US

Playa del Carmen: Mexico Travel Alert Issued By US

The Embassy reports it has "received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico".

Playa del Carmen is located about 46 miles (76 km) south of Mexico's top beach destination, Cancun, part of a long strip of white sand beach-front resorts that attracts worldwide tourists.

"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 spokeswoman Heather Nauert told ABC News when asked about the new alert in Playa del Carmen.

The alert does, however, follow a previous alert for Playa del Carmen issued March 1 over February's explosion onboard a Barcos Caribe ferry.

The State Department issued a "Level 2: Exercise increased caution" alert status for Mexico earlier this year, and now advises US travellers to avoid five states in Mexico: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

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However, on Thursday, Mexican officials insisted that Playa del Carmen is safe despite the USA security alert.

The government of the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo said that President Enrique Pena Nieto was scheduled to attend an ocean conservation conference in Playa del Carmen on Thursday.

The warning came after the US embassy in Mexico issued its own alert advising Americans of a potential security threat in the country's popular tourist destination area. "Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance". "The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice". More explosives, which didn't detonate, were found on another boat owned by the same ferry company last week. The State Department's alert system puts it at a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution".

"In Mexico alone, we've issued a number of recent security alerts as soon as we received information that travelers should know", the statement read.

The Canadian government has added Mexico's most popular tourist destination to its list of travel advisories for the country. It warns that some areas are experiencing violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

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