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Mexico US embassy warns against travel to Playa del Carmen

Barcos Caribe Playa del CarmenThe US embassy in Mexico issued an update last week advising against all travel to Playa del Carmen. The travel warning first issued on Wednesday advised against all travel to the popular holiday resort and banned all US government employees from visiting.

The advisory was updated on Friday. It now says only five neighbourhoods are off limits. These are located between two streets, 50 Avenida Sur and Calle 34 Norte, in the centre of town. This part of Playa del Carmen is the location of numerous hotels, pubs, clubs, eateries and shops.

The travel warning says US citizens are not prohibited from visiting other areas of Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya and the all-inclusive holiday resorts along this coastline. US citizens have also been advised against travelling to Cozumel Island by ferry and State Department personnel banned from them for the time being.

The US embassy travel alerts did not specify an exact reason for the ban on Playa del Carmen visits, but did say a security and safety threat was ongoing. An explosion on a Barcos Caribe operated Playa del Carmen to Cozumel ferry injured 26 travellers on the 21 February. Several of these were from the US.

Security personnel said they found another explosive device affixed to another Barcos Caribe ship afterwards. In mid-January, a lone gunman killed four people at an electro-music fest being staged at Playa del Carmen’s Blue Parrot Nightclub. Another person in the club was crushed and several more people injured during the attack.

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