What the State Department's Playa del Carmen Security Alert Really Means

  • What the State Department's Playa del Carmen Security Alert Really Means

What the State Department's Playa del Carmen Security Alert Really Means

The state department didn't specifically say what this threat was about but did say it's separate from last month's explosion on a tourist ferry that runs between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

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.

But it did say that "we do not have information relating the ferry explosion to the security threat in Playa del Carmen".

The State Department warned USA 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.

Resort areas in Riviera Maya, including those near Playa del Carmen, outside of the restricted neighborhoods are allowed for travel, according to the alert.

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.

The alert, issued Wednesday night, says US government employees have to cease traveling to the town "immediately" and "until further notice".

On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexico law enforcement on another tourist ferry.

After that, the U.S. Embassy barred employees from taking the ferries to Cozumel, one of the world's busiest cruise ship ports of call.

Both incidents are still under investigation with no apparent motive released to the public yet. "So the takeaway for american citizens should be that you need to consider that information before making your own decision to travel to that area".

"We do not know why the USA government chose to emit this alert", the state government said.

Not necessarily. Mexico's threat level hasn't changed-the country as a whole is at a level two advisory, meaning "exercise increased caution", but five states within the country are at level four, the highest on the scale, with the recommendation being "do not travel".

They are asking people to check travel.state.gov before heading out of the country.

Last summer, the department also cautioned vacationers to be careful when drinking alcohol in Mexico.