USA issues security alert for Playa del Carmen

USA issues security alert for Playa del Carmen

USA issues security alert for Playa del Carmen

"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 spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement to ABC News, adding that the agency will provide "important updates when information becomes available".

The Embassy reports it has "received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico". All government employees have been prohibited from traveling to the town.

Last summer, vacationers were warned to be careful drinking alcohol in Mexico after a US traveler died at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking and other tourists said they had blacked out after drinking, USA Today reported.

A State Department official did not elaborate on what the threat was. "We urge all travelers to review our information on travel.state.gov before they travel". She assured the department would provide "important updates when information becomes available" but personnel must keep away "until further notice".

Emergency crews attend to the scene of an explosion at Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Feb. 21, 2018, in this still image obtained from social media video.

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"All tourism and economic activity in Playa del Carmen continues in a normal manner", the state government wrote in a statement, noting that hotel occupancy at the resort was 80 per cent.

The Embassy did not specify whether the threat is related to a recent explosion aboard a ferry boat, which links the tourist hotspot to the town of Cozumel. Mexican authorities are investigating the blast.

This popular tourist destination has been under heightened alert after two un-detonated explosive devices were found attached to a tourist ferry, Barcos Caribe II, by Mexican law enforcement in Cozumel on March 1.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City posted the notice on its website Wednesday.

While the US alert does not explicitly discourage citizens from traveling to Playa del Carmen, it does tell people to buy travel insurance that specifically covers Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance. "Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance". The move came after a USA traveler died in a pool at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking. The State Department's alert system puts it at a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution".

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