Published: Mon, March 12, 2018

State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

The previous restriction prohibited US government employees from traveling to the resort areas in the Riviera Maya, including hotels, shops, restaurants and bars near Playa del Carmen.

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

Government employees are still prohibited from using ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

The overall State Department travel warning for non-government American citizens did not change. "We take our obligation to provide information to U.S. citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide".

"If you look at the state department map right now, that part of Mexico has got the same "be careful" warning that most of Europe has, that China has, that all kinds of places that we often travel to have", says Milne. The threats prompted the temporary closure of the consular agency at Playa del Carmen; the office is set to reopen with additional security Monday. "We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution", Nauert said Wednesday night.

A member of the Mexican Army stands guard near a ferry, where un-detonated explosives were found, in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, March 1, 2018.

Officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the alert was not related to the explosion, which left 19 Mexicans and at least five Americans injured.

US citizens should avoid those neighborhoods in Playa del Carmen listed above until further notice. The first explosion took place as passengers disembarked the ferry, according to the municipality of Solidaridad, which includes Playa del Carmen.

Both incidents are still under investigation with no apparent motive released to the public yet.

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