State Department downgrades travel warning to Caribbean resort town


The State Department has narrowed a warning against traveling to the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in the wake of an unspecified security threat. 

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on Friday issued a travel advisory urging visitors to the town to exercise increased caution. The advisory also blocked U.S. government personnel from traveling to five neighborhoods in the town.

Those neighborhoods are Centro, Calica, Gonzalo Guerrero, Quintas del Carmen and Villas del Carmen. Government personnel is also prohibited from using ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, according to the advisory.

USA Today reported that the State Department issued an initial travel warning on March 7 banning all U.S. government employees from traveling to the resort town, which is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

The warning followed an unspecified security threat, which was not related to the bombing late last month of a ferry operating between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. 

“We continually evaluate information to mitigate risk for U.S. citizens,” a State Department spokesman told the USA Today. “We have assessed that the concern prompting the March 7 Alert no longer warrants an alert with respect to all of Playa del Carmen.”


USA News


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