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Canada issues travel warning for Playa del Carmen, Mexico after ferry explosion

Canada issues travel warning for Playa del Carmen, Mexico after ferry explosion

Citing a new security threat in Mexico's Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen, the U.S. government is prohibiting its employees from traveling there, marking another blow to the battered reputations of the country's most popular tourist hubs.

Playa del Carmen is located about 46 miles (76 km) south of Mexico's top beach destination, Cancun, part of a long strip of white sand beach-front resorts that attracts global tourists.

The warning is effective immediately and states that U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice.

The news comes after an explosion occurred February 21 on a ferry connecting Playa del Carmen with the town of Cozumel, which injured 26 people, the Associated Press reported.

The State Department has already advised travelers to avoid five states in Mexico due to crime. "We encourage travelers to be aware surroundings and exercise caution". "We do not know the reasons for the decision of the United States Government to issue this statement".

It was just two weeks ago an explosion rocked the ferry from Playa del Carmen, injuring 25 people, including two Americans.




Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

The state government also stressed the safety of the destination, noting that President Enrique Peña Nieto is scheduled to visit Playa del Carmen today for an ocean conservation conference, the Associated Press reported.

And last week, undetonated explosive devices were found on another boat owned by the same ferry company.

"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", Nauert said.

While these groups don't usually target tourists, the advisory says "armed clashes" between criminals and security forces can occur without warning and Canadians could be "caught in the crossfire". The State Department reports that there has been an increase in homicide rates over 2016, and that, while most of the homicides appeared to be targeted assassinations stemming from turf battles between rival criminal groups, those clashes have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by USA citizens.

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