The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has closed the U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen due to a “security threat” and officials have been told to “keep away” from the popular Mexican tourist hotspot.
#Mexico Security Alert: On March 7, the US Embassy received information about a security threat in #PlayadelCarmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Effective immediately, US Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice. https://t.co/dVTaPBKWDi pic.twitter.com/e2ahEfj3Zs
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) March 8, 2018
The announcement comes just weeks after there was a non-fatal explosion aboard a ferry linking Playa del Carmen with the island resort of Cozumel. The explosion injured 25 people, including two Americans and three Canadians. A second explosive device was found on another ferry the following week. Both incidents are under investigation.
Information for U.S. citizens in #Mexico: On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate. Follow @TravelGov & @USEmbassyMEX. https://t.co/CN7obJDpol
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 2, 2018
A statement from the U.S Embassy in Mexico did not specifically state what the threat is, only relaying they had “received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.”
“Effective immediately, U.S. government employees are prohibited from traveling to Punta del Carmen until further notice. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice,” a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico read.