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Canada issues travel alert over security concern in Mexico

10 March, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Playa del Carmen: Mexico Travel Alert Issued By US

"We do not know the reason for the decision of the USA government to issue this statement", the office said, adding that it is ready to cooperate with the U.S.to ensure the safety of USA tourists.

"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.

Playa del Carmen is the closest resort town to the island of Cozumel and about 40 miles southwest of Cancun.

Playa del Carmen, in the Riveria Maya just south of Cancun, and other tourist regions have seen a sharp uptick in violence in recent months.

Emergency crews attend to victims of the explosion in Playa del Carmen on February 21. Another explosive device was found on a ferry last week, but did not detonate.

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"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".

With the consular agency in Playa del Carmen closed, the nearest consulate would be in Merida in the state of Yucatan, about 175 miles to the west.

US citizens are warned not to travel to five Mexican states including Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. Now, travel advisories range from Level 1 ("exercise normal precautions") to Level 4 ("do not travel").

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the World Ocean Summit in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on March 8, 2018, a day after the U.S embassy issued a security alert.

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". It warns that some areas are experiencing violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

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