Cancun, Q.R. – The UK has launched a travel warning for its citizens, issuing a Mexico travel alert that includes Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
While focusing mainly on larger centers such as Mexico City, the travel alert comes after several Quintana Roo state incidences including the January shooting at the Blue Parrot.
“It is only natural for the United Kingdom to issue an alert to its compatriots traveling to Cancun and Playa del Carmen due to the violence and shootings there,” said secretary of Economic Development of Quintana Roo, Rosa Elena Rosado Vázquez.
On 21 April, the British government issued a safety alert for UK travelers to Mexico mentioning the Playa del Carmen Blue Parrot shootings on January 16 as well as the attack on the Office of the Prosecutor in Cancun on January 17th.
The travel warning also notes the two shootings in downtown Cancun, on March 14 stating, “There is a growing police presence in the area including the hotel zone where the situation is stable.”
Rosado Vázquez pointed out that tourism to the area has not been affected by the alerts, saying that equipment and training for the security sector is essential in the fight against violence.
While primary tourist areas of the state of Quintana Roo were mentioned in the UK travel warning, the main focus was placed on Mexico City and the state of Guerrero, where the capital city of Acapulco continues to experience high levels of violent crime.
“There have been several instances of armed crime both within and outside tourist areas in Acapulco. If possible, travel by air if you’re visiting a major tourist destination in Guerrero. Due to an increase in violent crime in recent months, you should be extra vigilant in Acapulco and surrounding areas,” the UK warning stated.
In January of this year, Canada also issued a travel alert, advising Canadian citizens to travel Mexico with care.