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US Embassy travel alert for Playa del Carmen lifted effective immediately

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The United States Embassy in Mexico City has lifted its travel alert against government employees now allowing free travel and ferry use. The move comes after new security procedures were put into place by local authorities.

The government of Mexico, both state and federal, have implemented several new security procedures including more cameras, the presence of officers and the implementation of an ISPS international security code protocol system within six months.

With the new security measures, the US Embassy in Mexico City has announced the lift of the travel alert, but does still remind American citizens traveling to the area to do so with caution, noting the increase in crime over the past year.

According to the US Embassy in Mexico City:

As a result of recent incidents in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Mexican municipal, state, and federal entities have put into place new security procedures in tourist areas.

Effective immediately, U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to all parts of Playa del Carmen.

Effective immediately, U.S. government personnel are permitted to use ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

As noted in our Mexico Travel Advisory for the state of Quintana Roo, U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution due to crime. According to Government of Mexico statistics, the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016.

While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents injuring or killing bystanders have occurred.

An Internal Affairs investigation into the February 21 Barcos Caribe ferry incident, in which the American FBI from Merida participated, also concluded that the explosion was not related to a terrorist cell or organized crime.