U.S. travel warning on popular Mexico resort town due to security threat

The flag of Mexico changes in front of a large U.S. flag in front of the New York Stock Exchange September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The United States Embassy in Mexico has issued a travel warning for a Mexican resort town, barring employees from travelling there following a security threat alert.

The travel warning was given for Playa Del Carmen, a popular tourist destination located in the state of Quintana Roo. The U.S. Consular Agency in the city will also be closed until further notice, according to the embassy.

In the alert post that it published on its website, the embassy said it received information about a security threat in the city on Wednesday. The alert system has put out a “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution” alert. However, the embassy did not provide any further details about the security threat.

“We take our obligation to provide information to U.S. citizens seriously as evidenced by the clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information we release worldwide,” said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement. He also said that important updates would be provided once more information becomes available.

“In Mexico alone, we’ve issued a number of recent security alerts as soon as we received information that travelers should know,” Nauert added. “We encourage travelers to be aware of surroundings and exercise caution.”

Last month, a bomb explosion occurred in a ferry in Playa Del Carmen, injuring 26 people. The explosion took place while passengers were disembarking the ferry. In relation to this incident, U.S. employees were initially barred from taking ferries between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel Island.

Following the explosion, Mexican authorities found undetonated explosive devices aboard a different ferry on March 1. Both incidents are still under investigation.

“Police forces are working day and night to maintain the calmness of the residents and visitors of Quintana Roo,’ said state governor Carlos Joaquín in a statement.

Aside from Playa Del Carmen, the U.S. State Department has warned travelers to avoid five Mexican states due to crime. These states are Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.