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Mexico Playa del Carmen travel advisory unrelated to ferries

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The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is prohibiting U.S. government employees from traveling to popular resort town Playa del Carmen.

"We do not know why the USA government made a decision to emit this alert", the state government said. The alert system has put out a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution" alert.

The alert included an indefinite ban on travel to Playa del Carmen by USA government employees.

Friday the state department said they've re-evaluated the situation and decided alerts were no longer needed for all of Playa del Carmen, outside the specific neighborhoods mentioned above.

But it was not clear if that was in any way related to the security alert issued Wednesday by the Embassy.

Resort areas in Riviera Maya, including those near Playa del Carmen, outside of the restricted neighborhoods are allowed for travel, according to the alert.

The State Department is warning of a security threat but is not elaborating on what kind of threat it is. He also said that important updates would be provided once more information becomes available.

An explosive device was found on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen last week.

"In Mexico alone, we've issued a number of recent security alerts as soon as we received information that travelers should know".

USA officials have been in touch with Mexican law enforcement officials who are leading the investigation, Nauert said at a news briefing Thursday.

A February 21 explosion on a ferry that runs between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel injured 19 Mexicans and at least five US citizens.

Both incidents are still under investigation with no apparent motive released to the public yet.

And while US citizens aren't explicitly forbidden to visit Playa del Carmen, if the consulate and embassy services are unavailable in a place you're planning to be, it's generally a good idea to head somewhere else. Why?

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

The State Department has already advised travelers to avoid five states in Mexico due to crime.

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