Date: March 16, 2018
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Event: 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.
Actions to Take:
- Be aware of your surroundings and exercise increased caution due to crime as noted in our Mexico Travel Advisory.
- Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
- Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Mexico Country Information
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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