Canada issues travel alert over security concern in Mexico

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Responding to the alert, the local governor's office said US visitors remain welcome in the state of Quintana Roo and Mexico as a whole.

The alert does, however, follow a previous alert for Playa del Carmen issued March 1 over February's explosion onboard a Barcos Caribe ferry.

Mexican officials said late Wednesday that the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen is safe, despite a US security alert.

LISTEN: Rob Breakenridge chats with travel expert Clair Newell about travel advisories, and whether travellers should be changing their plans. Playa del Carmen's beaches and resorts have typically been a huge attraction for spring break travelers from the United States. The AP also reported that undetonated explosive devices were found last week on another vessel owned by the same ferry company.

The Canadian government has issued a new travel warning for a tourist hot spot in Mexico over a potential security threat.

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According to the advisory, Canadians are advised to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting all parts of Mexico "due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks".

He said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time when the shooting occurred, and those kinds of incidents "could really happen anywhere in the world".

The alert, issued Wednesday night, says US government employees have to cease traveling to the town "immediately" and "until further notice". "Avoid tourist ferries travelling in the region until further notice, be vigilant and monitor local media (including social media)".

Last week, four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and killed a suspected drug gang member and his wife and, in 2017, four people were killed when a gunman attacked the state prosecutors' office in Cancun.

While the state department, members of Congress - both Republican and Democrat - as well as travel websites and Mexican authorities vow they are making changes and doing what they can to ensure the safety of travelers, their slow, bureaucratic efforts have yet to prevent the harms, the Journal Sentinel found.



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