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Travel warning issued for Americans in Mexico

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Faye Gross | 11 March, 2018, 01:03

The flag of Mexico changes in front of a large USA flag in front of the New York Stock Exchange September 4, 2015.

He also says that threats are nothing new, and haven't prevented people from traveling to other countries with warnings in the past.

The United States embassy in Mexico City has closed its consular agency in Playa del Carmen and is barring employees from traveling there, following a ferry explosion back in February that injured 25 people including two Americans. The State Department provided few details on what the threat was - saying only that one was received by the embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday.

The state department says people from the USA should avoid those neighborhoods until further notice.

"If you look at the state department map right now, that part of Mexico has got the same "be careful" warning that most of Europe has, that China has, that all kinds of places that we often travel to have", says Milne. Likewise, American tourists are being told to avoid travel to the area with a "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution" alert. Right now, her own son is in Playa del Carmen.

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Recent violence, like an explosion of a tourist ferry last month, has government officials warning Americans to stay out of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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

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? That incident came about a week after an explosive device detonated on another ferry, injuring several passengers. 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".

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