Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Canada advise travelers to avoid Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferries

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The government of Canada sent a security advisory for their fellow citizens who plan to spend their vacations in the Mexican Caribbean.

In a statement, it recommends avoiding, until further notice, the use of tourist boats that follow the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route.

The Canadian authority divides the risk levels of its warnings in four categories, the one issued for Playa del Carmen-Cozumel, indicates to exercise “a high degree of caution” and points out that “there are identifiable security problems or the security situation could change with little notice. You must have a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. “This type of warning does not imply that the safety of Canadians traveling or living in the country or region can be also in high risk”.

Under the legend “Security and Protection – tourist ferries in Playa del Carmen”, the notice refers to what happened on February 21, with a vessel that belongs to the “Barcos Caribe” shipping company and describes it as follows:

“(…) an explosive device was detonated on a popular tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. The explosion injured more than 20 people, including tourists” the statement said.

The Canadian government adds what happened on March 1, with the “Caribe II”, another of the boats of the same company, which was anchored 300 or 500 meters off the coast of Cozumel.

“(…) local authorities found another explosive device on a ferry that also operated from Playa del Carmen,” it said.

In addition, it is mentioned that some cruise lines have already canceled excursions that use tourist ferry services on the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route and, due to the foregoing, recommend to their citizens to avoid the use of these vessels and to remain attentive.

In another section, in which the issue of organized crime is mentioned, it warns that, “although it does not focus on tourists, violence related to organized crime increased throughout the country, in 2017, even in the states of Quintana Roo (Cancun and Playa del Carmen) and Baja California Sur (Los Cabos) “.

Source: eluniversal.com.mx

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