U.S. Department of State Cancels the Travel Restrictions for Playa del Carmen

Source: Q-Roo Paul

Great news for the tourist industry in the Riviera Maya. The U.S. Department of State cancelled their travel advisory and restrictions for Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The previous advisory had prohibited U.S. government personnel from using the ferries and going to specified areas of the city.

The travel advisory on the Department of State’s website now reads:

“There are no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in Quintana Roo state, which includes tourist areas such as: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.” 

In Case You Missed It

There were actually two parts to the original advisory and the Department of State reported that they were not related. Here’s a quick breakdown for those of you who are just tuning in:

The warning related to the ferries was prompted by an explosion on a ferry owned by Barcos Caribe and the subsequent discovery of an additional explosive device placed on another vessel belonging to the same company.

Security at the ferries has been substantially increased (I’ll be doing a future post on this topic) and the investigation into the incident has ruled out terrorism or the involvement of organized crime.

If you want to read more about the ferry investigation, check out A Former Cop’s Perspective on the Ferry Explosion in Playa del Carmen.

The second travel advisory was very vague and cited an “unspecified security threat.” The cryptic warning was accompanied by the temporary closing of the U.S. consular agency in Playa del Carmen.

Even though there is no longer a threat, the U.S. still hasn’t shared any additional information with the public.

Personally, I found it interesting that the timing of the warning and the closing of the U.S. consular agency coincided with a visit to Playa del Carmen by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The Monday following his visit, the consular agency was reopened.

I’m not claiming that the security threat involved the president’s visit, I’m just saying that the timing of the whole thing was “interesting”.

Let’s Wrap This Up

In light of the former advisory, many of the cruise lines that visit Cozumel have advised their passengers not to take the ferries to the mainland. This has definitely had a negative impact on businesses that rely on the daily influx of thousands of cruise passengers to make a living. Now that the U.S. has cancelled their advisory, I hope that the cruise ship companies will soon follow suit.

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Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

8 Comments on "U.S. Department of State Cancels the Travel Restrictions for Playa del Carmen"

  1. Typical move by USA mafia.

  2. Interesting indeed. So glad you are there to keep us in the states informed.

  3. Thanks so much for the update. Just got back to SC in the states after 2 months on Playa. I have always felt safe and take precautions, like not being at Coco Bongo at 3 in the morning!
    Coming back next year, same time same condo building. Hope the seaweed is gone by then! What a mess.

  4. They read your previous post and probably found the truth. Good job!

  5. It’s all political Bullshit , Mexico is safer than most US Cities … live , love , & enjoy life abroad ✌

  6. So glad that I got The chance to meet you Saturday

  7. Yves Labelle | March 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm |

    Hi Paul
    I have a quick question, we are planning a 2 weeks vacation in Los Cabos this summer and we want to do some prospections to find a place to retire in 18 months. we are going to rent a car at the airport, after reading I find that the insurrance is quite expensive and because I’m coming from Canada my personnal insurrance doesn’t cover mexico.
    what would you recommand to me, pay the insurrance from the rental car or find and insurrance from a local group.


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