The US embassy in Mexico City issued a safety alert, prohibiting all US Government employees from using all tourist ferries on the route Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, until further notice, due to two subsequent incidents involving explosive devices onboard.
More specifically, on 1 March 2018, the embassy informed that undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates this route.
Less than two weeks earlier, on 21 February, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen, during passengers’ disembarkation, resulting in approximately 26 injuries.
Both ferries are owned and operated by the same company, and local media report the Mexican government has suspended its operations on the aftermath of these incidents.
- Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
- Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
- Contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.
Mexican and US law enforcement continue to investigate the incidents.
The video herebelow depicts the explosion of 21 February: