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Germany and the Netherlands issue alert not to leave hotels in Tulum and Playa del Carmen due to violence

- October 22, 2021

The alert is in addition to warnings issued by the United States, Canada.

The German Government issued an alert to its citizens visiting Tulum and Playa del Carmen, even not leaving their hotels, due to all the incidents and attacks that have happened in clubs, restaurants, attended by tourists.

After the violent events that occurred last night at the “La Malquerida” tequila and mezcalería, this alert was issued, because one of the two victims of foreign origin who lost their lives was a German national; the other was originally from India.

The German government asked its compatriots and that they intend to travel to these destinations, not to leave their hotels, and in the case of requiring a transfer to use only the transport sites authorized or recommended by the accommodation centers.

This Friday, October 22, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel warning to the Mexican Caribbean, due to the recent criminal acts that occurred in Tulum, Quintana Roo, one of which claimed the lives of two tourists and three more they were injured.

This travel warning for insecurity is in addition to those issued by the Canadian governments this week and the recommendations made by Canada and the United States in this regard. 

On the night of Wednesday, October 20, a shooting in the bar known as “La Malquerida” caused the death of tourists, one of them, of  Indian nationality; the bullets also hit people of German and Dutch origin.


Germany issues travel advisory to Tulum and Playa del Carmen. ( https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/ )

Canada issues travel advice to Mexico

In its last update on October 21, Canada classified the country on its risk level scale as:

High degree of caution in Mexico due to high levels of criminal activity and kidnapping.

According to Government of Canada recommendations: Violent crime, including homicide, kidnapping, vehicle theft and extortion, continues to increase year after year across the country, including in popular tourist destinations.

It asks its population to be extremely cautious when traveling to Mexico City and the surrounding municipalities in the State of Mexico, where crime rates have increased in recent years.

It indicates to stay alert at all times due to the incidence of the following events:

  • – Crime
  • – Organized crime
  • – Borders and surrounding areas
  • – Kidnappings
  • – Piracy
  • – Theft
  • – Violent robbery
  • – Assault
  • – Women’s safety
  • – Balconies
  • – Fraud
  • – Water activities
  • – Public transport

Travel alert from Canada to Mexico. ( https://travel.gc.ca )

Netherlands warns of violence in Cancun

The Netherlands, the country of origin of one of the victims who were hit by bullets during the night of October 20, also has travel recommendations for its inhabitants.

The portal of the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands places Mexico in the color “orange”, which suggests only necessary trips. Holland recommendations for trips to Mexico. (Nederlandwereldwijd.nl/)

Among the recommendations offered to those who visit the country are:

  • – Be careful when talking about money and business in public.
  • – Be alert if strangers ask you for personal information or financial assistance.
  • – Keep a close eye on your luggage / possessions, even in a hotel lobby.
  • – Be careful with food, drink or strangers’ walks. Keep an eye on your food and drink in a bar or restaurant.
  • – Do not resist a robbery or robbery. If you are a victim of this, surrender your belongings. Resistance often leads to (more) violence.

And despite the fact that it places tourist destinations as safe, it warns that in Cancun and its surroundings there are also violent clashes between drug gangs.

“Sometimes citizens and tourists are also victims of this. Do not travel after sunset and do not travel alone. Be alert, even when you go out,” he says.

The United States maintains travel alert to Mexico

In its latest update on July 12, the United States Department of State issued an alert for its residents in which it asks to take precautions when traveling to almost all but two states.

“Violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, vehicle theft and robbery, are widespread and common in Mexico. The US government has a limited capacity to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by US government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted, “the agency warns.

It also suggests not traveling to: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas. These are flagged as dangerous for crimes, crime, and kidnapping.

Recommends reconsidering traveling to: Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Sonora, Zacatecas, because these stand out for crimes, delinquency and kidnappings.United States Department of State ( https://travel.state.gov )

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