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Mexico Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 26, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to demonstrations and possible travel delays in Cancun due to the resignation of the city council in Cancun and the removal of the Mayor the weekend of July 18, 2004. This announcement expires on August 20, 2004.

On July 16, after the resignation of the city council in Cancun and the removal of the mayor, there were violent demonstrations centered around city hall (Ayuntamiento) and the Plaza de la Reforma in downtown Cancun, and demonstrations have continued throughout the week. Americans traveling to Cancun should use caution and avoid crowds, especially around the city hall and the Plaza de la Reforma, as there is a potential for spontaneous violence. There is a possibility that members of the taxi unions or bus drivers might attempt to block the main road into the hotel zone as a sign of protest. Should there be a blockade of the road into and out of the hotel zone, travelers should not attempt to pass through or go around roadblocks.

U.S. citizens planning to travel to Mexico should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Mexico, and the most recent Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may obtain up to date information on security conditions by calling toll-free 1-888-407-4747 in the United States, and 1-317-472-2328 from overseas.

Americans living or traveling in Mexico are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Mexico. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, you'll make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact you in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000.

You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ccs@usembassy.net.mx. The Embassy's Internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/. For the most up-to-date information on conditions in Cancun, contact the U.S. Consulate in Merida at Paseo Montejo 453, telephone (52)(999) 925-5011, via e-mail at consularmerida@state.gov, or the Consular Agency in Cancun at Plaza Caracol Two, Second Level, No. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, telephone (52)(998) 883-0272.

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