Mexico Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 21, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risk of travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Wilma. The storm is predicted to pass near the Yucatan Peninsula on October 21. This Public Announcement expires on November 14.

The U.S. Consulate in Merida will be available on the morning of October 21 for emergency American Citizens Services. However, the Consular Agencies in Cancun and Cozumel will be closed on Friday, October 21 and will be available only via cellular telephone. U.S. citizens in areas likely to be impacted by Hurricane Wilma who do not have access to adequate and safe shelter should consider departing until the storm has passed while commercial flights are still available. Flights into and out of Merida, Cancun and Cozumel international airports may be suspended at any time. Ferry service to and from Cozumel may be suspended at any time. If staying in Cancun, Cozumel or on the Riviera Maya, U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Visitors to Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.

Please see the Caribbean Public Announcement regarding hurricane season dated July 8, 2005 on the Department's website at www.travel.state.gov

Americans living or traveling in Mexico, particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula, are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Updated information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheets for Mexico available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at 011-52-55-5080-2000; U.S. Consulate in Merida at 011-52-999925-5011, after hours 011-52999-947-2285; Consular Agency in Cancun at 011-52998-883-0272 or after hours at 011-52998-845-4364; Consular Agency in Cozumel at 011-52-987-872-4574 or after hours at 011-52-987-876-0624. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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