Foreign Office issues warning to tourists in Cancun

By Lisa James
26/01/2023
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Brits visiting Cancun are being warned of protests by taxi drivers, which have included tourists being pulled from Uber cars and missing flights because they’ve been stuck in roadblocks.

The taxi drivers are protesting a court ruling that Uber drivers were exempt from having to obtain a permit to operate, while taxi drivers must have one.

The Foreign Office has updated its advice to say: “As of December 2022, there have been incidents involving taxi drivers and application-based transportation (Uber) in Cancun.

“Since late 2022, licensed taxi drivers have been blocking roads and targeting Uber taxis in Cancun’s hotel zone, in a series of protests against Uber.

“Tourists have been affected, including being pulled from Uber taxis and experiencing lengthy delays as a result of roadblocks, sometimes leading to missed flights.”

The latest protests happened on Monday, when taxi drivers blocked the main road between Cancun airport and the central tourist zone.

Tourists were forced to trek on foot or ride on police trucks to catch their flights, Reuters reports.

The FCDO added: “Protests can occur without notice.

“Please listen to local announcements and follow the advice of your hotel on how best to avoid any protests.”

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