Travelers to Quintana Roo, a popular Mexican state, will be compelled to sign a paper attesting to their understanding of local laws on the consumption and transit of illicit substances.
Quintana Roo government officials, hotel groups, and the Secretary of Tourism, according to Reportur.com, have begun an anti-drug campaign for spring break to counteract the potential inflow of holiday arrests.
Tourists arriving in Cancun, Chetumal, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Mahahual, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, and Tulum must sign an illicit substances document. Guests must sign their names to certify that they are aware of the local drug laws and penalties.
“We were required to sign a few forms at check-in at the Breathless Soul,” Amy Frank of Elm Grove Travel said. “The initial form was a straightforward list of names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. The second was a comprehensive no-drug-use-on-property policy with clear repercussions if it was broken. It indicated that you would be ejected from the resort with no refund.”
“I do think that it will deter guests from using drugs onsite and the security staff was very present to enforce the party stayed within the legal limits,” Frank continued. “Once you’ve given your written consent that you will abide, it typically makes people follow the rules.”
The paperwork is part of a bigger effort aimed to international visitors, warning them of the hazards of buying and selling drugs in prominent Mexican Caribbean resort areas. The campaign’s advertisements included jail imagery, which several visitors found offensive.
“On the occasion of the next high holiday season, together with businessmen, we launched an outreach effort to warn tourists about the hazards and repercussions of drug use during their stay in Quintana Roo,” Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez tweeted earlier this month.
The Governor of Quintana Roo stated in March that the falling frequency of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations prompted officials to begin the process of removing mask regulations in public places.
In addition, as a large number of spring break vacationers came in the region for warm-weather holidays, uniformed troops and police officers expanded their presence in the Cancun Hotel Zone.