The Government formalized this Wednesday the creation of a consulate in one of the most famous paradisiacal beaches in the world to meet the demand of Argentines living in that place since in recent years there has been an increase in the number of citizens who settled there.
Through Decree 257/2021, published this Wednesday in the Official Gazette, President Alberto Fernández repealed a 2015 regulation that established the opening of a diplomatic headquarters in Monterrey and, instead, ordered the installation of a consulate in the Mexican city of Playa del Carmen.
The decision was based on the “growing demand from fellow citizens living” in the aforementioned Mexican district: it is estimated that some 15,000 Argentines live there, most of them between 25 and 30 years old.
In addition to attending to the procedures of the citizens installed there, the diplomatic office will have the objective of achieving “a greater dissemination of the image of the Argentine Republic and promoting new currents of commercial and cultural exchange.”
The brand new consulate will have a consular district over the Mexican States of Quintana Roo, Yucatán, and Campeche, as well as over the entire territory of Belize, the small Central American country located between Mexico and Guatemala.
The decree for the creation of the diplomatic headquarters was signed by the President; the Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero; and the chancellor, Felipe Solá.
Playa del Carmen is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya and stands out for its white-sand beaches, its splendid cenotes, its impressive adventure parks, and exclusive resorts, all surrounded by the jungle.
This tourist destination is chosen by hundreds of Argentines every year. In 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, many of them were stranded without being able to return to the country.
The current Argentine ambassador to Mexico is Carlos Tomada, former Minister of Labor during the governments of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.
Although the areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen are at a yellow traffic light due to coronavirus infections and, therefore, there were restrictions on the capacity of certain establishments and it is forbidden to open bars and nightclubs, the tourist centers operated at full capacity during Holy Week.
In March of this year, due to the contagion of a contingent of Argentine tourists, the state of Quintana Roo restricted non-essential activities until April 15. It was after a graduate trip that ended with a massive number of positive cases.
At that time, Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, reported that Argentine citizens who visited the tourist destination had a PCR test performed in a laboratory without technical authorization to operate and pointed out that it could be false.