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Traveling Mexico During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thousands of travelers are already enjoying uncrowded, relaxed vacations in Mexico’s popular beach destinations such as Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancún as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Although the United States’ Travel Advisory for Mexico is at Level 4 - Do not travel to Mexico due to COVID-19, already many Americans and US residents flocked to Mexican paradise. Not all Mexico is listed as not to travel. The US Travel Advisory page for Mexico says several tourist destinations are safer to travel and even there are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur, which includes tourist areas Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz and in Quintana Roo state, which includes tourist areas Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Mexico is not listed in the countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel, according to the August 20 update.

Currently, there’s a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs.

Already many travelers from the U.S. are enjoying uncrowded holidays at popular Mexican beach destinations such as Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cancún and Cozumel

How to travel to Mexico?

Since March 21, travelers can’t drive to Mexico from the US, and governments of both countries extend their agreement to close the land border to nonessential travel until September 21. However, there are no restrictions on flying into Mexico. Commercial flights are operating to and from Mexico. Hotels and restaurants are open since June 2020 but bars and nightclubs have not yet reopened.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

You are not required to have a negative COVID-19 Test result.

While entering the country at a Mexican airport, they may check your temperature. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.

By request of the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), passengers traveling to Mexico must fill out a questionnaire online and show evidence that they have completed it at security checkpoints. ​

Visa Requirements

Citizens of the U.S., Australia, EU countries, the UK, and UAE don’t need to have a visa to travel Mexico. For more information read visa requirements for Mexico.

Cancun Airport

YOU MUST reserve transportation services with a company that is in COMPLIANCE with the New Health and Safety Regulations and Protocols. Click here for a list of transportation services available to passengers arriving at Cancun Airport. For your benefit, some rates have been discounted up to 50% from the regular rates.

Safety

Mexico has created a color-coded system for each state. 25 states are designated “orange” under the federal system between August 17 and August 30. Baja California, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan are in this category. Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barbershops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity.  Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.

The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hotels

From June 8, 2020, hotels have been allowed to reopen their doors with some sanitary restrictions and reduced capacity. As of today, hotels can operate with up to 50% of their rooms full, however currently less than 20% of the hotel rooms in Cancun and Riviera Maya are actually occupied.

You may read our articles about the new hotels opening in Mexican destinations to decide on booking your room.

New Hotels in Cancun - Quintana Roo

New Hotels in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

New Hotels in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur 2018 - 2019 - 2020 - 2021

New Hotels in Tulum – Cozumel - Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo

Help & Information in Mexico

Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.

Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here

We hope you enjoy your stay in Mexico, relax, and return home healthy & safely.

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