What you need to know before you go
What you need to know before you go

What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health authorities warn that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Staying at home is the best way to prevent infection. Below is information on what to know if you are still planning to travel, most recently updated on March 11th.

If you plan it trip to Mexico, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently relocated Mexico Travel Advice Evaluation down to level 3 (“high” risk for Covid) from level 4 (“very high” risk).

The basic

Mexico remains open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival, although most resorts ask guests to complete health questionnaires. There are health examinations at airports.

Since December 6, everyone has American air travelers 2 years and older return to the United States need a negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of their departure, regardless of vaccination status. It is part of a general tightening of the US travel rules due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

It says the US Embassy results for PCR and antigen tests are reliably available within 24 hours in Mexico.

What is offered

You will find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming towns and historical relics. While the seaside resorts around Cancun attract the majority of visitors, those who want more than a fly and flop go to Mexico City’s cultural weight, the coast of Baja California and traditional cities like Oaxaca.

Who can go

Mexico has had some of the world’s loosest border restrictions with everyone allowed to travel by plane for business or leisure.

The land border between Mexico and the United States has been reopened for unnecessary travel since November 8, 2021.

What are the restrictions?

Since March 2022, travelers to the country no longer need to fill out a health declaration form.

It is not necessary to take a test before departure or take on any kind of quarantine. Those who worry that they may have symptoms should ask Sanidad Internacional health organization.

Some Mexican states or cities may have stricter restrictions. Tourists may want to check with their hotels or resorts for any local directives before committing to plans.

What is the Covid situation?

Mexico has had almost 5.59 million cases of Covid-19 and about 320,600 deaths per March 11 (although some believe the actual numbers are higher). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under fire for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus. Restrictions have not been far-reaching, and life has gone as normal for many, which critics say has led to high death and infection rates.

Pr. By March 11, Mexico had administered about 184.3 million doses of vaccine, or 141 doses per 100 people. By comparison, the United States has given about 168 doses per day. 100 people, and Canada has given 216 doses per. 100 people.

What can visitors expect?

Mexico has one four-stage traffic light system of restrictions, where red indicates maximum restrictions, orange limits capacity in public spaces and the workplace to 30%, yellow, which allows to resume all work and public assemblies, and green means that there are no restrictions in place. See a color-coded map here.

From March 11, all states were green except one, Querétaro in central Mexico. This means that all of the following popular destinations are green:

Baja Californiahome of the border crossing city of Tijuana.
Baja California Surhome of the resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
Guanajuatowhere expat fave San Miguel de Allende is located.
Jaliscohome to Puerto Vallarta.
Mexico Citythe bustling, cosmopolitan capital.
Quintana Roowhere Cancun and Playa del Carmen are located.

Many hotels and accommodation groups, such as Mexico Grand Hotels and Krystal hotels to name just two, offer Covid-19 testing at the site of your return. Ask your hotel for on-site testing before you travel.

Visitors are likely to find that situations vary depending on where in the country they travel, with local restrictions varying. See the Local Resources section on the US Embassy website for specific information.

Useful links

Sanidad Internacional

Covid-19 government side

US Embassy in Mexico

US State Department travel advice for Mexican states

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