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What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note: The number of coronavirus cases remains high around the world. Health officials warn that traveling increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to prevent transmission. Below is information about what you need to know if you are still planning to travel, last updated on November 7.

If you are planning to travel to Mexico, this is what you need to know and expect if you plan to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The base

Mexico is open to travelers. It is not necessary to issue a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival, although most resorts ask guests to complete health questionnaires.

The land border between Mexico and the United States will reopen for non-essential travel on November 8.

Vaccinated US air travelers returning to the US must undergo a negative Covid-19 test within three days of their departing flight. And as of Nov. 8, unvaccinated Americans must submit a negative test taken within a day of leaving for the US.

The US embassy says results of PCR and antigen testing are reliably available in Mexico within 72 hours.

On Nov. 7, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed the rating of Mexico’s travel advice at Level 3: “high” risk. Level 4 is a “very high” risk. The CDC advises travelers to get fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.

What’s on offer

You’ll find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming towns and historic remains. While the beach towns around Cancun draw the bulk of visitors, those who want more than a fly and flop go for the cultural riches of Mexico City, the Baja California coastline and traditional cities like Oaxaca.

Who can go?

Mexico has had some of the world’s most liberal border restrictions, allowing anyone to travel by plane for business or leisure.

What are the restrictions?

Travelers to the country must complete a health declaration and scan the QR code it generates upon arrival. There is no need to take a test or undertake any kind of quarantine before departure. Those concerned that they may have symptoms should contact the health organization Sanidad Internacional.

The land border with the United States remains closed to all but essential travel, but is slated to reopen for non-essential travel on Nov. 8. People attempting to enter through the southern border with Guatemala and Belize may also be refused entry for non-essential travel.

What is the Covid situation?

Mexico had about 3.8 million cases of Covid-19 and nearly 290,000 deaths on Nov. 7 (although some believe the actual number is higher). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under fire for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus. The restrictions were not far-reaching and life went on for many, leading to high death and infection rates, critics say.

As of Nov. 7, Mexico had administered more than 126 million doses of vaccine, or about 97 doses per 100 people. The number of cases rose dramatically in late summer, although the number started to decline sharply in September and October.

What can visitors expect?

Mexico has a four-stage traffic light system with restrictions, where red means maximum restrictions, orange limits capacity in public areas and at work to 30%, yellow allows all work to resume and public gatherings, and green means no restrictions in it’s place. View a color-coded map here.

As of Nov. 7, all but one (Baja California) states were categorized as either green or yellow.

Quintana Roo, which is home to popular tourist destinations Cancun and Playa del Carmen, was listed as green. Baja California Sur, home of Cabo San Lucas, and the bustling capital Mexico City, were also green.

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

Useful Links

Sanidad Internacional

Covid-19 government page

US Embassy in Mexico

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