Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain in flux. Health officials advise postponing travel if you are not fully vaccinated and have caught up on booster shots. This article was last updated on August 3rd.
If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what you need to know and expect if you plan to travel there during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mexico is open to travellers. You do not need to present a negative result of a PCR test or proof of vaccination to enter the country. You may be subject to health screening prior to entry.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States. This makes it easier for American citizens, who constitute a large block of Mexican tourists, to travel back to the United States.
What’s on offer
In Mexico you will find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming cities and historical remains.
While the beach resorts around Cancun draw most visitors, those wanting more than just fly and flop opt for the cultural clout of Mexico City, the coast of Baja California, and traditional cities like Oaxaca.
who can go
Mexico has had some of the loosest border restrictions in the world since the pandemic, allowing anyone to travel by plane for business or pleasure.
The land border between Mexico and the United States reopened to non-essential travel on November 8, 2021.
What are the restrictions?
Since March 2022, travelers to the country no longer have to fill out a health declaration.
No pre-departure test or quarantine is required. Those concerned they may have symptoms should contact health organization Sanidad Internacional.
Some Mexican states or cities may have stricter restrictions than the country as a whole based on local conditions. Tourists should check with their hotels or resorts for local policies before committing to any plans. You can also use this phone number directory for individual federal states.
How is the Covid situation?
Mexico had nearly 6.78 million cases of Covid-19 and nearly 328,000 deaths as of August 3.
As of August 3, Mexico had administered around 209.7 million vaccine doses, or 165 doses per 100 people. For comparison, the United States administered about 181 doses per 100 people and Canada 228 doses per 100 people.
On August 3, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had classified Mexico at Level 3 (high) for Covid-19 risk.
What can visitors expect?
Many hotels and accommodation groups are offering on-site Covid-19 testing for travelers returning to locations where it is required. Check with your hotel for on-site testing before you travel.
Visitors are likely to encounter different situations depending on where they are traveling in the country, with different local restrictions. For specific information, see the Local Resources section of the US Embassy website.
Mexico uses a four-color “traffic light” system to assess each state’s health security and impose specific restrictions on movement when conditions warrant. Red is the highest level of caution and green allows all activities. You can check the current status of the states you wish to visit by clicking here.
Government page on Covid-19
US Embassy in Mexico
US Department of State Travel Advice for Mexican States
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