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If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what you should know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mexico is open to travelers. You do not need to provide a negative PCR test result or proof of vaccination to enter. You may undergo a health check before entering.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted its requirement that travelers test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States. This eases passage to the United States for American citizens, who make up a large bloc of Mexico’s tourists.
You will find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming towns and historical remains in Mexico.
While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the bulk of visitors, those who want more than a fly and tumble head to the cultural heavyweights of Mexico City, the Baja California coastline and traditional towns like Oaxaca.
Mexico has had some of the loosest border restrictions in the world since the pandemic, with anyone allowed to travel by air for business or leisure.
The land border between Mexico and the United States has reopened to non-essential travel as of November 8, 2021.
What are the limitations?
There is no need to take a pre-departure test or undertake any form of quarantine. Those who are concerned that they may have symptoms should ask the health organization Sanidad Internacional.
Some Mexican states or cities may have stricter restrictions than the country as a whole based on local conditions. Tourists may want to ask their hotels or resorts for any local guidelines before committing to plans. You can also use this directory of phone numbers for individual states.
What is the situation with Covid?
Mexico has had almost 6.95 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 329,000 deaths since August 21.
Mexico had administered approximately 209.7 million doses of the vaccine, or 165 doses per 100 people, as of August 21. By comparison, the United States administered about 183 doses per 100 people and Canada administered 230 doses per 100 people.
As of August 21, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had Mexico at level 3 (high) for the risk of Covid-19.
What can visitors expect?
Many hotels and accommodation groups offer on-site Covid-19 testing for travelers returning to countries that require it. Check with your hotel about on-site testing before you travel.
Visitors are likely to find different situations depending on where they travel, with local restrictions varying. See the Local Resources section of the US Embassy website for specific information.
Mexico uses a four-color “traffic light” system to assess each country’s health safety and impose certain restrictions on movement if conditions warrant. Red is the highest level of care and green allows all activities. You can check the current status of the countries you plan to visit by clicking here.
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Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter, Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Karol Suarez and Catherine Shoichet contributed to this report.