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 the passage to the United States for American citizens, who make up a large block of tourism in Mexico.
What’s on offer
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.
Who can go
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 pleasure.
The land border between Mexico and the United States has reopened to non-essential travel as of November 8, 2021.
What are the limitations?
From March 2022, travelers to the country no longer need to complete a health declaration form.
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 wish to check with 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 6.69 million cases of Covid-19 and approximately 327,000 deaths since July 28.
As of July 28, Mexico had administered approximately 209.7 million doses of the vaccine, or 165 doses per 100 people. By comparison, the United States administered about 181 doses per 100 people and Canada administered 228 doses per 100 people.
As of July 28, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had Mexico at level 3 (high) for Covid-19 risk. After a dramatic drop in late winter, cases rose again in the summer. Mostly recently, they are showing another downward trend.
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.
Government Covid-19 website
American Embassy in Mexico
US State Department travel advisories for Mexican states
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