Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases are beginning to rise around the world. Health authorities warn that travel increases the chances of contracting and spreading the virus, especially if you are not fully vaccinated. Staying home is the best way to slow transmission. Below is information on what you need to know if you’re still planning to travel, last updated June 14, 2022.
(CNN) — If you plan to travel to Mexico, here is what you should know and expect if you want to visit the country during the covid-19 pandemic.
The latest on covid-19 in Mexico
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the Mexico travel advisory classification to Tier 3, which is now the “highest” tier in terms of risk level. When a destination reaches Level 3, it means that it has had more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 28 days.
Despite this, Mexico remains open to travelers. No vaccination certificate or negative PCR test is required, nor is it necessary to quarantine on arrival, although most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. There are health controls at airports.
As of June 12, all US air travelers returning to the US no longer need to submit a negative covid test or documentation of recovery in the last days of covid-19.
This new rule is subject to change depending on how the pandemic situation unfolds, and a senior Biden administration official told CNN that the CDC will reevaluate its decision in 90 days.
The US Embassy says that PCR and antigen test results are reliably available within 24 hours in Mexico.
What is offered?
You’ll find amazing food, sensational beaches, charming towns, and historic relics. While Cancun’s beach resorts attract the most visitors, those who want more than a leisure trip gravitate toward the cultural weight of Mexico City, the Baja California coastline, and traditional towns like Oaxaca.
Who can go?
Mexico has some of the loosest border restrictions in the world, and anyone can travel by plane for business or leisure.
The land border between Mexico and the United States was reopened for non-essential travel from November 8, 2021.
What are the restrictions?
Those who travel to the country must fill out a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates upon arrival.
It is not necessary to undergo a pre-departure test or undergo any type of quarantine. Those who are concerned about the possibility of having symptoms should ask for the health organization International Health.
Tourists can inquire at their hotels or resorts about any local regulations before committing to their plans.
What is the covid situation?
In Mexico there have been almost 5.9 million covid-19 cases and about 325,194 deaths as of June 14 (although some believe the true numbers are higher).
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been criticized for taking a laissez-faire (“let do“) in the face of the virus. The restrictions have not been far-reaching and life has continued as normal for many, which critics say has led to high death and infection rates.
As of June 14, Mexico had managed approximately 208.6 million doses of covid vaccines, that is, 160 doses per 100 people. By comparison, the United States has administered about 178 doses per 100 people.
What can visitors expect?
Mexico had a traffic light system with four levels of restrictionsbut given the decrease in cases, the Government put an end to this measure since last April.
In addition, the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said then that the coronavirus in the country was ceasing to be epidemic and declared that the use of face masks, which was never mandatory, “is no longer essential.” However, on June 7, the Mexican government reported an increase in cases and Gatell staked out that the epidemic is no longer an “emergency situation”.
Many hotels and lodging groups, such as Mexico Grand Hotels Y Krystal Hotels, to name just two, offer covid-19 tests at their facilities for your return. Check with your hotel about on-site testing before you travel.
Visitors are likely to encounter different situations depending on where in the country they travel to, as local restrictions vary. Check the local resources section of the US Embassy website for specific information.
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