Travel to Mexico during Covid-19: what you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise. Health officials recommend delaying travel unless you are fully vaccinated and caught up on boosters. This article was last updated on September 20th.

(CNN) – If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what to know and expect if you plan to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

Mexico is open to travelers. You do not need to provide a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination to enter. You may be subject to a health screening prior to entry.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed the requirement that travelers test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States. This makes it easier for American citizens to return to the United States, as they form a large bloc of Mexican tourists.

What is offered

You will find incredible food, wonderful beaches, charming towns and historical remains in Mexico.

While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the majority of visitors, those who want more than a fling head to the cultural expanse of Mexico City, the coast of Baja California, and traditional towns like Oaxaca.

Who can go

Mexico has had some of the loosest border restrictions in the world since the pandemic on anyone allowed to travel by air for business or pleasure.

The land border between Mexico and the United States has been reopened to non-essential travel since November 8, 2021.

What are the restrictions?

There is no need to take a test before departure or undergo any type of quarantine. Those who are concerned that they may have symptoms should ask the health organization Sanidad Internacional.
Some states or cities in Mexico may have stricter restrictions than the country, depending on local conditions. Tourists may want to check with their hotels or resorts about local guidelines before committing to plans. You can also use the phone number directory for individual states.

What is the Covid situation?

Mexico has reported more than 7.07 million cases of Covid-19 and nearly 330,000 deaths as of September 20.
Mexico administered about 209.7 million doses of the vaccine, or 165 doses per 100 people, on August 21. For comparison, the United States delivered about 185 doses per 100 people and Canada delivered 234 doses per 100 people.
As of September 20, 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 hotel and accommodation groups offer on-the-spot Covid-19 testing to returning travelers where they need it. Before you travel, check with your hotel about local testing.

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

Mexico uses a four-color “traffic light” system to assess the health security of each state and impose certain restrictions on movement if conditions warrant. Red is the most cautious, and green allows all activities.

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Forrest Brown, Marnie Hunter, Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Karol Suarez and Catherine Shoichet contributed to this report.