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Everything you need to know about traveling to Mexico during COVID-19

While coronavirus cases are still high around the world and staying home is the best way to stay safe, travel is still inevitable for some. Are you planning to travel to Mexico during COVID-19? Just recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moved Mexico’s travel advisory rating to Level 4.

The increase from Level 3 (a “high” level of COVID-19) to Level 4 (“very high”) means the CDC now advises against traveling to the area. However, if you do have to travel to Mexico during the pandemic, this Pacific Prime Latin America article will help you prepare.

Mexico travel advice

If you’re wondering: is travel to Mexico restricted? The answer is no. Mexico is still open to travelers. You do not have to present a negative PCR test on arrival, though there are health screenings at airports. Travelers to Mexico need to fill out a health declaration form and scan the generated QR code on arrival.

Similarly, you do not have to take a test before departure. If you think you may have symptoms, be sure to ask for the Sanidad Internacional health organization. Note that tighter restrictions may apply to some states or cities in Mexico.

For example, Jalisco state (famously known for its resort town of Puerto Vallarta) has vaccination requirements for certain recreational venues. As of January 14th, 2022, a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours or a vaccination certificate is necessary to enter venues such as:

  • Bars
  • Casinos
  • Clubs
  • Concerts
  • Convention centers
  • Event spaces
  • Large events
  • Stadiums

It’s advisable to check with your hotel or resort about any local rules and regulations before paying for your booking or getting on a plane.

Another common question is: will I be quarantined if I travel to Mexico? No, quarantine is not necessary. Most accommodations will simply ask guests to complete health questionnaires at check-in.

Mexico travel requirements

Mexico’s border restrictions are quite loose in comparison to most of the world. In fact, anyone can travel to Mexico by air for business or leisure. Since November 8th, 2021, nonessential travel between Mexico and the US by land has also resumed.

Traveling to and from the US

For those traveling to Mexico during COVID-19 from the US, note that all US air travelers ages two and older returning to the states must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of their departing flight. This rule has been in effect since December 6th, 2021, and applies to all regardless of vaccination status due to the tightening of US travel rules amidst the Omicron variant.

PCR and antigen test results are available within 24 hours in Mexico, according to the US embassy. Additionally, many hotels and lodging groups provide on-site COVID-19 tests for your departure. Check whether your hotel provides on-site testing before traveling.

Without a proper COVID-19 test, you will not be allowed to board your flight back to the US. Those who test positive will have to quarantine in Mexico. While quarantine is usually at your own expense, CNN travel reports that some hotels and resorts offer free or reduced-rate quarantines.

What can I expect?

When it comes to restrictions, Mexico adopts a traffic light monitoring system.

  • Red – Maximum restrictions
  • Orange – Limited capacity (30%) in public spaces and at work
  • Yellow – Public gatherings and work as normal
  • Green – No restrictions in place

Check out this color-coded map for a visual representation of different areas and their respective colors. As of February 24th, 2022, no states were orange or red while the rest were yellow and green. Here are details of some of Mexico’s most popular tourist spots:

  • Baja California – Green
  • Baja California Sur – Green
  • Guanajuato – Green
  • Jalisco – Yellow
  • Mexico City – Yellow
  • Quintana Roo – Green

Situations may vary depending on the area you’re traveling to due to local restrictions. Whether you’re itching to travel internationally or have to travel to Mexico for work, the country remains one of the most convenient places to go to. Just be a smart traveler and do your best to protect yourself and others at all times.

Read our article on Personal safety tips when traveling to Mexico next!

Prepare for the unexpected with Pacific Prime Latin America

No matter where you are traveling these days, you need to be ready to pay for your own quarantine if you test positive. The same goes for your medical expenses, which is why it is more important than ever to secure health insurance. That way, you can confidently access quality care without paying hefty hospital bills out of your own pocket.

Whether you’re looking for the best travel insurance for Mexico or globally (or any other type of health insurance plan), Pacific Prime Latin America is here to help. As a leading insurance broker with over two decades of experience, we know how to compare health insurance plans to find the ideal one for your needs and budget.

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Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime Latin America
Jantra Jacobs is a Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime with over 10 years of writing and editing experience. She writes and edits a diverse variety of online and offline copy, including sales and marketing materials ranging from articles and advertising copy to reports, guides, RFPs, and more.

Jantra curates and reports on the results of Pacific Prime’s monthly newsletters, as well as manages Pacific Prime’s Deputy Global CEO’s LinkedIn posts. Complemented by her background in business writing, Jantra’s passion for health, insurance, and employee benefits helps her create engaging content - no matter how complex the subject is.

Growing up as a third-culture kid has given her a multicultural perspective that helps her relate to expats and their families while 8 years of working remotely have given her unique insight into hybrid work arrangements and enthusiasm for employee benefits.
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