What’s it Like to Travel in Mexico Right Now?

By Sarah A. Lybrand

Hey, so... when's it okay to Mexi-GO?

The Gist:

Mexico has some of the world's loosest border restrictions post-Covid, allowing pretty much anyone to travel there by air for business or leisure without requiring any kind of formal quarantining prior to entry.

However, note that land border has more restrictions (as in, closed to anything other than commerce and “essential crossings”) and will be until at least the end of July — so please plan accordingly.

Our take? Proceed, but with responsible caution.

Then...and Now

Compared to the U.S., over the past eighteen months, Mexico has taken a more laissez-faire approach to the virus. In fact, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under scrutiny for not enforcing more, far-reaching restrictions; his staunchest critics say many of Mexico’s 2.47 million cases of Covid-19, and roughly 230,800 deaths, could have been prevented.

However, as of June 18th Mexico has administered about 38.6 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine. This represents roughly 30% of the population and climbing. And, as of June 7th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered Mexico's advisory rating from "very high" (risk level 4) to "high" risk (level 3) — a small, if marked, improvement.

So while the majority of Mexico’s population is still getting vaccinated, social-distancing and masking advisories are still critically important — even for fully vaccinated visitors (or despite locals' waning attitudes).

As vaccination numbers climb, however, travel to and from Mexico will only get safer. This means that coupled with all the familiar safety protocols, it seems travelers are starting to think Mexico is worth the Covid-risk. Travel agents in the U.S. report a jump in interest for fall and winter bookings.

So, should you find yourself craving sand, sun, sunsets, or sunrises (tequila and otherwise), destinations in Mexico abound. Here’s the latest on getting there:

Getting to Mexico from the U.S. or other countries:

The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico. However, there are no requirements to take a test before departure or undertake any form of quarantine.

Travelers must, however, complete a health declaration form, and scan the QR code it generates on arrival. Those experiencing any symptoms should ask for the Sanidad Internacional (the health commission).

Returning to the United States from Mexico:

American travelers will need a negative Covid-19 test result taken 72 hours or less before travel to return to the US. The US Embassy says results for PCR and antigen tests are reliably available within 72 hours in Mexico. These results wil be provided to your airline prior to departure.

In fact, all passengers returning to the U.S. from anywhere in the world must still provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the last 3 days (or documentation of recovery) — or be denied boarding by your airline.

In Mexico, testing facilities should be widely available — but we highly recommend finding a facility nearby to your destination ahead of time. Any flight entering the US, even for a connection, will require testing before departure. See the U.S. Department of State for more details.

Why Go to Mexico?

There’s something for everyone in Mexico! Not only is it an affordable vacaion destination from the U.S., you’ll find resort meccas like Cancun, laid-back beach towns like Manzanilla and Tulum, arts, culture, and nightlife in Mexico City — and fresh food and archeological wonders nearly everywhere you go.

In other words, Mexico is an easy choice for a sun-kissed adventure south of the border.

Visit Mexico for incredible beaches, culture, history, and natural wonder!

Explore Our Vacations in Mexico

With Covid-19 restrictions easing across the globe, please continue to follow government guidance and remember to plan ahead and check attraction websites before traveling. And, make sure to check out our other tips on post-covid traveling!

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sarah A. Lybrand is a writer and content creator based out of Long Island, New York. You can find her work on all the places writers make a racket.

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