Planning travel to Mexico during the pandemic might be easier than you think. With new travel restrictions enacted every few months, it can de difficult to keep up with the changes and requirements between your home country, airlines, and your destination country. Here’s what you need to know before you travel to Mexico:
What are Mexico's Travel Restrictions?
Mexico doesn’t have any.
You do not need to take a covid test before departure or after arrival.
You do not need to quarantine.
You do not need a vaccination.
Mexico welcomes you with open arms.
Since the beginning of the pandemic Mexico has NEVER closed any of its air borders; although at times, some land borders were restricted.
In order to enter Mexico by air, travelers will need to complete a health declaration form. This form produces a QR code to be scanned on arrival. That’s it! This health declaration form will need to be completed for flights within Mexico and when departing Mexico.
Covid within Mexico
As of January 2022, Mexico has reported over 4,360,000 positive covid cases, an estimated 313,000 deaths and an estimated 149 million vaccine doses administered.
Mexico monitors covid activity with a tiered traffic light system.
Red: The most serious tier indicating maximum restrictions.
Orange: Economic and social activites operate at 50% capacity
Yellow: Economic and social activities operate at 75% capacity
Green: No restrictions
Some of Mexico’s most popular destinations are showing colors from every area of the traffic light system.
- Quintana Roo and Yucatan, boasting popular tourist destinations and expat enclaves such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Merida are Yellow.
- Mexico State, home to the country’s capital of Mexico City is Green.
- Jalisco, home to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is also Green.
- Baja California and Baja California Sur are Yellow and Orange, respectively.
What Visitors Can Expect
Despite having the most popular tourist areas of the country struggling to make the Green light status, Mexico is still open and welcoming to all travelers. Travelers will find that most public establishments still require face coverings (cubrebocas) for entrance. Often times, there will be entrance attendants taking temperatures and pumping hand sanitzer in your hands while you step into a sanitation mat.
Before leaving Mexico, be sure to check entrance requirements for your home country or next destination. US citizens are required to show proof of a negative covid-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before traveling to the US by air.
There are several pharmacies in Mexico as well as on-site testing at most airports for meeting this requirement before your flight. Don’t forget to complete the health declaration form one last time on your way out.