Mexico remains fully open for tourism without testing or quarantine requirements. All countries are welcome to enter, including U.K. travelers.
Most of the country is under orange threat level, however some touristic hotspots are yellow, including Baja California.
To overcome the logistical and economic challenges of the pandemic, the Mexican government has updated its “Traffic Light” strategy which gives us a clear understanding of which States and cities are best to visit for tourism.
Mexico Reopening – Latest Updates
Baja California, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Sonora, Campeche, and Durango States are all under yellow in the Federal traffic light system.
Land borders with the U.S. are for essential traveling only. All visiting tourists must arrive by air. (Source)
The country’s epidemiological situation remains concerning and vaccination campaigns advance slowly. To date, 1,6 million doses have been administered.
January 8 – Mexico remains open for tourism without testing or quarantine
Despite multiple CDC travel warnings and worsening COVID situation, Mexico remains open for tourism without almost no entry restrictions.
Cancun has become one of the most popular destinations to visit with over 6.4 million travelers during the pandemic.
November 26 – Mexican – U.S. border closure extended
The reopening of Mexico – U.S. border is set for December 21. As of today, only essential trips are allowed between the two nations.
Which countries are allowed to travel to Mexico?
All countries (including US citizens) are allowed to travel to Mexico. No COVID test, quarantine, or insurance is required but visitors should definitely consider insurance that covers COVID.
Latest update of Mexico’s traffic light map
In green zones, there is a “new normal” approach with most businesses open and a sense of normalcy on the streets.
- Students are back to school.
- Reopening of non-essential recreational and public spaces.
- The State has reached the “new normal” way of living.
Yellow zones are those “testing the waters” after more severe lockdowns. Measures are lifted and if no outbreaks follow they transition to green zones.
- Non-essential activities restart.
- Reopening of closed public spaces.
- All work activities are allowed.
Orange zones are still epidemiologically dangerous. Self-care and awareness are highly advisable and government measures are still enforced.
- Hotels, restaurants, barbershops, open-air parks, and gyms are open at a 50% percent capacity.
- Markets and supermarkets are open at 75% capacity.
- Shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events are allowed at 25% percent capacity.
Red zones are in complete lockdown. There are restrictions to movement within the zone and with other color zones.
- Only essential activities are allowed.
- Public spaces remain closed.
- People considered “at-risk” will experience mobility restrictions.
- Schools and sports facilities remain closed.
Which states of Mexico are already open to tourism?
Mexico is not opening its country in one major swoop. Instead, it’s opening them piece by piece.
For example, certain states in Mexico are open to tourism and actually have been since June. One such example is the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which is the home of popular tourist places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, etc. That state has been open to tourists since June.
Is the land border between Mexico and the USA open?
The US-Mexico land border closure was again extended until February 21, 2020.
Essential travel between the two countries is still allowed.
At the moment, there are no air restrictions between the United States and Mexico. This means that citizens are able to fly back and forth between the two countries.
Additional screening measures remain in place at the borders of both countries, and travelers should prepare themselves to spend additional time at any airport or border crossing.
What is the current COVID-19 situation in Mexico?
As of January 8, Mexico has reported 2,013,563 positive cases, and 177,061 people have lost their lives to the virus.
What is even more concerning about the course of the disease in Mexico is that it seems to have peaked later -and harder- than many other countries.
Many Western and European nations were able to get the disease to peak around March of April. Mexico saw steady increases in new cases until the start of August, at which point cases finally began to decline.
The disease has devastated the Mexican economy and disrupted life in the country in countless ways.
What’s open in Mexico?
Mexico, like the United States, has a federal system of government. It is made up of 31 states and the Capital of Mexico City. These different states have varying degrees of power and autonomy.
As a result, different states have taken different tactics when it comes to opening or closing sections of their economies in response to COVID.
As noted above, some states have begun phased reopening plans in order to slowly open parts of their economy again.
Tourism is a large segment of Mexico’s economy, and the country is eager to reopen as many attractions as it possibly can.
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