A roller-coaster ride of cultural icons, diverse cultures, sandy beaches and green-topped mountains, Mexico is a land of diverse ecosystems. While Central Mexico is home to crowded, cultivated cities, the southern part of this country is a paradise of white-sand beaches and hidden lagoons, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Is it safe travelling to Mexico after COVID-19?
Given the current climate and our understanding of the coronavirus, it is advisable to not travel to Mexico. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and the jury is still out on when the country will open its international borders to non-essential travelers, especially tourists. As the number of new cases has begun to stabilize, the country has etched out a phased plan of recovery that will allow non-essential travelers to enter in a few months.
Mexico Travel Restrictions Post COVID-19
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reported that he wants the country to unveil its economy soon. Mexicans were allowed to open small scale businesses and retails on June 1, after the pandemic caused over 9 million people to stay home. Mexico announced to hopefully uplift border restrictions between US and Mexico by June 22.
What are the quarantine rules and restrictions for international travelers coming to Mexico?
There are no quarantine rules for visitors arriving in Mexico from other countries. However if anyone is suspected of carrying COVID-19 will have to undergo a health assessment, and will be taken to a medical center if an infectious disease is confirmed.
Updates on Travel Restriction in Mexico
Domestic travel The country reopen domestic travel services from 15th June after reviewing the situation of the country. It is advised to avoid Mexico City as a precautionary measure.** **
International Travel International travel to Mexico has reopened with limited frequency of air travel and borders are still closed for US citizens. Mexicans cannot leave the country until August 21.
Entry and Exit
In response to the threat that COVID-19 poses, most foreign nationals are denied entry into the country except in certain exceptional cases.
- Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity.
- International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials and repatriated citizens.
- Airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
- Quarantine rules don’t apply to all incoming international passengers.
Where to go in Mexico
From exploring the coral reefs of Cozumel and the unique waterfront ruins of Tulum to the trending beaches of Playa del Carmen and the colonel city of Puebla, Mexico has an incredible collection of postcard-worthy destinations. A myriad of unique experiences await you in this vibrant and diverse country.
Things to do in Mexico
Climb the Copper Canyon on the iconic El Chepe or head over to Amatitan - the birthplace of ‘tequila’.If you love the outdoors, Baja California has some brilliant spots for kayaking and camping. Indulge in some bird watching at Chiapas and explore its stretch of vast evergreen forest. Whether it is history, culture or wildlife that you wish to explore, this spirited country will not disappoint you.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Mexico
The true essence of Mexico can be traced back to its historic landmarks such as the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the pyramids of Teotihuacan and the city of Chichen Itza. The country also offers unique experiences like witnessing a live volcano at Volcán Paricutín, exploring the colonial streets of Guadalajara and taking part in the many vibrant festivals of Oaxaca.
Away from the Crowd
In a quest to cover tourist hotspots like Tulum, Cancun and Punta Cana, visitors often ignore the rest of this beautiful country. Visit the beachside town of Costalegre if you are looking for a vacation away from the crowds. Majahual is another such beach where you can enjoy some downtime. Puerto Escondido, San Miguel de Allende and Tlaxcala are some of the other less-travelled destinations you can discover for yourself.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Mexico
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.