Can I Travel To Mexico From The US? – Forbes Advisor

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Mexico has been the go-to vacation spot during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic due to its loose rules and restrictions on travel and remains one of the most popular travel destinations, based on recent data from Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site. But with the Omicron variant slowly creeping its way into society, many countries are adding tighter border control measures in hopes to keep the mutated strain at bay. Here is what you need to know in order to be able to travel to Mexico.

Can You Travel to Mexico?

For the most part, yes, but there are some things you need to know.

Mexico has kept its borders open to North Americans for a good portion of the pandemic. Even with the new Omicron variant, Mexico is ultimately allowing travel and not adding more restrictions as of this date.

However, Mexico is classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Level 3—or high—travel risk country for the purposes of Covid-19. This means that passengers should be vaccinated before traveling to Mexico, and unvaccinated travelers should abstain from nonessential travel to the destination. This classification is based on data from the World Health Organization and other official sources, and metrics including cumulative new cases, testing rates and test-to-case ratios.

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Testing and Vaccination Requirements to Enter Mexico

Before you enter Mexico, you will need to complete a declaration of health. The questions are relatively straight forward and ask some general questions regarding your health and recent potential exposures to Covid-19.

Mexico does not require US citizens to provide documentation of negative covid results. Mexico also does not require travelers to be vaccinated to enter the country. However, at the airport, you may be subject to a health screening upon arrival. If symptoms of Covid-19 are detected, you will be tested and potentially required to undergo a quarantine. Keep in mind that it’s entirely up to the person who examines you to determine whether or not you have symptoms.

Requirements When Transiting Mexico

Mexico has no Covid-19 related restrictions when it comes to transiting through the airport. Make sure to check with your final destination, though, to make sure that transiting through Mexico is permitted when entering said country.

Testing and Vaccination Requirements to Enter the United States From Mexico

As of Dec. 6, all air travelers aged 2 and older must show documentation of a negative Covid-19 test within one day prior to the flight’s departure into the US—regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This new testing requirement includes taking it within one calendar day of departure and is not limited to within 24 hours of departure. This means that passengers can take their test at any time during the day before their flight, no matter what time their flight departs.

Alternatively, US citizens who are able to provide proof of having Covid-19 within 90 days of departure can sidestep the testing requirement. Adequate proof requires a positive test result and documentation of recovery.

Non-US Citizens must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status. Additionally, a negative Covid-19 test result prior to boarding must be presented.

Related: When should I use a home Covid test?

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Other Important Things to Know

Mexico asks that tourists wear face masks in public settings, social distance and follow its Covid-19 prevention guidelines as much as possible.

While not federally mandated, some states and even cities may require masks to be worn at all times. A federal curfew is also not mandated, but some states in Mexico do enforce a curfew. Interstate travel throughout Mexico can be restricted in some cities depending on the current situation.

Finally, make sure to keep track of Mexico’s Covid-19 monitoring system during your travels. Mexico uses a system of color-coded labels to let the public know the risk level, and ultimately, the implemented restrictions.

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