Does Mexico Require Covid Test?
Fri, 21 Jan 2022 14:41:48 -0800Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained one of the least restrictive countries, especially for tourists - probably due in large part to the significant economical necessity of tourism for the country. U.S. citizens, although for some time avoided travel, quickly set out for warm temperatures and sunny beaches, many of whom headed straight to Mexico. While the land borders were shut down for a period of time, air travel was never completely banned between the two countries.
Mexico has so much to offer visitors that it comes as no surprise that U.S. citizens travel by the droves each year to take in the sights, food, and culture. However, during these unprecedented times, travel requirements are always changing, and staying on top of them can be a daunting task. For those planning to travel to Mexico soon, one of the most likely questions that come to mind is, “does Mexico require a COVID-19 test?”
Gaining Entry into Mexico
First and foremost, both air and land travel is allowed between the United States and Mexico, as of November 2021 - as well as train, ferry, and cruise ship. It is expected that visitors to Mexico should socially distance themselves and wear face masks. Different states may have more restrictive guidelines, so travelers will need to check with the local government to ensure they comply with other guidelines, such as curfews. Further, some resorts and hotels may have their own guidelines as well, so checking ahead is advised.
Even in light of the increase in infections due to the newest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Mexico does not require a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry into Mexico. However, every traveler must complete a declaration of health regarding possible COVID-19 symptoms and exposures. Additionally, all ports of entry and some resorts or hotels require health screenings prior to entry that could further require those showing symptoms to undergo further screenings or quarantine.
Although Mexico’s guidelines are laxer than some other countries, the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both strongly recommend travelers be fully vaccinated prior to ANY international travel. Infections are increasing globally due to the Omicron variant taking hold.
Gaining Entry into the United StatesAlthough Mexico is not requiring COVID-19 testing, gaining entry back into the U.S. does include a negative COVID-19 test, if traveling by air. This requirement includes all air passengers that are two years of age or older whether vaccinated or not. Approved self-tests are also acceptable as if proof of recovery from COVID-19 within 90 days prior to travel. There are many CDC approved labs throughout Mexico for U.S. citizens to obtain required testing.
Land or ferry travel is less restrictive, allowing U.S. citizens and other permanent residents entry without having to show proof of vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test. Non-citizen travelers will have to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status beginning January 2022.
Other Mexico Travel Facts Worth KnowingMexico uses the “traffic light” system to show levels of infection in various states. For example, green is low in infection rates and fully open to travelers, yellow has a higher infection rate and may have some restrictions, and red has the highest infection rates and the toughest restrictions. Many of the more popular destinations have been labeled as “green” most recently.
It may be necessary to isolate in Mexico upon receiving a positive COVID-19 test prior to returning to the U.S. In the case of a positive test, check with the hotel or resort as most of them have protocols in place for this situation - including free or discounted rooms and room service.
It is easy to drive to Mexico and the availability of COVID-19 testing, established quarantine protocols, and advanced medical care make visiting Mexico one of the easiest locations to get away to!
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