COVID-19: Is Travel To Mexico Restricted?

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has joined the growing list of countries that are open to travellers from other nationalities.

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Can I travel to Mexico during COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, Mexico is open to all travellers. Air travel is allowed, however, the land border between Mexico and the United States is closed for nonessential travel through at least May 21, 2021.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mexico as a Level 4 country, stating that even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Mexico.

Mexico entry requirements – COVID-19

  • Passengers are not required to take a pre‑departure COVID‑19 PCR test for entry to Mexico.
  • All passengers must complete a health declaration form by registering on the Vuela Seguro website upon arrival in Mexico. Once completed it will generate a QR code.

The QR code has to be available and presented to health authorities upon arrival.

Cancun Travel Restrictions – COVID-19

The southeastern Mexican city, Cancun still remains one of the most attractive travel destinations in 2021 following the country’s tourism sector reopening in June 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can I travel to Cancun right now?

Yes, you can. Cancun is currently open to all foreign travellers. The land border between Mexico and the United States is closed for nonessential travel through at least May 21. However, air travel is allowed.

  • There are also no COVID‑19 test requirements for entry to Mexico.
  • All passengers must complete a health declaration form by registering on the Vuela Seguro website upon arrival in Mexico. Once completed it will generate a QR code.

The QR code has to be available and presented to health authorities upon arrival.

Will I be quarantined if I travel to Mexico during COVID-19 Pandemic?

No, the state no longer requires self-quarantine for visitors or New Mexicans arriving into the state from “high-risk” states or states with a 5 per cent positivity rate or greater over a 7-day rolling average, or a positive test rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents.

  • Visitors from anywhere outside of the state will instead be strongly advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to seek out a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in or return to New Mexico.

COVID-19: Mexico Travel Restrictions Update

The widespread nature of the novel coronavirus pandemic popularly known as COVID-19 and its adverse effect on all sectors of the economy of a country has compelled most countries across the globe to close their countries to foreigners especially those who may want to visit for purposes such as tourism, visit and many others.

However, the situation differs when it comes to Mexico. Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.

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Unlike other countries that have closed their borders to foreigners as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, Mexico is still opened to foreigners for all purposes with terms and conditions attached. The following are requirements travelers must adhere to when visiting Mexico;

  • Travelers can only enter Mexico by air. As part of its measurements to control imported cases of covid-19, Mexico has closed all its land borders to foreigners and as such all who wish to visit Mexico must do so by Air.
  • All travelers once in Mexico must adhere to covid-19 protocols such as wearing nose masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and other local protocols.

Do You Need PCR Test To Enter Mexico?

Foreigners are not required to have a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before entering Mexico, however, foreigners are required to fill and submit a mobile health questionnaire before they arrive in Mexico. Once it is completed, travelers receive a QR code to be scanned by officials at their arrival airport for entry. Health measures at the airport may also include temperature checks.

Quarantine Restrictions in Mexico?

Mexico unlike many countries does not compel travelers to undergo a mandatory quarantine when they visit Mexico, however, persons detected and suspected to be carrying the covid-19 virus would be quarantined.

Countries Banned From Entering Mexico

Mexico is opened to citizens from all countries during this covid-19 times.

Is Mexico Open For Tourists?

Following the widespread of the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries have taken precautionary measures to limit the further damaging effects of the disease wave by introducing travel restrictions.

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Mexico is no exception as it is one of the eyecatching tourist locations across the globe with a heartwarming culture and historical sites. The country which has been adjudged as the world’s seventh most popular tourist destination boasts of the famous Aztec ruins, Frida Kahlo museums, famed Mayan ruins down to its relaxing beaches.

Is Mexico Open For Tourists?

Yes, Mexico currently remains accessible to tourists. However, the land border between Mexico and the United States is closed for nonessential travel through at least May 21, 2021.

Persons trying to enter through the southern border with Guatemala and Belize may also be denied entry for nonessential travel.

Do you need a PCR test to enter Mexico?

There is no need to provide a negative PCR test upon arrival in Mexico. However, air travellers to the country are required to complete a mobile health declaration form before they arrive in Mexico.  Once it is completed, it generates a QR code to be scanned by officials at their arrival airport for entry.

Quarantine restrictions in Mexico

Travellers are not required to undergo any quarantine restrictions upon arrival in Mexico.

Which countries are banned from entering Mexico?

No country has been banned from entering Mexico.

Aircraft goes missing; all on board feared dead

The aviation industry has had a bad week with at least 41 lives lost worldwide in three accidents.

Today, Reuters reports that a jet traveling from Las Vegas, Nevada to Monterrey in northern Mexico has gone missing.

Mexican transport ministry spokesman said on Monday that the jet never reached its destination and has been lost.

Officials were looking for the aircraft and it was not yet clear if any of the passengers survived, the spokesman added.

Mexican newspaper Reforma said the plane had 11 passengers and three crew members on board.

It has later been revealed that it crashed in a mountainous area after a search-and-rescue operation found the wreckage late Monday morning.

World Cup 2026: Have fans from Africa been taken out from sporting activities?

The hope of many of Football fans from Africa was to see Morocco win the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup but United States, Canada and Mexico jointly won the bid after winning 134 votes to beat Morocco’s 65.

Prayers were up for Morocco not because fans from Africa will not be able to afford travel to North America but because of very strict measures in place for acquiring visas to North America. A great number of visa applicants would be denied the opportunity to witness the 2026 World Cup.

Barely a year ago, the United States was awarded the bid to host the Olympics in 2028 which will definitely record a low turnout from Africa as Donald Trump tightens the borders of the United States. There have been instances in the past where boxers and footballers were denied visas to fight or play outside the continent and there is no doubt that some athletes partaking in the Olympics would be denied visas to travel to the United States.

“The philosophy of the Olympics Movement is one that promotes togetherness and unity of the world’s people regards of demographic differences such as gender, colour or creed.

This is superbly exhibited with the logo of the Games, which are five interlocking rings of different colours to represent the five continents that feature at the Games; Africa, The Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. And that idea of unity will likely suffer a major blight if concerns about travel are not resolved.”

The joy associated with qualifying to World Cup is so huge that all soccer lovers who could afford would love to travel to support their teams as they compete for the grand trophy. Thousands of people would be denied this joyful moment.

The United States has been tightening its borders daily for a couple of years now and the election of Donald Trump is set to make it increasingly difficult. His administration has already introduced entry restrictions on citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries.

During the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, there were widespread rumours that only people having more than GHS 40,000 in their bank accounts were granted visas whereas people from the west embark on vacations on credit; monies they have not yet realised.

Embassies and High Commissions in Africa see it as favour to grant visas to visa applicants and forget what their countries stand to benefit from tourists. The acts of insignificant people who end up as illegal immigrants do not rule out that all applicants will also end up so especially when applicants have several ties back home.

Even when host countries decide to offer visa-free travels for people visiting for the games, there are always clauses for fans from Africa. Russia announced a simplified travel procedures for fans visiting for the World Cup but fans from Africa were supposed to be part of organised fan groups. The decision to travel as a group or be a member of an association cannot be enforced on someone.

I can predict for sure that the United States, Canada and Mexico would be waiving visas for fans traveling for the World Cup but would definitely have clauses to prevent people coming from Africa.

The ‘United 2026’ would be a great tournament but not for fans from Africa.