If you’re thinking of visiting Cancun this year, you’re probably wondering whether it’s safe to travel to Cancun due to COVID-19. The short answer is yes, it’s as safe as traveling anywhere at this time, possibly safer. Read on to learn more in this safe travel to Cancun COVID update.
Cancun COVID Update
Mexico is open for air travel, and a COVID-19 test is not required to enter Mexico.
Cancun remains one of the safest travel destinations in Mexico, due to massive efforts made by the local government and the private sector to create and implement COVID safety protocols.
The Mexican Caribbean Clean & Safe Certification program certifies tourism service providers who implement and adhere to strict cleanliness and safety standards.
According to Dario Flota, Director of Quintana Roo’s Board of Tourism, the program “aims to maintain the highest sanitary measures for the prevention and containment of COVID-19 and generate confidence among guests, partners, and the community.”
Over 6,000 companies have applied for this certification, which shows the community’s eagerness to comply with safety measures in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep the economy open at the same time.
Thanks in part to this local cleanliness and safety certification effort, Cancun was one of the first cities in the world to receive the “Safe Travels” stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC’s stamp is awarded to governments and companies around the world which have adopted and implemented globally standardized health and hygiene protocols.
Cancun remains a top destination due to its incredible scenery, tourist friendly infrastructure, and proximity to historic sites. Its strict adherence to safety protocols is just another reason to consider visiting Cancun when you travel.
Tourism accounts for 90% of the state of Quintana Roo’s revenue, so it’s important to keep the economy open, as this is how most local people earn a living. Local companies know that they must follow the regulations and exercise increased caution, or they will be subject to more statewide shutdowns. For this reason, you will see staff of all companies wearing masks, and signs all over the city reminding locals and tourists alike to wear masks and observe the sana distancia or social distance.
Government Updates from Mexico and the United States
The Mexican Caribbean continues to receive tourists and remains vigilant with rigorous prevention measures against COVID-19. The state of Quintana Roo is not currently listed as one of the states with the highest number of active cases, nor is it listed as one of the states with the highest hospital occupancy rates.
The Epidemiological Risk Assessment tool used in Mexico is also known as the stoplight system. It uses a color-coded scale indicating different levels of risk for Covid-19 contagion. The 4 colors are: red, orange, yellow and green, with red indicating the most severe risk, orange and yellow indicating reopening of the economy with various levels of restrictions, and green indicating no restrictions in place and back to normal.
Quintana Roo has been divided into two regions under the stoplight system – Northern Quintana Roo and Southern Quintana Roo. Both regions are currently designated “orange.”
This means that throughout the state hotels, restaurants, barbershops, open-air parks, gyms, archaeological sites, theme parks, tourist services, meetings and conventions are limited to 50 percent capacity.
Markets and supermarkets can operate at 75 percent capacity.
Shopping malls, department stores, churches, religious centers, cinemas, theaters, museums, parks, salons, real estate companies, and cultural events, are limited to 25-30 percent capacity.
Beaches are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 30 percent capacity with a maximum of five people per group. Food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beaches at this time.
Transportation restrictions include limits of one person per motorcycle, four people per private vehicle, and three people per taxi. Public transportation is operating at 50 percent capacity.
All locations throughout the destination including beaches are directing foot traffic through controlled access points where temperature checks and antibacterial gel are given.
The use of face masks in all public spaces is mandatory. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of current regulations.
Alcohol is currently not being sold in stores after 5:00 pm on Sundays.
The state of Quintana Roo is currently reporting 20,123 negative cases, 276 cases currently being studied, 19,738 positive cases, and 16,328 recuperated.
The city of Cancun is located in the municipality of Benito Juarez, which is currently reporting 9,482 positive cases, 1,485 deaths, 7,500 recuperated and 17% hospital occupation.
Every day Cancún continues to demonstrate its commitment to the health and safety of locals and tourists alike, and to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Quintana Roo states that there are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state, which include tourist areas in Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.
Air Travel is Safe
Like all industries, the airline industry has adapted to the new normal with COVID protocols. Masks must be worn while in airports and while on planes. Most airplanes have surgical grade air filters on the planes which clean the air to prevent the virus from spreading through the air inside the plane.
Travelers to Mexico must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates upon their arrival. International travelers arriving at Cancun International Airport (CUN) must go through a thermal scanner to measure their body temperature and check for fever. Mexico is not requiring COVID-19 tests for entry into the country, nor quarantine upon arrival.
However, the United States is requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to traveling, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 from a licensed healthcare provider in the 90 days preceding travel in order to re-enter the United States.
Canada has suspended all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021.
Land Travel is Restricted
The land border with the United States remains closed to all but essential travel, until at least March 21, 2021. The southern border with Guatemala has also been closed periodically.
In continued efforts to keep up with regulations, Cancun’s tourism industry has responded to the United States’ testing requirement. Hotels and timeshares throughout Cancun are providing on-site COVID testing, administered by third party healthcare professionals. There are also numerous labs and hospitals that provide testing. PCR tests and antigen tests are available. Ask the front desk of your hotel if testing is available, and what the cost will be.
Hotels are Open
Hotels are open and operating at around 50% capacity and with safety measures in place, per government regulations. These include social distancing of two meters, increased cleaning and sanitizing of the hotel common areas, rooms and suites, increased hand-washing required for staff, hand sanitizer stations throughout the property, and of course masks must be worn in common areas.
Most hotels have applied for and received local, state, and international certifications for cleanliness.
Most resorts have on-site physicians who are available to check on guests if they feel any symptoms, and recommend if transfer to a local hospital is necessary.
Resorts are going above and beyond to stay open, stay safe, and help guests enjoy their vacations without worry. Many resorts have allowed guests to change their dates or change to another property in a different destination within the same brand without additional fees or cancelation penalties. Many are offering deep discounts, free upgrades, and extra perks such as resort credits or spa vouchers to thank guests for their business during this time.
Many resorts are also offering special deal packages to remote workers who want to stay for extended stays. If you are working from home now, it’s definitely worth it to call the front desk of the hotel you’d like to stay at, or check their website for special offers for remote workers. Why not take advantage of the ability to work from anywhere!
Tours are Operating
Most tours in Cancun are operational, with reduced capacity. Of course, the staff have adapted to COVID protocols to keep both staff and tourists safe. Reduced capacity restrictions can present a nice opportunity to have a tour to yourself, or with your own small group. It’s a good idea to call the tour company and ask about the group size, and ask if you can book a tour for just your group. Private tours for you and your group are highly recommended to keep you as safe as possible, and many tour operators will accommodate your group.
Weddings are Still Magical
You can still have the wedding of your dreams in Mexico. As destination weddings are a huge part of Cancun’s economy, most resorts and wedding planners are now well versed in safety protocols for weddings, and fully capable of conducting a safe and special wedding day.
Villa del Palmar is Ready to Welcome You
Villa del Palmar Resort Luxury Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun is part of the Tafer Hotels & Resorts family of high-quality resorts throughout Mexico. At Tafer Hotels & Resorts, we are taking extra measures in order to offer all guests a safe and healthy environment in which to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.
Each department, from the Rooms Division and Food & Beverage to our Dining Room staff and Activities Team, has its own set of standard operating procedures. At Villa del Palmar Cancun, it is our commitment to continue to adjust, refine and update the plan as we adapt to a New Normal aligning with the industry standards for resort operations.
We have recently introduced free on-site antigen testing and PCR testing for a discounted rate of 150 USD. For any guests who test positive while staying at the resort, we are also offering up to 14 days free room-only accommodation through March 31, 2021.
If you are a remote worker and wish to explore all the joys of our marvelous resort, we have an incredible extended stay offer.
We hope you have found our safe travel to Cancun COVID update useful and if you decide to travel to, we wish you a safe and enjoyable vacation!