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Coronavirus Update: There are No Restrictions on Travel to Mexico

As the world closely monitors the widely talked about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new strain of virus found in humans that can cause from mild to severe respiratory diseases, stay up-to-date with the latest news and information affecting travelers to Mexico.

UPDATE: January 11, 2021 

Starting on December 12th, the Government of Quintana Roo initiated rapid COVID-19 testing at the Cancun International Airport. So far 242 rapid tests have been administered and all have had negative results. The tests are being given to passengers who report symptoms of a cough, fever or headache. Carlos Joaquín González, the governor of Quintana Roo, said that this measure is being taken as a diagnostic filter so that we can continue to take care of health.

International Travelers to Mexico 

There are currently no quarantine requirements in place for visitors to Mexico. However, nationals of any country must complete a health assessment form. The form is available online. Here is the link: When you fill it out online, it will generate a QR Code. This code must be shown at check-in in order to be allowed to board your flight. The QR Code must also be presented to health inspectors upon arrival into Mexico. You are advised to fill it out before leaving for the airport and take a screen capture of the QR code in case you experience any difficulties with Wi-Fi at the airport.

US Travelers

Effective as of January 26, 2021, airline passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to the United States from Mexico. For any guests staying at TAFER Hotels & Resorts, we offer onsite COVID-19 pre-departure tests and guarantee the test results will be ready prior to guest departure. Testing can be scheduled and paid for upon check-in.

The U.S.-Mexico land border has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 and is expected to reopen again on January 21, 2021.

Canadian Travelers

Effective since January 7, 2021, the government of Canada requires all air passengers aged 5 and up to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their departure to Canada, regardless of citizenship. Proof of the negative test is required to be shown to the airline prior to boarding the plane. Under the Quarantine Act, even with a negative COVID-19 test, all passengers authorized to enter Canada must still quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to Canada and use the ArriveCAN app or website to report their 14-day quarantine plan and provide contact information.

UPDATE: August 12, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of State has issued global travel alerts for certain countries, including several states in Mexico. The travel alerts ranged from level 3, Reconsider Travel, to level 4, Do not Travel. While there are still some travel warnings in effect for certain regions of Mexico, we are happy to inform you that the State of Quintana Roo’s travel advisory is still at level 2, Exercise increased Caution, which is the same level it has been at since 2018. There are currently no restrictions on travel to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres or Tulum based on information from the Travel.State.Gov website.

UPDATE: April 24, 2020

Health Alert – April 24, 2020: 

  • International commercial flight options currently exist in Mexico.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Mexico at this time. 

 Country-Specific Information:  

  • Mexico confirmed 15,529 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of April 27.  Authorities continue to investigate additional suspected cases.  The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases. 
  • On April 21, the Mexican government announced the start of Phase 3 of the pandemic, meaning widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization. 
  • Please see the latest information about the status of consular operations including routine appointments and emergency services. 

UPDATE: April 21, 2020

The Mexican government is implementing the following measures until May30 in most municipalities. 

  1. The Mexican Ministry of Education has closed all schools from March 20 until May 30 in most municipalities.
  2. The Mexican government is implementing the following measures until May 30 in most municipalities.
  3. Suspension of non-essential activities in the public, private, and social sectors.  Essential activities include medical services and supplies, public safety, fundamental economic functions, government social programs, and critical infrastructure.
  4. Suspension of meetings of 100 participants or greater.
  5. Practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.
  6. Voluntary home isolation by all those not involved in essential activities.
  7. Strict home isolation of persons over age 60 or with high risk medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, compromised immune system, pregnant, or post-partum.
  8. The Mexican government will issue guidelines for staggered and regional returns to work, economic, and social activities.
  9. All electoral processes, censuses, and surveys are postponed until further notice.
  10. All measures will be implemented with strict adherence to human rights.

UPDATE: April 16, 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements: Health authorities in several Mexican border states are discouraging all visitors from traveling to Mexico over the Easter week. 

  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit.

UPDATE: April 01, 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Authorities of the state of Nuevo Leon are conducting mandatory health screening of travelers arriving from the United States. Travelers should expect significant delays and face the possibility of being forced to return to the United States or being kept in quarantine in Mexico.
  • Authorities in Sonora began temperature checks of southbound pedestrians and motorists at the San Luis Río Colorado, Nogales, and Agua Prieta ports of entry. Such screenings might be conducted at other ports of entry for Mexico-bound travelers.

UPDATE: March 30, 2020

Quarantine and Healthcare Information:

  • There are no mandatory quarantine policies currently in effect in Mexico for confirmed or suspected cases.  The Mexican government encourages people experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing, to stay at home for 14 days, consult with, and comply with the instructions of your local healthcare provider. 
  • The Mexican government recommends individuals not self-present to seek testing for COVID-19.  Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention and medical professionals will test, if needed based on travel history, contact with a known case, and the individual’s risk group.  Medical professionals will prescribe actions as necessary; including medication to manage symptoms as no specific therapeutics or vaccine exist for COVID-19. 
  • Travelers who return from a country with local transmission of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of respiratory illness should seek immediate medical attention and share their travel history. 
  • The same applies to individuals who were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and present symptoms of respiratory illness. 

UPDATE: March 26, 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. 
  • Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports.  Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening. 
  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit. 

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • There are no entry or exit restrictions in place because of COVID-19.
  • Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports. Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.
  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit.

Local Resources

  • Health advice for travelers seeking information is available at ports of entry.
  • Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

Country-Specific Information: Mexico confirmed 12 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of March 12.  Additional suspected cases continue to be investigated.  Updates on the number of cases are published daily by the Mexican Ministry of Health(Spanish).

COVID-19 Information –

We understand that COVID-19 is a big concern for travelers right now and many people are wondering how this worldwide outbreak will affect their upcoming trips. If you are thinking about cancelling your travel plans to Mexico, we would like to reassure visitors that there are currently no restrictions in place to travel to Mexico and travelers do not require any additional documentation to enter/exit beyond standard travel documentation. 

For the cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed in Mexico, the Ministry of Health has acted in accordance with the protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adheres to strict international guidelines related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of diseases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides travel-related advice and recommendations for postponing or canceling non-essential travel based on health risks. The CDC has so far only issued travel notices for visitors to: China, Iran, Japan, Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong.  

Tafer Hotels & Resorts takes the health and well-being of all our guests very seriously and will advise you in case this situation changes, but currently there is no reason for travelers to cancel their travel plans to Mexico. 

As recommended by the CDC, if you travel, take the following standard precautions to prevent the spread of this disease: avoid contact with anyone who is showing signs of coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly or use antibacterial gel in the absence of handwashing facilities, and do not consume raw or undercooked meat or eggs.  

More detailed information and travel safety tips can be found online at:

If you suspect you might have the virus, you are advised to contact the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127, seek medical attention, and self-isolate. 

We hope that you stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you soon at your home away from home!