Can I travel to Mexico right now? Yes! But there are definitely some things travelers need to know about traveling during the pandemic.
This guide covers everything travelers to Mexico need to know, including information on quarantine and testing requirements for entry.
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Good news! Americans can travel to Mexico. Although the U.S. - Mexico border was closed for a long time, it's now open. All in all, Mexico has been fairly open for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, there are some things that travelers need to know before booking their Mexico trip.
No, you do not need to present a vaccination card to enter Mexico. However, if you are vaccinated (which the CDC recommends) it is a good idea to pack your vaccination card because some places in Mexico may require proof for entry.
No, Mexico does not have a quarantine requirement in place.
However, any arrivals to Mexico who present symptoms of the coronavirus may be subject to health screenings and/or quarantine.
No, Mexico does not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.
Travelers to Mexico will just need a valid passport, an immigration form, and an airline ticket. No negative test or proof of vaccination is required.
All in all, Mexico is one of the easiest places to travel to at the moment, especially for Americans.
It’s clear that Mexico is open for travel. But how has the country weathered the pandemic? What are things like on the ground at the moment? Is it even safe to travel to Mexico right now?
Mexico, like most destinations, was hit hard by the pandemic in Spring 2020 and has experienced a couple of serious spikes since then. In addition, the Mexican government has taken a hands-off approach to the pandemic. So while recorded deaths are high (around 329,000) some suspect that they could be even higher.
That said, cases in Mexico are going up and down in waves like we’ve seen around the world. As of August 2022, the CDC lists Mexico a Level 3 rating, signifying that cases are “high.” The rating changes with the waves of the pandemic, and the current rating is available on the CDC website.
The CDC recommends that Americans get vaccinated before traveling to Mexico and that everyone over age two wears a mask in indoor public spaces. Travelers with high risk of severe illness or who are immunocompromised should consider delaying their trip, per the CDC.
In terms of pandemic destinations, Mexico is a fairly good choice. (Keep in mind, however, that travel anywhere has an elevated risk these days.) It has fairly lax coronavirus travel restrictions, travelers won’t have to worry about proof of vaccination or getting a negative test for entry.
Plus, Mexico offers travelers plenty to do. You’ll find beach resorts, exciting cities, and tiny towns. What you do all depends on your travel style — and risk tolerance.
We have a soft spot for Mexico’s exciting capital, Mexico City. Here, you’ll find tons to do no matter how you like to travel.
Things to do in Mexico City range from enjoying world-class food to exploring the sprawling Chapultepec Park to spending a day in one of the city’s spectacular museums. Plus, the city contains some truly fantastic neighborhoods. No matter where you stay in Mexico City, you’re in for a treat.
Mexico City is urban, and dense, which means there's an elevated risk for the coronavirus. However, the city also has plenty of gorgeous outdoor space.
It's the kind of place where local advice can be especially helpful. This has always been true — Mexico City is huge and always changing, and no one knows it like the people who live there. But it's especially helpful during the pandemic.
Local insights are especially valuable during the coronavirus pandemic. It can be hard to navigate pandemic requirements from afar, especially since they’re constantly shifting. But when you know someone on the ground, they can let you know what to expect.
In fact, they can keep in constant contact with you before and during your trip. That means that if something changes, they can let you know. And they can help you prepare for things like vaccine requirements for restaurants and bars, or what to know about going to a soccer game.
Beyond that, locals in Mexico can let you know what to do once you get there. All the top 10 lists from before the pandemic are out of date. But locals can let you know which restaurants have amazing outdoor seating, which places have sadly closed (and happily reopened), and which bars are current local favorites.
Basically, they can help you plan a trip based on how things are in Mexico right now. Not only can our locals in Mexico design a trip that fits your travel style to a T, but they can also come up with an itinerary that matches your risk tolerance.
So — are you ready to have a local plan your trip? Connect with one today and get started.
Where else is open for travel? Check out our articles on if Americans can go to Puerto Rico, what the rules are for Americans going to Cuba, and if Americans can travel to Portugal.