What are the restrictions for foreign tourists in Mexico right now?
Mexico has opened its borders to tourists, but the number of COVID-19 cases in the country remains consistently high, especially in tourist areas. Despite this, tourists continue to arrive without any restrictions, without quarantine and mandatory testing. Only a few states impose local restrictions
Mexico is open to tourists from all over the world. Before traveling, you must fill out a medical declaration form and present the resulting QR code upon arrival.
Passengers arriving at Mexican airports undergo random medical examinations, including temperature checks. Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 are monitored and quarantined.
Mexico has been red-listed by several countries. So, anyone arriving from Mexico to the UK will have to go through isolation in a government-approved hotel for 10 days upon return.
So, if someone has signs of COVID-19 upon arrival, he can either be put on a return flight, or quarantined, or … released to a resort. Recently, the government increasingly prefers preventive measures: maintaining a safe distance and washing hands, in some parts of the country there is still a mandatory wearing of masks.
Mexico is one of the few countries in the world that does not require mandatory testing or self-isolation upon arrival. However, this does not mean that everything is as usual.
The country has introduced a four-tier system (semáforo), depending on the severity of COVID-19 disease in different states. The green level is where the statistics on new cases of the disease are minimal, and, accordingly, the least restrictions for tourists. On the contrary, the places where COVID-19 is most severe, and the restrictions are the most severe, are colored red.
The traffic light system is updated every two weeks, and the current restrictions are valid until September 5 … However, the Mexican government warns that the assessment of the situation in each location can be changed as soon as possible and without warning – if the situation so requires.