With a coastline of over 9,300 kilometers, a mix of colorful and interesting cities and some of the most breathtaking nature on the continent, Mexico is high on the wish list of many intrepid travelers.
In fact, Mexico is the 2nd most visited country in the Americas, with 45 million international tourist arrivals in 2019 – and almost 10% of the country’s GDP comes from tourism.
With statistics like these, it’s no wonder Mexico has been actively trying to keep its tourism industry afloat despite the pandemic. Besides its lax entry requirements, Mexico has made enjoying the country effortless thanks to its infrastructure, easy-to-obtain travel authorization (also known as the Mexico Tourist Card), and convenient tourist services.
If you are planning a Mexico vacation soon, be sure to keep the following information in mind.
Situation of COVID-19 in Mexico
Although the pandemic has overwhelmed many countries around the world, Mexico has been relatively spared.
In fact, Mexico has seen three major waves, but the total number of new cases has remained minimal compared to the overall population. It wasn’t until the fourth wave, in January 2022, when the country peaked at nearly 110,000 new cases per day.
Fortunately, Mexico “beat” the fourth wave, and the average number of new cases fluctuates between one and two thousand per day. More than 65% of the population received at least one dose; 62% are fully vaccinated and 35% have received the booster dose.
Current entry restrictions for Mexico
Thanks to its low case count and focus on tourism, Mexico has some of the most lax border restrictions in the world.
At this time, there are absolutely no travel restrictions to enter Mexico: there is no need for PCR or antigen testing, no need to undergo quarantine, and travelers do not have no need to complete a health declaration form. These restrictions apply to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, different regions of Mexico may have their own requirements. For this reason, it is best to check with the local tourist office or with the hotel or resort you have booked beforehand.
After making sure everything is checked, the second thing to keep in mind is to make sure you have a valid travel document to enter Mexico. This can take the form of an eVisa (electronic visa authorization) or a regular visa.
Similarly, all travelers must carry an FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple, or multiple migration form) if they wish to enter Mexico. This form was introduced by the Mexican government as a way to keep track of all visitors to the country and can easily be requested on the internet.
The FMM is valid for a single entry and allows its holder to stay in the country for up to 180 days. Best of all, the FMM can be used for many purposes, including sightseeing, conducting business, and visiting family. The FMM is not valid for employment or study, and travelers wishing to do so should contact the nearest Mexican embassy for further information.
Once travelers have appropriate travel authorization and have completed their Forma Migratoria Múltiple, they are ready to travel to Mexico.
National restrictions related to COVID-19 in Mexico
Similar to its entry requirements, domestic restrictions in Mexico are also at a minimum.
There are no curfews, no restrictions on intercity travel and no mask mandates. In fact, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, noted that his country had has entered a “new stage” and that residents have learned to live with the pandemic.
Likewise, transportation hubs like Mexico City International Airport (the busiest airport in the country) have returned to normal and are operating near their pre-pandemic levels.
According to a recent travel study, the most popular destinations in Mexico during the pandemic included Cancun, Tulum and Mexico City – which are still popular to this day. Other contenders include the rising cities of Mérida, Oaxaca, Cabo San Lucas and Guadalajara.
However, the country’s health ministry, in partnership with Sanidad Internacional, has advised locals and visitors to follow some basic tips to maintain health and safety.
This includes registering with your embassy or consulate before you travel, as well as washing and/or sanitizing your hands frequently, maintaining social distancing where possible, and seeking treatment if you present. symptoms. Visitors with medical conditions or over the age of 65 are also encouraged to wear a mask just in case.
Travelers who must provide a negative COVID-19 test to return home will be pleased to know that Mexico has many testing centers. There are more than a hundred accredited laboratories nationwide that offer both PCR and antigen testing.