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Mexico returns to normality in 2019 for visitors
Mexico, the world’s most popular travel destination throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has now fallen all COVID-19 entry requirements as of January 1, 2022. El Salvador was the first country in the world to drop all entry requirements related to COVID-19 in November 2021, with Mexico now joining El Salvador as the second country in the world to drop all entry restrictions. entry related to covid.
Unlike most countries in the world, Mexico has kept its borders open throughout the pandemic. As a result, it has become the most popular destination in the world since 2020.
Changes in restrictions
Before January 1, 2022, Mexico still had a health questionnaire required for all flights, including international and domestic flights. Mexican authorities called it the Vuela Seguro.
The form asked health-related questions, such as whether the passenger has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous two weeks. The questionnaire would also ask if travelers have had coughs, fever and other symptoms related to COVID-19.
After travelers complete the digital form, they are given a QR code to scan at the airport. This would allow the passenger to pass through security freely, without the security of the airport subjecting them to an additional check if the answers to the questionnaires contradicted the health measures of the authority.
Since January 1, 2022, Mexico has officially abandoned this form.
Therefore, Mexico has no COVID-19 entry requirement. Visiting Mexico is now no different from visiting Mexico in 2019.
Travel Off Path asked a reporter to take a domestic and international flight to Mexico to check if the Vuela Seguro form was still being used. During the two flights, the Mexican authorities did not request the health questionnaire. IATA also officially deleted all requirements for entry to Mexico, which previously had the form listed as mandatory.
In addition, local authorities have started report on the deletion of the health questionnaire 4 weeks ago. Mexico’s Health Prevention and Promotion Secretary Hugo López-Gatell has indicated that the country will stop requiring the anti-COVID-19 health questionnaire because it does not provide scientific utility and is slowing down airport processes.
Although the official Vuela Seguro website is still active for the time being, airports no longer require you to fill out the form.
But what about restrictions in Mexico?
Restrictions are low throughout Mexico. However, different states impose different measures, depending on the current situation within the state. Mexico has divided its 32 states into a four-level color coding system.
- Red level – The highest risk of COVID-19 and only essential activities are allowed
- Orange Level – High risk level, with more stringent limitations on social and business activities
- Yellow level – Lower risk level, with a moderate level of restrictions
- Green level – Very low risk level, where people can resume their daily activities
Currently, no state in Mexico is classified in the red category. So, most places across Mexico are open without restrictions. Although some locations may have capacity limitations depending on the condition. Many popular tourist destinations in Mexico, including Cancun, are currently “yellow”, which may result in reduced capacity for accommodation, restaurants, bars, etc.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, noted during a press conference that Mexico does not intend to ask tourists or residents for proof of vaccination for private businesses or public spaces. However, some states may introduce proof of vaccination in the future. For example, the law in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, currently requires proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and bars, although it is hardly ever enforced.
Americans, regardless of their immunization status, will need a negative covid test result before returning to the United States. The cost of an antigen test ranges from $ 20 to $ 60 and in some cases may be covered by the hotel or resort.
Mexico’s airports are busier than ever
Since Mexico has been the king of tourism throughout the pandemic, international arrivals are in fact exceeding 2019 levels and setting new records. Tourists should be prepared for delays, both arriving and departing from Mexican airports, especially Cancun.
Watch out for snowbirds and long-stay tourists
Another situation that long-stay tourists must be prepared for the time they may receive on their tourist visa card. Mexico has a long-standing policy of automatically granting 180 days to arriving foreign tourists, but over the past year this has not always been the case. Rather, the 180 days some snowbirds wait are 15, 30, or 60 days, with the alleged aim of cracking down on those who abuse the immigration system, encouraging them to apply for residency instead.
The current COVID-19 situation in Mexico: 01/11/2022
Mexico, like the rest of the world, is currently experiencing a wave of COVID-19. the 7-day case average amounts to 18,846; this is a significant increase from the 7-day average of 2,756 cases two weeks ago. However, Mexico has not applied any other restrictions since the start of the Omicron wave.
As travelers, we all hope that COVID-19 restrictions end in 2022. While travel is easier, some places, particularly Asia and Oceania, have incredibly tight COVID-19 restrictions.
The end of all entry conditions for COVID-19 by Mexico is a return to normalcy for the world.
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