Traveling to Mexico is safer than you think (apart from Covid)

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Mexico has gotten a lot of negative attention on the safety front in recent years. And certainly, it’s true that parts of the country have been plagued by a recent increase in cartel-associated violent crime.

Most of them you are unlikely to visit, but to be honest there have been high-profile safety issues in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Tulum recently.

Still, let’s be clear about one thing: traveling in most of Mexico is generally very safe.

Millions of tourists visit Mexico every year, and violent incidents against tourists are actually very rare at a statistical level.


Tourism is big business here and the government puts a lot of resources into ensuring the safety of visitors – especially in popular places like the Riviera Maya, Mexico City, Cabo, etc.


Mexico is open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. There are health screenings at airports.

The land border between Mexico and the United States has been reopened to nonessential travel since November 8, 2021.

Since December 6, all American air travelers 2 and older returning to the US need a negative Covid-19 test taken within one day of their departing flight, regardless of vaccination status. It’s part of a general tightening of US travel rules because of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The US Embassy says results for PCR and antigen tests are reliably available within 24 hours in Mexico.

As of January 14, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintained Mexico’s travel advisory rating at level 3 — “high” risk. Level 4 is a “very high” risk. The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.


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What’s on offer

You’ll find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming towns, and historical remains. While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the bulk of visitors, those who want more than a fly and flop go for Mexico City’s cultural heft, the coastline of Baja California, and traditional towns such as Oaxaca.

Who can go

Mexico has had some of the world’s loosest border restrictions with anyone allowed to travel by air for business or leisure.

What are the restrictions?

Travelers to the country must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival. There is no need to take a test before departure or undertake any form of quarantine. Those concerned they may have symptoms should ask for the Sanidad Internacional health organization.

Some Mexican states or cities might have tighter restrictions. For instance, there’s Jalisco state, where the popular Pacific Coast resort town of Puerto Vallarta is located.

Jalisco Gov. Enrique Alfaro has announced that as of January 14, citizens will be required to have a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours to enter some recreational spaces.

These include casinos, bars, clubs, stadiums, concerts, event spaces, convention centers, and large events. See the order (in Spanish) here.

Tourists may want to inquire with their hotels or resorts about any local directives before committing to plans.

What’s the Covid situation?

Mexico has had around 4.26 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 301,000 deaths as of January 14 (although some believe the actual numbers are higher). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under fire for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus. Restrictions have not been far-reaching and life has gone on as normal for many, which critics say has led to high death and infection rates.

As of January 14, Mexico had administered almost 148.9 million doses of vaccine, or about 114 doses per 100 people.

Source: Reportur

Mexico Daily Post