Cancun and the state of Quintana Roo have announced they are ready to meet travelers needs in regards to the new mandatory testing rules set out by the U.S. government.
The Secretary of tourism and the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo said they have 15,000 antigen tests available per day ready for U.S. travelers returning home.
New U.S. Testing Requirement Begins January 26th
Starting January 26th, all international travelers arriving in the United States will be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 antigen test no older than 72 hours. This includes American travelers returning home.
Tests will need to be presented to the airline upon check in before being allowed to board the plane.
60% Of Hotels Will Have On Site Testing Available
State Tourism Promotion Council Head, Darío Flota Ocampo said that 60% of hotels now have on-site testing available and a majority of hotels are providing free tests to their guest staying longer than 3 nights.
Dozens of Clinics Available For Testing and Mobile Testing
Travelers staying in alternative accommodations such as Airbnb’s and vacation rentals will be able to access dozens of clinics now set up throughout the Mexican Caribbean to provide American travelers with Antigen tests.
Quintana Roo Tourism Board Confirms Americans Will Have Access To Tests
In an email provided to Travel Off Path, Dario Flota Ocampo, Director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board confirmed that American travelers can have peace of mind knowing that testing will be available.
“As the world’s leading destinations for North American tourists, we have the capacity to carry out all the necessary tests for our visitors,” Ocampo stated.
Biden Announces New Quarantine Measures
United States President, Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will require all international passengers to quarantine upon arrival. While the full details are not yet confirmed, the new quarantine measures are in addition to the testing requirements. The quarantine is expected to be in line with the CDC’s recommendation of 7-10 days. The new announcement came as a shock to Americans headed for Cancun.
Joseph Tan from Houston told Travel Off Path in an interview that he will be forced to cancel his trip. “I can’t afford an extra week off to quarantine,” Tan said.
International Travel In Doubt For Americans
With the tightening of travel restrictions including mandatory testing and now a quarantine upon returning home, Americans are now facing tough choices when it comes to planning a trip. For many travelers, the extra time required to quarantine will no longer allow for a quick winter getaway.
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