Update: The Governor of Baja California Sur has announced that Los Cabos will officially reopen for tourism on June 15th.
The Los Cabos Tourism Board has announced the plan to reopen the city to international tourists starting in June.
*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Mexico federal government. Be sure to check with local and state authorities before traveling.
The Tourism Board has created a reopening plan, which covers international travelers and new health and safety guidelines in collaboration with hotels, restaurants and travel operators across the destination.
Cabo has been closed to tourism since April 7th, when Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board closed the destination to all tourists.
Since 80 percent of all international arrivals to Los Cabos comes from the U.S. (60 percent from California), the tourism board, local authorities and hotels are working together to build confidence from travelers.
They have now unveiled part of their five-phase reopening plan starting on June 1 and going until March in 2021, when the destination expects a projected recovery in bookings of 80 percent.
To date, the destination is projecting a decrease in travel arrivals of 35 percent in 2020, which represents almost 1 million travelers to the destination.
In their approach, the Los Cabos Tourism Board is paying close attention to the U.S.’ and individual states’ reopening plans, and the U.S. Travel Association travel projections.
The board will continue to evalutate the evolution of COVID-19 in Mexico to ensure the reopening plan is aligned to the market needs and trends.
Here is summary of the Cabo reopening phases, which shed some light into what the future of international travel to Mexico might look like:
- Phase I (June) — Limit travel activity with focus on implementation of the health and safety standards and compliance across the destination
- Phase II (July) — Opening of the international terminal and resuming international visitation
- Phase III (August to September) — Slowly recovering national and international arrivals, especially among the reservations that were postponed from March and April to a later time
- Phase IV (October to December) — Luxury travelers to return to the destination along with groups and travelers from Canada and the U.K.; 60 percent of bookings projected by EOY
- Phase V (Q1 of 2021) — 60 percent air connectivity projected to be restored along with 80 percent of bookings projected to recover by early 2021.
Note: The U.S.-Mexico border remains closed through at least May 20, according to U.S. Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Whether this will be extended has yet to be announced.
The tourism board will soon be announcing a comprehensive set of health and safety guidelines that are being implemented and/or enhanced at the airport, transportation operators, restaurants, travel operators and hotels to ensure a consistent safety plan for all travelers.
The Mexico General Health Council with approval from the Mexican president is also launching a reactivation plan for the reopening of Mexico starting on June 1st. The four light system will allow cities and states to open that have low contagion of Covid-19 cases.
The system consists of four colors (red, orange, yellow and green) and depending on each, will determine the activities that can be reactivated.
On Wednesday morning, Graciela Márquez, head of the Ministry of Economy said that 269 municipalities in 15 states will return to normal activities on May 18, dubbing them “municipalities of hope”.
With the recent announcements of a staged reopening, many tourists have been left wondering if they are safe to start booking vacations in Mexico for the summer.
Here is a complete guide to Mexico’s reopening plan and everything you need to know.