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Mexico: COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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Mexico has become one of the most popular travel destinations during the pandemic due to having some of the easiest COVID-19 entry requirements in the world. 

Its stunning beaches, tropical climate, vast history, and vibrant culture bring in almost 50 million tourists a year making it the 7th most visited country in the world prior to the pandemic.

Mexico has had some of the easiest entry requirements throughout all of 2020 and 2021, and in 2022 they have removed ALL covid-related entry requirements entirely.

An aerial view of Puerto Vallarta bay from a parachute ride.

Countries Allowed To Enter Mexico

Travelers from ALL countries arriving by air are allowed to enter Mexico.

(Visa requirements still in effect for countries that require one)

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

Mexico does NOT require a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen for entry.

Testing to Return Home

Now that the USA, Canada and UK all require negative Covid tests in order for travelers to return home, all major tourism hubs in Mexico have testing facilities to help with this requirement. Some hotels are offering free tests for guests, while others help guests obtain a test for a fee. 

Cancun Beach Aerial View

Quarantine Entry Requirements

Quarantines are NOT required for travelers entering Mexico. Visitors are free to explore as soon as they arrive.

Health Form

Mexico’s ‘VuelaSeguro’ form has been discontinued as of January 1, 2022. 

No form is needed.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Flight Connectivity to Mexico

Mexico has some of the best connectivity in the world right now. For those looking for fast non-stop flights to Mexico check the Cancun International Airport. Every major city in the United States and Canada is now offering non-stop flights.

Large cities in Europe and even far-flung destinations like Istanbul have also added direct flights to the tourism hotspot of Cancun. 

Travelers have been flocking to both Cancun and Mexico City as the two main entry airports for Mexico. 

Mexico Beach in Tulum

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

Travelers are NOT required to carry travel insurance for entry into Mexico but visitors are highly encouraged to carry medical insurance that covers COVID-19 while in Mexico. 

Traditional Dancers in Puerto Vallarta
Traditional Dancers in Puerto Vallarta

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Mexico

All visitors must abide by the following COVID-19 health requirements while in Mexico:

Each individual state has its own health protocols including the mandatory use of masks and proper social distancing.

Here are a few of the top destinations:

Cancun:  Face masks are mandatory outside of resorts 

Puerto Vallarta: The use of face masks are required in public spaces

Los Cabos: The wearing of face masks in businesses and public spaces has been deemed mandatory

Tulum: Masks are mandatory, but rarely enforced

Playa Del Carmen: Masks are now mandatory in all public spaces

Mazatlan: The wearing of face masks is required in all public spaces

Cabo San Lucas Los Arcos, Mexico

Mexico and U.S. Land Border

The land border between the United States and Mexico is closed to all non-essential traffic

While many U.S. travelers have reported crossing the land border into Mexico without any problems, this has not been publicly supported by the Mexican government. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements

Mexico has not announced any plans to make a proof of vaccine record mandatory for entry in the future. 

Potential Regional Restrictions

As of 2022, there are a few states trying to enforce local vaccine passports. The state of Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is) is asking those over 18 attending clubs, stadiums, or large events either have proof of being fully vaccinated, or a 48-hour negative test. (shops, hotels, gyms, etc are not included) The state of Tlaxcala is trying to enforce a vaccine passport for hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. Baja California has recommended businesses should ask, but reports are it’s rarely enforced. The city of Mazatlan tried to enforce a vaccine passport in 2021, but it dissolved after just a few weeks.

These Resorts In Mexico Will Include Free Testing For American Travelers

Mexico’s Visa Requirements

Many countries are able to visit Mexico for a period of up to 180 days without a visa.

Visa Note: During the second half of 2021, as Mexico saw a record number of tourists, they have been cracking down on passengers abusing the 180-day tourist visa and reports are showing some tourists are only receiving 30 or 60 days.

Unsure if you need a visa to visit Mexico? Refer to the government page to find out.

Mexico embassies and consulates are once again issuing visas. Complete and print the visa application form. Then submit the form to the Mexico embassy in your home country.

Hubiku Cenote, Valladolid - Mexico
Hubiku Cenote, Valladolid – Mexico

Tourism in Mexico

Mexico has quickly become one of the top destinations to visit during the pandemic. With its relaxed entry requirements, Mexico has already seen record number of tourists since reopening. 

Mexico Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Fill out the online Health Declaration Card. Have the QR code on your phone or form printed out before arriving at the airport. 
  2. Check if your country requires a visa to visit Mexico
  3. Follow all mask and social distancing policies 

Read More: 

Is It Safe To Visit Mexico During COVID-19?

Countries That Have Reopened For American Tourists

Countries That Have Reopened For Canadian Tourists

Complete List of Countries Reopening For Tourism

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

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Sources: Mexico Government/ U.S. Department of State

Disclaimer: Current Mexico travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally published August 20, 2020 with updates


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demetrio

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

1.Am planning to visit Mexico in 2-3 weeks ,about Health form(Vuela Seguro) is there any official announcement from the Mexican goverment. 2.My trip is gonna last 2-3 months as a backpacker with a return ticket do i have a problem in the imigration because i have read a lot about giving a week or a few days tourist permit etc. As backpacker i cannot have prefixed plan with accomodition and do they ask a bank statement?I am not the guy who wants to live in a tourist permit for 180 days.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 20th of January 2022

The health form has been discontinued, see this article (Click HERE to read) As for immigration, it's up to the individual agent I'm afriad. There are not set in stone rules right now. You could get 7 days, you could get 180 days. Having a return ticket and some sort of plan helps, but they will still make that final call on the spot. Try and slow them down to explain your plans and good luck

Rans7

Saturday 25th of December 2021

Hi, does Mexico have face covering excemptions and are they honoured??

Thank you

Steph

Monday 6th of December 2021

I am due to travel to Mexico tomorrow form the UK. I have completed my 10 days quarantine after testing positive for covid and have no symptoms. On the health declaration form this means I will of tested positive in the last 14 days (although recovered). Will I be able to fly/will I have problems when arriving in Mexico? I think it has turned my declaration to “seek medical assistance” Thanks

Kelly

Thursday 6th of January 2022

@Steph, Hi did you get an answer to your question. I am in the exact same situation. I hope to travel to Mexico but will be between 10 & 14 days after testing positive for COVID. Were you able to get to go to Mexico? Please respond as I am not able to find answers anywhere else. THank you Kelly

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 6th of December 2021

I believe the government of Mexico requires you to be covid-free for 14 days, as per the vuela seguro form.

Crystal

Monday 6th of September 2021

I just heard that Mexico,(or some Mexican states) are demanding a vaccine passport. I am Canadian. Is this true and if so, which states? Which cities are requiring vaccine passports for hotels and bars? Sept. 6, 2021

Liana Petrescu

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Hi We are planning a holiday at Cancon, me coming from Romania, my partner from UK We are travelers, full vaccinated, with insurances, USA vissa( only to prove we do not have other intensions, please let us know if there could be any problem at the entrance, at the borders, like there it was in spring with a whole group of tourists, coming organized with a travel agency. We are retired, serous persons coming only for turism Thanks for your time, as in spring nobody answered at the same question Thanks again Lili

Nora

Monday 4th of October 2021

@Kashlee Kucheran, If I wanted to ho to cancun, do they require a test or vaccine to travel there?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Mexico has been open during the entire pandemic and has not banned any countries for entry. There are no tests or vaccine requirements to enter