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.
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.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Quarantines are NOT required for travelers entering Mexico. Visitors are free to explore as soon as they arrive.
Mexico’s ‘VuelaSeguro’ form has been discontinued as of January 1, 2022.
No form is needed.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Tourism in Mexico
Mexico Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Fill out the online Health Declaration Card. Have the QR code on your phone or form printed out before arriving at the airport.
- Check if your country requires a visa to visit Mexico
- Follow all mask and social distancing policies
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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