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Mexico has quickly 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 brings in almost 50 million tourists a year making it the 7th most visited country in the world prior to the pandemic. 

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 72-hour negative Covid test 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. 

Beach in Cancun, Mexico (1)
Beach in Cancun, Mexico

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

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

Health Form

Like most other nations, Mexico now requires a completed Health Declaration Form be filled out before entry into the country. 

The online form is easy to fill out. Once you are done, it will display a QR code. Take a screenshot of this or print it out, as you will need to show it at the airport.

Have the form ready before the airport security screening as it will be checked before being allowed to proceed. 

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 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 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 their 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 and travelers could face steep fines or jail time for violations

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

Mazatlan: The wearing of face masks in required in all public space

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

A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available. Mexico has not announced any plans to make a proof of vaccine record (POVR) mandatory for entry in the future. 

Mexico is expected to vaccinate its population for COVID-19 throughout 2021 starting with the most at risk age groups. 

Mayan Temple pyramid of Kukulkan - Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Mayan Temple pyramid of Kukulkan - Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Visa Entry Requirements For Mexico During COVID-19

All travelers will still need to follow Mexico visa requirements.

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

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 millions of tourists since reopening in June. 

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 

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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



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