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Mexico Reopening For Tourism: Everything You Need To Know

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Mexico officially began reopening its vacation destinations for tourism as of June 8th, 2020.

The resort destinations of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos Tulum, Oaxaca and Mazatlan have all reopened their hotels and beaches for tourists.

Mexico reopening beaches

Entering Mexico:

Mexico is among a few select nations that have very few health protocols for entry.

Quarantines: There are currently no quarantine periods for travelers entering Mexico.

PCR & Rapid Covid-19 Testing: Mexico does not  require Covid-19 tests before or after arriving.

Travelers should have valid travel insurance that covers Covid-19 for the duration of their trip. 

Puerto vallarta church and seaview

Countries Allowed To Travel To Mexico

Mexico is allowing all countries to enter the country by air under pre-covid conditions. Regular visa requirements and immigration laws still apply. 

Health Protocols While In Mexico:

Many cities have made the wearing of face masks in public mandatory. Cancun recently made a new law and is now issuing fines for those that refuse to wear a face covering.

Social distancing should be used in all public spaces, hotels, restaurants and beaches

mexico asks foreigners to leave

US and Mexico Land Border

The land border between the United States and Mexico is closed to non-essential traffic but U.S. and Canadian citizens may cross the border if they are returning home.

There are no restrictions on air travel into Mexico.

puerto vallarta bay

Are Hotels Restaurants and Beaches Open?

Most Mexican states are currently operating at 30% capacity to allow for social distancing as per the national guidelines.

Beaches are open for tourists at most resorts but some states have kept their public beaches closed. 

cancun hotels on the beach

Have Flights Resumed To Mexico?

Air travel to Mexico was never completely halted. There is a wide variety of flight options available from major cities in the U.S. and Canada.

cancun beach from above

Covid-19 Pandemic in Mexico

According to the New York Times, Mexico is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, with more than 52,000 confirmed deaths, the third-highest toll of the pandemic.  

As of August 11th, 2020, there have been 492,522 confirmed cases of Covid-19 according to John Hopkins University.

Travel Advisory

The U.S. State Department currently has the following advisories in place for Mexico:

Country: Level 4Do Not Travel due to Covid-19

Regional Crime Advisories:

Level 4 -Do Not Travel To:

  • Colima state due to crime.
  • Guerrero state due to crime.
  • Michoacán state due to crime.
  • Sinaloa state due to crime.
  • Tamaulipas state due to crime and kidnapping.

Level 3 – Reconsider Travel To:

  • Chihuahua state due to crime.
  • Coahuila state due to crime.
  • Durango state due to crime.
  • Jalisco state due to crime.
  • Mexico state due to crime.
  • Morelos state due to crime.
  • Nayarit state due to crime.
  • Nuevo Leon state due to crime.
  • San Luis Potosi state due to crime.
  • Sonora state due to crime.
  • Zacatecas state due to crime.

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Dale Harapat

Friday 15th of January 2021

Can anyone give me an update on Oaxaca? What color status are they? For those that returned recently from Oaxaca, did you have fun and can you give any advice?


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

hello, i am spanish travelling alone for 2 months in mexico (i want to cross the country) . i have been so many times but i am worried about trip reading your article.... is it so dangerous to visit mexico in 2020? crime i mean. thank you very much

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hi Sergio - Everyone needs to make their own decisions on safety during travel. It is a very personal choice.

However, I can tell you my own experience. When I was 18, I travelled around Mexico as a solo-female traveller for months without any incident. Now, as an adult, I spend anywhere from 2 to 6 months a year in the country. I LOVE Mexico. While there are certain areas where one should be more careful than others, I personally have a deep love and connection for the nation.


Monday 26th of October 2020

Hello, I have a question about the questionnaire that people have to fill out before going to Mexico. One of the question is: What coutries or cities have you visited in the last 14 days? Do I also mention my layovers? I live in the Czech Republic and I’m flying Vienna-Amsterdam-Mexico City-Cancun. Do I mention all of the countries and cities or only the Czech Republic and Vienna? Thank you for your help.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 26th of October 2020

I'm really not sure if you list layovers, but since Mexico is allowing all countries to visit, I am not sure it matters


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Are visa required for Canadians and South Koreans to enter Mexico? and what if I have a flight from for example South korea to Dallas Texas then to Mexico city. Having a 1 stopover in Dallas. Would I still be allowed to enter Mexico even if I have stopover in USA to change flights?

Thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Canadians do not need a visa to enter Mexico. I have no idea if South Koreans do or not, you will have to Google that.

As for the layover, US residents are also permitted into Mexico unrestricted (everyone is!) so a layover in the USA will not harm your entry into mexico at all.

parwinder singh

Friday 16th of October 2020

Can Indians also travle Mexico right know is it open for Indians too

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Mexico is open for all