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U.S. State Department Updates Level 3 Travel Advisory For Mexico

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The U.S Depart of State has updated its Mexico travel advisory and has decided to keep Mexico at Level Three: Reconsider Travel. In recent weeks, many popular destinations for U.S travelers have changed to Level Four: Do Not Travel. 

Mexico has been a popular travel destination for American tourists throughout the pandemic because restrictions have remained low since March 2020.

Currently, travelers don’t need to show proof of vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, unlike many destinations worldwide. 

The Level 3 Travel Advisory 

The U.S Department of State warns tourists that violent crime, such as kidnapping, robbery, and carjacking, is widespread throughout Mexico. 

The U.S Department of State says the following states are ‘do not travel’ areas due to crime and kidnapping:

  • Colima state
  • Guerrero state
  • Michoacan state
  • Sinaloa state
  • Tamaulipas state

The U.S Department of State also suggests reconsidering travel to the following states due to crime and/or kidnapping:

  • Aguascalientes state
  • Baja California Sur state
  • Chiapas state 
  • Hidalgo state 
  • Mexico City 
  • Nuevo Leon state
  • Oaxaca state 
  • Puebla state 
  • Queretaro state 
  • Quintana Roo state 
  • San Luis Potosi state 
  • Tabasco state 
  • Tlaxcala state
  • Veracruz state

The U.S Department of State suggests exercising increased caution when traveling to the following states due to crime and/or kidnapping 

  • Aguascalientes state
  • Baja California Sur state
  • Chiapas state
  • Hidalgo state 
  • Mexico City 
  • Nuevo Leon
  • Oaxaca state 
  • Puebla state
  • Queretaro state 
  • Quintana Roo state
  • San Luis Potosi state 
  • Tabasco state
  • Tlaxcala state 
  • Veracruz state 

However, the U.S Department of State suggests citizens should exercise normal precautions when visiting Yucatan state and Campeche state. In addition, the U.S Department of State gives travelers the following tips:

  • Exercise caution in bars, nightclubs, and casinos 
  • Be vigilant when visiting ATMs or banks 
  • Use toll roads and avoid driving alone at night 
  • Do not wear expensive watches or show signs of wealth 

The CDC Travel Advisory 

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The CDC has designated Mexico as a Level Three: High-Risk destination for COVID-19. They also suggest travelers should be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico, and unvaccinated travelers should avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico. 

They also suggest travelers should follow recommendations within Mexico, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others. The CDC states that all travelers boarding a flight to the United States require a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before arrival. 

The Current Level Of COVID-19 Cases 

COVID-19 Mask In Tulum

Mexico currently has a 7-day case average of 2,928. However, this is a sharp decrease from the 7-day case average of 19,000 in September.

Mexico has currently fully vaccinated 50.9% of its population since the pandemic began. Mexico has had around 3.9 million COVID-19 cases and 296,000 deaths during the pandemic. 

Entry Requirements For U.S Travelers 

Although there are no entry restrictions for U.S travelers visiting Mexico, all U.S travelers will have to complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code generated by the health declaration form on arrival. 

The Current COVID-19 Restrictions Within Mexico 

COVID-19 tests in Tulum

Mexico currently operates a four-tier traffic light system. However, as of December 10, all but five states were green. Popular tourist destinations, such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen are on the green list. There are no restrictions in place in areas on the green list.

Currently, Baja California and Baja California Sur are on the yellow list. Therefore, life is back to normal with some restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing. There are no Mexican states on the orange or red list.

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Christian

Saturday 11th of December 2021

The US department of State has kept their travel advisory to level 3 because they are scared that more people will defy it and travel to Mexico. Since most people don’t care about their recommendations, they try to keep it discreet.