Usually around this time of year many North Americans are already planning their winter getaway to Mexico. 35 million Americans and Canadians visit Mexico every winter packing beaches and resorts around the country.
But this year is going to be different, very different. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many are asking the same question of when it will be safe to visit Mexico again?
There is no definitive answer to that question but there are signs that will tell us it's time to pack our swim trunks and escape to sunny Mexico.
A quick warning that my wife and I are traveling trailblazers so our comfort levels may differ from others. Here are the signs we're watching for before we'll return to our winter paradise in Mexico.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad
Top 6 Signs That Will Tell Us It's Safe To Return to Mexico Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic
1. The United States and Canada Have Lifted Their Level 3 and 4 Travel Advisories
Canada currently has a level three travel advisory in place to avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico. This need to be reduced to a level 2 ‘exercise a high degree of caution' before Canadians plan any Mexico vacations.
The United States currently has a level four travel advisory in place which is their highest warning of ‘do not travel‘ to Mexico. This will need to be reduced to a level three ‘reconsider your need to travel' before Americans plan their trips south.
2. You Can Get Travel Insurance That Includes Covid-19 Coverage
Most major travel insurance providers do NOT cover any losses due to Covid-19 if there is a level 3 or 4 government travel advisory in place.
Since Canada and the United States both have warnings to avoid all international travel including Mexico, major insurance companies such as Allianz DO NOT cover any Covid-19 losses.
3. Mexico Has Opened The U.S Land Border
The land border crossing was closed to all non-essential traffic between Mexico and the United States on March 21st and was recently extended for another 30 days until May 19th.
The closure will then be reviewed and could be extended further. Until the land border crossing reopens to non essential traffic, it's a strong sign that Mexico is still off-limits.
4. Hotels and Beaches Have Reopened In Mexico
5. Non-Essential Businesses Have Reopened
On March 31st, Mexico’s Secretary of Health published a resolution in Mexico Official Gazette ordering the closure of all non-essenital businesses. This includes all restaurants and tourism related businesses.
When non-essential businesses such as tour companies and restaurants begin operating again, it's a strong sign Mexico is ready to start receiving tourists.
6. The Number of New Cases of Covid-19 In Mexico Slows To a Trickle
Once the number new cases of Covid-19 in Mexico slows down to only a few per day, it could show the country has a handle on the outbreak. This doesn't guarantee that a second wave of the disease won't emerge.
We are planning on returning to our winter home in Mazatlán on September 1st. We'll be watching for the above signs to know it's safe again to travel to Mexico.