If you thought your plans for a much-needed vacation would be scuppered by the pandemic, think again: Mexico’s open. International visitors won’t need to quarantine or test on arrival and, although the land border between the US and Mexico remains closed for now, air travel is permitted. With its fabulous beaches, fascinating ruins, rich cultural heritage, and of course all that delicious food, there’s plenty of reasons to book a post-pandemic summer getaway in Mexico.
If you’re looking for a summer getaway that’s COVID-safe, here’s what you need to know when traveling to Mexico post-pandemic.
It’s a great time to travel to Mexico
Some travelers are cautious when it comes to trips away from home, but that’s good news for those who are keen to go away, as the lack of crowds is making peak season travel an enticing prospect. If summer crowds and price hikes usually fill you with dread, you’ll be pleased to learn that this year it’s going to be a little different. In response to last year’s faltering consumer confidence, flights and hotels right now are competitively priced, meaning you can upgrade your vacation without having to increase your budget.
Demand is steadily building and airlines are adding new flights to their schedules. The airport experience is better than you could imagine – while flights remain below 2019 levels, fewer tourists will mean that those long lines for immigration aren’t likely to return any time soon. As the vaccine rollout continues, more people will be traveling, so get ahead of the pack and choose to travel this early summer.
Be reassured by Mexico’s COVID-safe measures
Mexico’s state governments have been working hard to ensure that those who want to travel can do so safely. As an example, Los Cabos was the first travel destination in the world to gain Sharecare VERIFIED™ with Forbes Travel Guide accreditation. Throughout Los Cabos, testing is available at all major resorts. PCR and antigen tests are available and cost from as little as $60. This CDC-approved program takes the stress out of preparing to fly home to the US or Canada, allowing you to get on and enjoy your vacation.
COVID-safe measures have also been adopted in Quintana Roo, home to perennial favorites such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Hotels are permitted to operate at 60% capacity, as are the theme parks and water parks that make this part of Mexico such fun for visitors. Though bars and nightclubs remain closed for the time being, restaurants are open with only a few restrictions. Hotels are offering PCR tests; $15 antigen tests are also available at Cancun airport with results delivered in as little as 30 minutes.
Across the country in Puerto Vallarta, hotels can operate with a capacity of 66% of guests; expect temperature checks, hand washing routines and mask-wearing in public spaces indoors. So long as your party numbers are no more than six, you can enjoy a meal at a restaurant; they’re permitted 50% of covers. Nightclubs and bars face stricter controls – 33% of the normal limit – but can remain open until 3am. Golf clubs, hotel gyms, spas, beach clubs and tours are all open for business too.
Immediately to the north in Riviera Nayarit, different state rules come into play, but it’s still good news for would-be visitors. The hospitality sector is open; hotels, restaurants, bars, beaches and tours can all open at a 50% capacity and with no curfew. The state has been awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp in response to its effective health and hygiene protocols.
Keep abreast of current data
The number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico continues to drop from the January peak. Mexico’s federal government publishes updates by state every other week. It uses an easy to understand four-tier traffic light system which enables travelers to identify what the current situation is like in the part of the country they wish to explore.
According to the most recent data, covering cases up to March 31st, 25 of Mexico’s 32 states are classified as being in the lowest two tiers. Seven, including Nayarit, Jalisco and Campeche, fall into the green category; none are red. More areas look set to join them over the coming weeks and months. That’s welcome news for both domestic and international travelers.
So why not book yourself a post-pandemic summer vacation getaway in Mexico? After the year we’ve all had, don’t you deserve it?
Kaloyan Valentinov Danchev is the founder and president of a luxury travel firm, Fidelis Marketing Group. It is a business group that sells tourist facilities of the highest quality and tours to the best attractions of the locations in which we have presence.
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