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Travel to Mexico during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

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Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases continue to be high worldwide. Health officials warn that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stop the transmission. Below is information on what you can know if you plan to travel, last updated on March 19th.

(CNN) – If you plan to do so travel in Mexico, this is what you need to know and expect if you want to visit it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Mexico is open to travelers. No negative PCR proof or quarantine is required upon arrival, although most resorts require guests to complete health questionnaires. He land border between Mexico and the United States is closed for non-essential trips at least until April 21st. However, it is allowed to travel by plane.

What is offered?

Amazing food, sensational beaches, lively villages and historic remains. While Cancun’s beach resorts attract most visitors, those who want more than just flying and flying seek the cultural weight of Mexico City, the Baja California coast, and traditional cities like Oaxaca.

Who can go

Mexico currently has some of the loosest border restrictions, with anyone allowed to travel by plane for business or leisure.

What are the restrictions?

Travelers to the country must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival. There is no need to take any tests before departure or to take any form of quarantine. Those interested who may have symptoms should ask for them International Health health organization.

The land border with the United States remains closed to all but essential travel, while the southern border with Guatemala has also been periodically closed.

What is the Covid situation?

Mexico had registered more than 2.1 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 196,000 died on March 19 (although some believe the actual figures are higher). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been attacked for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus. The restrictions have not been far-reaching and life has returned to normal for many, which critics say has led to high mortality and infection rates.

What can visitors expect?

Mexico has one four-level traffic light system of restrictions, with maximum restrictions of red color, limiting capacity of orange color to the public spaces and to the work to 30%, yellow that allows to resume all the work and to make public meetings, and green means that there are no restrictions. See a color-coded map here.

As of March 19, most states were classified as yellow with some orange and green designations. The states of Chiapas and Campeche, in southern Mexico, and the state of Sonora, in northern Mexico, were classified as green. No state was classified as red.

Quintana Roo, home to the most popular tourist destinations in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, was listed as yellow. Mexico City, still designated as orange, has taken strict measures, with fluctuating restrictions on restaurants and bars.

Visitors are likely to find the situation different depending on where they travel, with different local restrictions.

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Find out how Mexico is trying to balance its health needs in the face of an economy heavily dependent on tourism by clicking here.

Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Forrest Brown and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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