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Is Mexico open for travel? – Latest Mexico Travel restrictions

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Last update: 1/22/2021

Mexico has reopened for tourism and doesn’t have any entry restrictions at the moment so it’s one of the best countries open to tourists. However, tourists visiting Mexico from high-risk COVID-19 countries might be screened at arrival and quarantined if the traveler shows COVID-19 symptoms.

All international flights have resumed in Mexico and most resorts and beaches are open in tourist destinations such as Cancun, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Oaxaca and Playa Del Carmen.

Can I travel to Mexico now?

Mexico reopens borders for all countries without exceptions. Here is a map with the current countries allowed to visit Mexico.

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All countries are allowed to travel to Mexico at the moment.

The only travel ban in Mexico now is the Mexico-US land border.

Mexico COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

The main travel restriction in Mexico is the Mexico-US land border, which is closed except for “essential crossings” until at least December 21st as stated by the US embassy.

There are different categories defined as “essential crossings” like US citizens returning to the United States, individuals traveling for medical purposes, etc. You can see the full list here.

This restriction doesn’t apply for visitors flying, so you can travel to Mexico right now by air.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Mexico?

No, a PCR COVID test is not mandatory for visiting Mexico at this moment. Mexico is open for travel with no mandatory testing requirements. However, you shouldn’t travel to Mexico if you are feeling any symptoms.

Is there any mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Mexico?

There is no mandatory quarantine to travel to Mexico during COVID 19. However, the authorities can require health screenings upon arrival, and if they see any symptoms, direct a mandatory quarantine.

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Mexico COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Is travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage mandatory?

While travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is not mandatory to visit Mexico, it is highly recommended.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 risk in Mexico is high, and they recommend travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Mexico.

If you’re planning to visit Mexico, I strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage for testing and treatment abroad. On our trips during this pandemic, we’ve been using Heymondo. You can see a review of their COVID-19 travel insurance here. Also, you can get a 5% discount on your insurance for being our reader.

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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Mexico

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Mexico.

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Mexico, I recommend keeping a vaccination record or certificate in case Mexico changes its entry requirements.

Other travel restrictions for Mexico during Covid-19

Mexico is open for tourists, but these entry requirements for international travelers are also in place:

  • A completed COVID-19 questionnaire must be completed for immigration upon arrival
  • Possible medical evaluation upon arrival
  • There is no requirement for a passenger locator
  • Wearing face masks in public is mandatory in most cities
  • Social distancing in all public spaces like beaches, hotels, etc.

What is open in Mexico?

Mexico uses a traffic light classification system to determine which states can resume normal activities. You can see the current status of the traffic light system in Mexico here.

Open hotels in Mexico

While green states can return to normal hotel operations at full capacity, yellow states cannot exceed 60% occupancy in their hotels, and orange states cannot exceed 30% occupancy. Red states remain closed to tourism.

For example, the state of Quintana Roo, which is where Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are located, is a yellow state, so its hotels and resorts are operating at 60% capacity. The same applies to Yucatán, Los Cayos de Baja California Sur, and Michoacán, where the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is located.

Open beaches in Mexico

During the ‘orange’ phase, only tourists who are staying in hotels can enjoy the beaches. States in the ‘yellow’ phase have opened their outdoor spaces, such as parks and beaches, but only to 60% capacity and with security measures in place. During this phase, individuals must stay 10 feet apart and wear masks at the entrance to the beach.

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What is open in Mexico?

Currently, there are quite a few open beaches in Mexico. For example, Playa Centro, Playa Norte, and Pet-Friendly Beach in Isla Mujeres are open. El Delfín, Chac Mool, and Las Perlas in Cancun are also open.

So, if you travel to one of Mexico’s yellow states, you’ll find plenty of open beaches.

Open attractions in Mexico

Some archaeological sites in Mexico are already reopening with reduced capacity and mandatory masks.

Teotihuacán, Chichén Itzá, and the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Cobá are some of the pre-Hispanic archaeological sites in Mexico that have already opened to tourism. Even though most main attractions in Mexico aren’t currently reaching maximum capacity, we recommend that you book your tickets in advance.

Open restaurants in Mexico

Depending on their state’s phase, some restaurants in Mexico are opening. For those in yellow states, which is the majority of tourist states, restaurants are operating at 75% occupancy, providing that patrons can maintain a safe distance. There is also a limit of six people per table.

Open airports in Mexico

All airports in Mexico are open, and international flights have resumed. Several airports may have strict security measures, such as thermal cameras, mandatory mask regulations, and reinforced social-distancing signs.

Mexico reopening for International tourism – F.A.Q

Check some FAQ related to Mexico reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, Mexico is open to travel from all the countries in the world without exceptions.

There are currently 48,000+ active cases of COVID-19 in Mexico and 94,000+ deaths as of today. The CDC defines the risk of COVID-19 in Mexico as “Level 3 – High”.   We advise against traveling if you have any pre-existing condition that could pose a risk for severe illness.

The only travel ban in Mexico in place is in the US/Mexico land border.

There is no mandatory quarantine for traveling to Mexico except if the authorities considering it necessary if the traveler shows any symptoms during the health screening upon arrival.

No, at the moment is not mandatory to get a PCR or any other type of COVID-19 test for visiting Mexico.

There is no universal curfew in place in Mexico right now. This can change in the future depending on the COVID-19 evolution in Mexico.

There are currently no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel in Mexico.

Yes, hotels are open in Mexico, specially those in the most touristy areas of the country. 

Yes, Mexico is reopening borders for international flights and all airports are currently open in Mexico. All international flights have resumed in Mexico.

Yes, resorts are open in Mexico but this can change depending on the COVID-19 evolution.

Yes, Cancun was one of the first areas in reopening to tourism in Mexico.

Yes, but in recent months some public beaches were closed in some Mexican States. Check the status before traveling and bear in mind that this can change with a short notice.

Yes, Mexico is open to American tourists traveling by air. The Mexico-US land border is still close for tourism.

Yes, Mexico is open to all Canadian tourists with no quarantine/PCR requirements.


We update this guide on Mexico open borders any time there’s some news about tourism in Mexico during Covid-19. However, if you still are wondering “Can I travel to Mexico right now”, I recommend to check out these official sources:

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Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

I have felt a special connection with nature and all the inhabitants of the planet since I was a kid. I am passionate about discovering new countries and especially their wildlife, but no matter how many places I visit, I will always belong to the remote beaches of Almería, in Southern Spain.

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