COVID-19 Information

 March 24, 2020

 

Country-Specific Information

  • Mexico confirmed 367 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of March 23. Authorities continue to investigate additional suspected cases.  The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases.
  • The Mexican government’s COVID-19 planning and preparation is based on three scenarios:
  1. Scenario One: COVID-19 cases are travel related (travel from abroad).
  2. Scenario Two: Community-based transmission of COVID-19 begins and case numbers are in the hundreds.
  3. Scenario Three: COVID-19 transmission becomes widespread; case numbers are in the thousands.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • There are no entry or exit restrictions in place because of COVID-19.
  • Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports. Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.
  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit.

Schools, Business, Transportation, and Government Closures

  • The Mexican Ministry of Education has closed all schools from March 20 until April 20.
  • Between March 23 and April 19, the Mexican government has declared a social-distancing campaign consisting of four pillars.
  1. Take basic preventative measures: wash your hands, avoid handshakes and kisses, and stay home if you are sick.
  2. Suspend non-essential public-sector, private-sector, and social activities. Employees who can telework should do so.  Public transit will remain operational.
  3. Organizers of large events with more than 5,000 attendees will reschedule or postpone them.
  4. Protect the elderly and vulnerable.
  • Closings and restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations vary by state and municipality. Please confirm directly with government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.

Quarantine and Healthcare Information

  • There are no mandatory quarantine policies currently in effect in Mexico for confirmed or suspected cases. The Mexican government encourages people experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing, to stay at home for 14 days, consult with, and comply with the instructions of your local healthcare provider.
  • The Mexican government recommends individuals not self-present to seek testing for COVID-19. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention and medical professionals will test, if needed based on travel history, contact with a known case, and the individual’s risk group.  Medical professionals will prescribe actions as necessary; including medication to manage symptoms as no specific therapeutics or vaccine exist for COVID-19.
  • Travelers who return from a country with local transmission of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of respiratory illness should seek immediate medical attention and share their travel history.
  • The same applies to individuals who were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and present symptoms of respiratory illness.

Local Resources

  • Health advice for travelers seeking information is available at ports of entry.
  • Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.

Other links:

Assistance: 

  • For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 1-800-681-9374 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
    Paseo de la Reforma 305
    Colonia Cuauhtémoc
    06500, Ciudad de México
    Phone: +52-55-5080-2000
    Fax: +52-55-5080-2005
    E-Mail: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.