The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on July 12, 2021. Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk of crime and kidnapping. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19.
Mexico has lifted stay at home orders in some areas and resumed some transportation and business operations.
Last updated: [11/29/21]
Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
- As of November 29, Mexico has confirmed 3,883,842 total cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the beginning of the pandemic. Mexican authorities report widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization. The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases.
- There are zero states designated as “red” under the federal stoplight system as of November 29.
- The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on July 12, 2021. Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
- Please see the latest information about the status of consular operations including routine appointments and emergency services.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mexico? [Yes]
- If so, are test results reliably available within 24-72 hours? [Yes]
- CDC requirement for Negative COVID-19 test prior to air travel:
- A negative viral COVID test or documentation of recovery is required for anyone traveling by air to the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of age two and over, and regardless of vaccination status.
- This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). This requirement does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under two years of age. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals.
- Air passengers are required to take a viral test (PCR/NAAT or antigen test for current infection). If they are fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, the test must be taken no more than three calendar days prior to their flight departure. If travelers are not fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, the test must be taken no more than one calendar day prior to their flight departure to the United States. Antibody tests are not compliant with the requirement.
- CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the United States have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before boarding and possible review by public health officials after arrival in the United States. Passengers must provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline prior to boarding.
- Airline personnel must verify that every passenger over age two onboard has attested to receiving a negative test result or to having recovered from COVID-19 and being cleared to travel by a licensed health professional or a public health official. In addition to presenting a negative test result or documentation of recovery (in English or Spanish), it is recommended that each passenger print and present their attestation to the airline. A parent or other authorized individual should attest on behalf of a passenger aged two to 17 years that they have received a negative test. For more guidance, please consult with your airline. To see the passenger attestation, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-and-attestation-2021-01-12-p.pdf.
- Airlines are responsible for enforcing the requirement for passengers on U.S.-bound flights. Airlines will deny boarding to anyone without a negative test or documentation of recovering from COVID-19.
- If you test positive, you must self-isolate and delay your travel. Do not travel until you have recovered completely from COVID-19.
- If your flight is delayed before departure, you will need to be re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of your respective one-day or three-day pre-departure testing period.
- Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines (for U.S.-bound travelers) and those of your airline.
- For U.S.-bound travelers, each state has its own testing and entry requirements. Verify what is necessary to enter the state to which you are traveling. The CDC offers testing and quarantine information on all states: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html
- Testing availability in Mexico:
- The Secretariat of Health (Salud) maintains a list of approved laboratories (Spanish only) for viral COVID-19 testing. Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories offer private testing for travel purposes.
- The cost of PCR tests typically range from approximately 950 MXN to 4500 MXN, and the cost of viral antigen tests typically range from 200 MXN to 1000 MXN, depending on location and speed of results. Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care. The Embassy and Consulates are unable to administer or pay for tests.
- S. Mission Mexico has prepared a list of private testing providers. Note: This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on this list. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Providers are listed by location, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by local service providers; the Department of State is unable to vouch for this information.
- Some airlines and international airports in Mexico offer testing on-site as a last resort for travelers – please confirm directly with your carrier for more information on availability of this service. Even if such an option is available, it is recommended to obtain your test results before arriving at the airport. At some of the indicated airports, testing on-site is only available to international passengers utilizing specific carriers, and not to all U.S.-bound travelers. If you must test on-site at an airport where it is offered, you should arrive at least three hours earlier (or follow carrier recommendations) to allow time for results. Please note testing at the airport may result in missing your flight or onward connections due to delays or if you receive a positive test result. Confirm testing availability directly with the airport or air carrier.
- Travelers visiting Mexico should contact their tour provider or hotel for more information on local testing options.
- You will have to pay for your test. You should contact your medical/travel insurance to find out if they will reimburse you.
- Consult with your chosen testing provider on test result delivery method and language.
- The symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing) are very similar to other respiratory diseases. If you have mild symptoms, call your usual health care provider or the Mexican government’s hotline at 800 0044 800 or 55 5658 1111 in order to receive advice to determine whether to stay home or seek medical attention. If you or someone in your family has difficulty breathing, please go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately.
- Individuals who were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and present symptoms of respiratory illness should follow the instructions above. It is advisable to remain in quarantine for 14 days to prevent spreading the disease to other people.
- If you are experiencing fear, anxiety, or emotional isolation, please call the Mexican government’s hotline at 800 911 2000 (Spanish only) for advice and support.
Presidential Proclamation Suspension of Entry as of November 26, 2021
- Entry into the United States of noncitizens who are not U.S. LPRs and who were present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. Applicants with impending travel due to extreme humanitarian emergencies may contact ACSMexicoCity@state.gov. all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) orders pertaining to vaccination and testing requirements still apply. There are very limited exceptions for diplomats (A and G visa holders) and air and sea crew (C1/D visa holders).
- Admissibility is determined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry. The suspension of entry for noncitizens present in the above countries is effective at 12:01 a.m. EST on November 29, 2021, and does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 12:01 a.m. EST on November 29, 2021. The proclamation remains in effect until terminated by the President. For more information: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/11/26/a-proclamation-on-suspension-of-entry-as-immigrants-and-nonimmigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease-2019/
CDC Requirement for Proof of Vaccination as of November 8, 2021:
- Air Travel
- Non-citizen air travelers will be required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccineand to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.
- Fully vaccinated air travelers (including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals)will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding.
- Unvaccinated U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of unvaccinated foreign nationals with approved travel exceptions– will now need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States. Unvaccinated nonimmigrants who do not fall within the limited exceptions will not be able to enter the United States by air.
- Entry via Land and Sea Ports
- S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may enter via land ports of entry or via ferry regardless of vaccination status and are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
- Non-citizen, non-LPR travelers entering the United States via land border and ferry terminal ports of entry will be permitted to enter for a non-essential reason (i.e., tourism), provided they are fully vaccinatedand can present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.
- Until January 2022, unvaccinated nonimmigrant travelersmay continue to cross the land border for essential travel only, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes. Click here for the FAQs on entering the U.S. via land or ferry.
- Starting January 2022, all inbound nonimmigrant foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land ports of entry (POEs) or ferry terminals – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.
- Vaccine Requirements
- Vaccines must be FDA approved or authorized or have an emergency-use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). See the CDC’s website for more details. Travelers who received non-approved vaccinations or who are only partially vaccinated (for example, who have one dose of an approved vaccine that requires a two dose series) will be considered unvaccinated for the purposes of these regulations. CDC’s website has additional information on the definition of “fully vaccinated.”
- All fully vaccinated travelers should travel with proof of their vaccination status to provide to their airline prior to departure to the United States. That proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth that matches the traveler’s passport or travel document, the vaccine product and manufacturer, the date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received, and the name of the official source issuing the record.
- QR-code verifiable proof of vaccinations administered by the Mexican government typically include the vaccinated person’s full name and CURP number. That number contains the holder’s date of birth. It is recommended to travel with this document as well as an INE or other ID that includes full name and date of birth of the traveler.
- Children under 18:
- Children under 18 are exempted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 traveling by air are still required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, PCR or antigen.
- If a child is not fully vaccinated and is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within three days before departure (consistent with the timeline for fully vaccinated adults).
- If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure. For more information: go.usa.gov/xeqyy
- Children under 2 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Mexico approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
- Mexico has approved emergency use of the AstraZeneca, CanSino, COVAX, India Surem Institute, Pfizer, and Sputnik V vaccines. The Mexican government has prioritized frontline health care workers. For more information on vaccines available in Mexico, please visit the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Health
- Are vaccines available in Mexico for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
- Mexican citizens and permanent and temporary residents of Mexico are eligible to receive the vaccine. Please review our English Language Instructions on how to register for the vaccine.
- Individuals who have been vaccinated in Mexico can obtain a vaccination certificate from the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Health’s web page.
- S. citizens with residency status and a CURP (Clave Única de Registro de Población) may be eligible to register to be vaccinated. A CURP is a unique identity code that Mexican citizens and permanent and temporary residents are issued.
- If you don’t know your CURP, search for it on RENAPO’s web page.
- The vaccine will not be mandatory.
- The vaccine will be offered on a universal basis for free. Mexico will prioritize recipients by at-risk groups and age. Subject to vaccine availability, Mexico’s vaccination campaign includes five phases:
- Phase 1: December 2020 – February 2021 – COVID-19 frontline health care workers;
- Phase 2: February – May 2021 – people 60 years old and older;
- Phase 3: May – June 2021 – people 50 to 59, pregnant women 18 years of age and over in at least the second trimester
- Phase 4: June – July 2021 – people 40 to 49;
- Phase 5: July 2021-March 2022 – remaining age groups.
- Those who have had COVID-19 and no longer have an active infection will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
- People are not required to present proof of vaccination to attend school, travel, or engage in routine, daily activities. However, these rules are subject to change.
- Stay up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico by visiting the following website: http://vacunacovid.gob.mx (Spanish only)
- For more information about COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. citizens abroad, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/vaccine-info-for-us-citizens-abroad.html
- You may also consider returning to the United States to receive your vaccine. For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in your home state, visit your U.S. state’s Health Department website.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
- Travelers entering Mexico by land from Belize, Guatemala, or the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential (SRE Announcement). Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
- A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry to Mexico.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? [Yes]
- Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.
- Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.
- Mexican Immigration (INM) continues to provide law enforcement and public counter services across Mexico. However, due to reduced staffing, members of the public might experience long wait times for routine services. INM recommends monitoring its website and Twitter account for information about its current operating status. For information on extending your authorized stay in Mexico visit the nearest INM Office.
- Is a curfew in place? [Yes]
- Curfews are not universal. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city. Please see the “Local Resources” section for curfew-specific information below.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? [Yes]
- Restrictions apply to some areas. Please see additional information on these restrictions in the “Local Resources” section below.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? [No]
- The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A variety of prevention measures can be found at https://coronavirus.gob.mx/
- For U.S. citizens who have participated in higher risk activities or think that they may have been exposed before or during a trip, the CDC encourages people to take the following extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after arrival at their destination:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Avoid staying around people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
- In the United States, quarantine requirements and recommendations may vary by state. Therefore, travelers should review an individual state’s entry requirements before traveling.
- The CDC currently recommends international travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home (or in a comparable location such as a hotel room) for self-quarantine for seven days post-travel.
- Per CDC guidelines fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- Are commercial flights operating? [Yes]
- Is public transportation operating? [Yes]
- Some states and municipalities have implemented additional transportation restrictions. Please see additional information on state specific restrictions in the “Local Resources” section below.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Consequences for non-compliance are not universal. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city. Please see the “Local Resources” section for specific information on fines, penalties, or other consequences below.
Nationwide Restrictions and Resources:
- The Mexican government began easing nationwide restrictions and started phasing in non-essential economic activities in some states and municipalities using a national “stoplight” system. The four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight system are the trend in numbers of new cases; hospital occupancy trends; current hospital occupancy rates; and percentage of positive cases. If one indicator is red, the whole state will be designated red. Some schools in Mexico are closed for in-person learning.
- Zero states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system as of November 29 Under red, only essential activities are allowed. Essential activities include: the provision of medical services and supplies, grocery delivery services, operation of grocery stores, restaurant delivery and carryout services, assurance of public safety, maintenance of fundamental economic functions and government social programs, work in critical infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing of transportation equipment. Hotels are limited to 25 percent occupancy for guests working on critical activities. Parks are also limited to 25 percent occupancy.
- Zero states are designated “orange” under the federal system as of November 29 . Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barber shops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity. Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.
- Five states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system as of November 29 (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Sonora). Under yellow, all work activities are permitted. Public space may open on a regular basis, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced capacity. All activities should be carried out with basic prevention measures. People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.
- Twenty-seven states are designated “green” under the federal stoplight as of November 29 (Aguascalientes, Campeche, Chiapas, Ciudad de México, Colima, Durango, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, Oaxaca, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán, and Zacatecas). Under green, all economic and social activities, including school, are permitted while taking appropriate precautions.
- Individuals should practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and social distancing. Those not involved in essential activities should self-isolate at home. People over age 60 or with high-risk medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, compromised immune system, pregnant, or post-partum should self-isolate at home.
- Hotel guests in some areas may be subject to occupancy limits or asked to provide an employer letter certifying the essential nature of their business. Hotel guests showing respiratory symptoms will be referred to health authorities. As a reminder, the U.S. government does not pay for lodging or other expenses incurred due to travel disruptions abroad.
- Some states and municipalities have implemented additional restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations if health conditions warrant and/or developed separate stoplight systems from those at the federal level. Several states and municipalities have imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities and have required citizens to wear masks when outside the home. In some areas, officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders. On July 22, authorities in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, warned anyone not using a facemask will be fined with at least $1,500 MXN.
- Please see additional information on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local Resources” section below. This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice. Please confirm directly with government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.
- U.S. citizens in need of 24/7 emergency assistance should call (55) 8526 2561 from Mexico or 1 (844) 528-6611 from the United States. For information on other services, see below.
- American Citizens Services (ACS)/Passport Services: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, U.S. Consulates General Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana as well as Consular Agencies Acapulco, Cancun, Mazatlan, Oaxaca, Piedras Negras, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende have available limited appointments for some routine passport, citizenship, and notarial services. Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability will be strictly limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms. Each applicant requires their own appointment. All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask.
- At this time, Consular Agency Los Cabos is only able to provide emergency services. Please contact these locations by email for more information on the availability of emergency passport or notarial services at these consulates and consular agencies.
- Appointments for passport and citizenship applications that require a personal interview (applicants under age 16, first-time adult passports, replacement for a lost or stolen passport, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad) and for notarial services are available on our website. Due to the limited number of appointments available, there may be no openings visible on the website. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for newly released appointments and daily cancelations. All appointments and openings are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.
- If you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact the location nearest you by email to request an emergency appointment.
- As a reminder, U.S. citizen children do not require a CRBA to qualify for an emergency passport.
- Federal Benefits: The Federal Benefits Units in Mexico will continue to provide services that can be accomplished without face-to-face interviews. For individuals residing in Mexico, please contact Mexico.City@ssa.gov, FBU.Guadalajara@ssa.gov, or FBU.Ciudad.Juarez@ssa.gov for any questions or concerns regarding Social Security numbers, Social Security benefits, or other federal benefits.
- Visa Services: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates Generals are offering emergency visa services, interview waiver and renewal services, and at some locations, limited routine appointments are available for student and work visas. Routine tourist visa appointments remain suspended at this time across Mexico, and only cases that meet the requirements for emergency processing or are eligible for renewal with an interview waiver are being scheduled. For details on the services available at each location, please review the Status of Consular Operations webpage.
- Applicants seeking to renew their visas who meet the qualifications for an interview waiver in any visa category are being processed. Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly. Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-mx/niv. Eligibility requirements for visa renewal can be found at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv/information/required_docs . Because of limited capacity and safety precautions due to COVID-19, applicants should expect to experience delays in appointment availability. If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt.
- Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily residing in Mexico are not available at this time. Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this link (https://www.uscis.gov/visit-the-united-states/extend-your-stay). Visa units in Mexico are not able to grant expedited appointments for applicants who are currently in the United States except in very limited circumstances. If you believe your case qualifies for an expedited appointment as a national interest case, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Immigrant Visa applicants, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has resumed very limited routine immigrant visa processing, beginning with spouses, children, and fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens whose appointments were cancelled in March and April 2020. Immigrant visa appointments for adoptions and for cases meeting certain emergency criteria also remain available. For more information and instructions on requesting an emergency appointment, please visit https://mx.usembassy.gov/services/ .
- For case-specific inquiries for nonimmigrant visas, the applicant or applicant’s legal guardian may contact us here. For immigrant visa cases, please contact us here and use the inquiry form to request an emergency appointment. Immigrant visa emergency appointment requests will be considered only when the applicant will age out of his or her ability to qualify for derivative status, or in case of emergencies.
- In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we follow strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear face masks in our applicant service centers and in our visa unit waiting rooms. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by contacting us at email@example.com.
- For any other questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here: https://coronavirus.gob.mx/contacto/
- S. citizens in Mexico with questions about Mexican immigration policies should contact local immigration authorities for information.
- Refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources. It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.
- Information about state and municipal level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and links to the official state COVID-19 websites are below. Please note that the situation is rapidly changing and that the information provided here about local and state restrictions is subject to change without notice and may not be comprehensive.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Mexico Information and Travel Advisory Page
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system.
- Baja California
The Mexican government has determined as of November 5, 2021 the state of Baja California is in orange on the federal stoplight system. Public health restrictions continue to apply with the recommended use of a face mask and protective goggles.
- Mass events and recreational centers: concerts, amusement parks, and fairs.
- Schools remain closed.
- Beaches remain closed.
- Baja California Sur
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
The government has determined that the state is green on the national stoplight system. Information on Campeche can be found at: Salud Campeche – Home | Facebook As of November 29, 2021, rural schools in the state of Campeche have reopened for in-person instruction; schools in the capital and larger cities were expected to reopen by the end of October.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
Beginning on November 29, 2021, the state of Chihuahua moved to the “yellow” (medium risk) alert level on Mexico’s COVID-19 stoplight system.
- Face-to-face education will resume at 50% capacity.
- Libraries will open at 50% capacity with mandatory use of face masks.
- Hotels will open to 70% capacity and 50% occupancy in common areas with mandatory use of face masks.
- Restaurant capacity will be 50%.
- Bars, restaurant bar areas, and nightclubs will be allowed to open with a capacity of 50% until midnight.
- Spas will be open with 50% occupancy.
- Museums, theaters, and cultural centers will operate at 50% occupancy. Maximum 200 people.
- Parks and public squares at 65% capacity.
- Malls will operate at 50% capacity.
- Churches and temples will be open to 50% capacity. Maximum 200 people.
- Large and indoor events may resume at 50% capacity with a maximum of 200 people.
- Ciudad de Mexico / Mexico City
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. Mexico City’s mayor announced that according to the state-level stoplight assessment, Mexico City is in green as of November 29. Banks in Mexico City are now able to operate under a normal schedule. Movie theaters can operate at 40 percent capacity and VIP rooms at 60 percent. Bars, casinos, and amusement parks will close at 10:00 p.m. Arenas, auditoriums, and theaters that seat up to 1,500 people can operate at 30 percent, if the space sits more than 1,500 only 500 people are allowed. Effective June 15, Mexico City reduced the Hoy no circula program that prevents unnecessary vehicular movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicles with a 0 and 00 hologram, motorcycles, public transportation, emergency services, funeral services, vehicles with disability plates, and private vehicles driven by medical professionals, among others, are exempt from the program. If your car has a hologram, you should consult the Hoy no circula program web page or the updated Mexico City government guidelines to confirm which day you may not drive, as well as other exemptions and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions apply from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public transportation is operating at a reduced capacity. As of June 1, 2020, the use of face coverings/masks in public areas and respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, no spitting in the street) is obligatory. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain COVID-positive individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders. Authorities added functionality to Mexico City’s official app – available for iOS and Android users – that provides an interactive map showing the closest COVID-19 hospital and if beds are available. Additionally, the app allows users to complete a questionnaire to find out if they may have COVID-19.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Coahuila recommends that individuals remain at home, except for essential movements. Large gatherings remain prohibited. Public parks and plazas and the city center of Saltillo have been reopened, but government officials recommend social distancing in public spaces. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Wearing masks in public is required, including while in a vehicle and while on public transport. Officials may issue fines for failure to use face coverings in public spaces.
- Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras: Mexican authorities are performing temperature checks and health inspections at the international ports of entry. Southbound U.S. citizen travelers who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who decline to have their temperature checked may be denied entry. In addition, in accordance with the U.S.-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, authorities may deny entry to Mexico by U.S. citizens if they do not demonstrate residence in Mexico and cannot prove they have an essential reason for travel. Travelers should check directly with Customs and Border Protection (https://bwt.cbp.gov/) for the most updated information for border crossings, including operational hours of the international bridges. National and international bus travel continues with reduced schedules.
- State and municipal offices have reduced operating hours and have implemented sanitary measures to include:
- Restaurants, bars, general commerce, shopping malls operate at 100%.
- Hotels, open-air markets, and event halls, at 75 %.
- Museums, galleries, pantheons, and religious ceremonies at 50%.
- Children’s events at 60%.
- The government of Coahuila established sanitary filters on the roads that converge with the state of Nuevo León to reduce mobility between both entities, this will take place mainly on weekends.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Public transportation in the state is back to regular service, with sanitary measures in place.
State government will strengthen health protocols and will reinforce the use of the masks at all economic activities statewide. Social and recreational activities will be limited in the State. Capacity in enclosed spaces will be reduced. Activities in open public spaces such as restaurants and cafeterias will have a permitted capacity of 50% while children’s spaces will remain closed.
Public transport will continue to operate every day of the week with a capacity of 75%.
In self-service stores and supermarkets, one person per family will be allowed. Gyms, sports centers, spas, swimming pools, cinema, cultural events, and religious centers 50% occupancy is allowed. Children under the age of 12 years old will not be allowed to enter.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. Authorities have imposed access controls to shopping centers and public markets. Gyms, hotels, restaurants, and retail stores are only allowed to operate at 60 percent capacity.
- San Miguel de Allende: As of May 1, 2020, the use of masks is obligatory. Authorities can fine or detain violators for up to 36 hours. As of June 1, 2020, health and law enforcement authorities will establish health checkpoints at the bus station and the highways leading into town. Authorities will check all passengers’ and drivers’ temperatures and will provide them hand sanitizer. Officials will record each visitor’s purpose of travel, name, place of origin, age, and phone number.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Beaches remain closed.
- Acapulco: The state government has determined that Acapulco will return to red in the state stoplight system. The Zocalo has also been closed to prevent the spread of infection. On April 30, 2020, Acapulco instituted the “Hoy No Circula” program. License plates that end in 0 and 1 may not drive on Monday; 2 and 3, on Tuesday; 4 and 5, on Wednesday; 6 and 7, on Thursday; 8 and 9, on Friday. There are no restrictions for Saturday and Sunday traffic. These restrictions do not apply to official vehicles that perform service tasks for the population, such as emergency vehicles and companies that carry out essential activities (i.e., transportation, food and grocery services, fuel distribution services, funeral homes).
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. The government is now implementing the “Hoy No Circula” program. Private vehicles with license plates that end in 2, 4, 6, 8, and 0 are not permitted to drive on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. While private vehicles with plates that end in 1, 3, 5, and 7 will not drive on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as well as the second and fourth Sundays of the month. These restrictions do not apply to vehicles operated by emergency and essential personnel, as well as private vehicles driven by people with disabilities or used for medical emergencies. Private vehicles can only hold a maximum of two people. Officials may issue fines to individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
- Mexico State
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Public transportation is operating at 50 percent capacity to maintain a healthy distance between users. Authorities have closed 20 percent of metro, Metrobus, and light rail stations. It is mandatory to wear a facemask while using public transportation. In coordination with Mexico City, strict driving limitation measures have been applied based on license plate numbers. The same applies to the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico and the Toluca Valley. However, as of June 15, 2020, vehicles with a 0 and 00 hologram, and electric and hybrid vehicles are exempt from the Hoy no circula program. Daily restrictions still apply to all other holograms from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stay-at-home orders are in place and it is recommended that people only go out for food, medicine, and basic necessities, while wearing a mask. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders.
Since February 15, 2021, per the Plan Regreso Seguro established by Mexico State authorities, the following businesses will be opened under strict health regulations:
- Hotels, malls, department stores, restaurants, and manufacturing plants under 40 percent capacity.
- Office supply shops, clothing stores, toy stores, furniture stores, supply stores, and electronics stores, while avoiding large conglomerations.
- Outdoor sporting activities are allowed at a 50 percent capacity.
- Religious services allowed at 30 percent capacity.
- Related business services are allowed but should continue to rely on telework and avoid social gatherings.
- Barbers, dry cleaners, workshops, repair shops, home appliance stores, and general maintenance businesses are allowed.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. The authorities require anyone in public to wear a face mask and have established health screening checkpoints throughout the state. Social distancing guidelines apply within cars, and all infractions are punishable with a fine. Michoacán police units are deployed throughout all 113 municipalities, where they ensure the population abides by established health measures. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders. Non-essential businesses throughout Michoacán must close at 7:00 p.m. between Thursday and Saturday.
- Morelia: Authorities are checking temperature and watching to make sure that people maintain a healthy distance in cars and wear face masks.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. The use of face masks is obligatory throughout Morelos for anyone in a public or common use space, ages four and older. Failure to abide by the state’s face mask law may result in fines and penalties.
- Cuernavaca: Municipal officials may issue fines and penalties to individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders.
The government has determined that the state is in the green on the federal stoplight system.
- Nuevo Leon
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. The government will administer fines up to $35,000 MXN or 3 years of jail for people diagnosed with COVID-19 who fail to maintain quarantine at home or in hospitals.
As of November 1, 2020, use of face masks in public places or inside authorized open businesses will be mandated. The municipal government and state government are authorized to arrest and/or fine individuals who violate the face mask rule (up to 36 hours of arrest or community service). According to Nuevo Leon´s government website, this also applies to foreigners visiting the State. Public or private events will continue to be allowed with a limited capacity (no more than 20 people). Event hosts may be fined with a $20,000 – $100,000 MXN fine for violating this rule.
As a result of the recent upward trend in cases, the State will reestablish restrictions on certain businesses and limit the occupancy of other.
The following business, activities or shops will remain closed: Kermes and fairs, festivities, summer courses, concerts and music festivals, bars and canteens, clubs and nightclubs, rental of villas, billiards, public pools, cockfights, horse races, baby shower or gender reveal parties, graduations, touristic and private parks, amusement parks, bowling alleys.
In person school classes 30% occupancy.
The following businesses or commercial lines may operate at a 50% occupancy, respecting sanitary protocols from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (24-hour hotels): shopping centers, shoe stores, department stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, customer service providers, food market, hotels, tortillerías, bakeries, pharmacies and establishments that sell medical supplies, nurseries and child care, flower shops, hardware stores, home improvement and construction materials retailers, hair salons and barber shops, carwash, laundries and dry cleaners, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, butchers, flea markets, pantheons, restaurants, sports clubs, public or private parks, golf courses, training or therapy pools, equestrian clubs, sale and rental of technology equipment, tattoo shops, spas, dance academies, gyms, sports leagues, alcohol sales depots, casinos, movie theaters, auto cinemas, social events rooms, circuses and auto circuses, wrestling, martial arts fighting and boxing practice.
The following businesses or commercial lines may operate at a 30% capacity, respecting health protocols from 5:00 am to 12:00 am: congresses and exhibitions, museums, theaters, children’s party rooms, churches and cult centers, stadiums.
The following activities are authorized, respecting health and healthy distance protocols: foot races, cycling, ATVs and razers, drive thru celebrations.
The Government of Nuevo Leon may reinstate temporary measures to mitigate further spread. For more information on these local restrictions, please visit https://www.nl.gob.mx/coronavirus.
No more than two passengers are permitted per private vehicle. Use of ride hailing services such as Uber and DIDI are permitted, but only two passengers plus the driver are allowed in the vehicle and only for emergencies. Metro and public transportation schedules have been reduced. Wearing masks in public has been recommended. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state.
San Nicolas de los Garza has made the use of facemasks when outside the home a requirement, even while inside a vehicle.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
On July 22, authorities in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, warned anyone not using facemask will be fined with at least $1,500 MXN.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. The Puebla government announced the expansion of the “COVID-19 Hospitals” plan. Each hospital will be equipped to serve only people infected with coronavirus and will be located in the municipalities of Xicotepec, Tecamachalco, Huejotzingo, Acatlán de Osorio, Zacapoaxtla, and in the city of Puebla. Phase 2 measures will be maintained in Phase 3, including the closure of commercial establishments with non-essential activities; the obligatory use of face masks for people who must leave their homes; the prohibition on the sale of open alcoholic beverages; and the withdrawal of street vendors and open-air markets to avoid crowds. All those who work for essential businesses must wear face masks, gloves if they touch money, wash their hands frequently, and keep a healthy distance from others. Officials may issue fines to individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders. Students will not be returning to school until Puebla is designated as green on the federal stoplight system.
The government has determined that the state is in the green on the national stoplight system. Various measures are being enforced by the local government and health authorities. State and municipal law enforcement authorities will use their powers to verify compliance with health measures. Those who are knowingly infected will be fined if they do not comply with social distancing and home isolation measures. The use of face masks in public is now mandatory. Vehicle movement will be limited to essential activities and only two people are allowed per vehicle, except for minors who need to be cared for by a family member. Those who are commuting for non-essential reasons will be warned by law enforcement authorities and recorded in a database. Re-offenders are subject to the maximum penalties. Taxis can only transport a maximum of two passengers in the back seat. Health and law enforcement authorities can carry out operations against crowds who are not following social distancing measures. Public or private event organizers that violate health regulations will also be subject to administrative penalties. Checkpoints will be established at every state entry point. Emergency vehicles will be prioritized on roads. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders.
- Quintana Roo
The government has determined that the state is in green on the national stoplight system.
Regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (including the current status of business and tourist attractions) in Quintana Roo can be found on the State of Quintana Roo website. The regulations change weekly based on the current conditions within the state. Essential services are available. Non-essential services, such as restaurants, tourist attractions, hotels, and others are open but may be limited in capacity. See the most current information here. The use of masks and social distancing is required within the state.
- San Luis Potosi
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Restrictions are being strengthened to prevent an increase on infections by Covid-19 statewide.
Shopping malls will open from Monday to Saturday and will close at 8:00 p.m. with an occupancy of 40 % and will be closed on Sundays. The opening of children’s areas is not allowed. Supermarkets, convenience and groceries stores are allowed to operate until 20:00, with a capacity of 30 % and access to one person per family. Restaurants, cafeterias and food stores may close until 10:00 p.m. with a 40% occupancy allowed as well as to provide home delivery and take-out service and they should not have their children’s areas open. The recreational parks will be allowed to open until 6:00 p.m. Group activities are not allowed. Hotels will be allowed to operate at a 50 % occupancy. The outdoor touristic areas are allowed to operate at 25% occupancy and will close at 4 pm. Special care is requested for the vulnerable population. Churches and cult centers are allowed to open from Tuesday to Sunday until 5:00 p.m. On Mondays they are not allowed to open. The allowed capacity is 30 percent. Suspended activities include: public parks, spas and massage centers, sports fields, mass gathering events, mass shows, nightclubs, bars, casinos and cabarets.
The federal government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Sinaloa is recommending all residents follow federal guidelines to promote social distancing. Cities are applying varying restrictions, with some stricter than others. State authorities have encouraged people to remain in their homes unless undertaking essential activities including shopping for groceries and medications; seeking medical care; caring for senior citizens, people with disabilities, dependent minors, or other vulnerable people; and traveling to banks.
Random checkpoints will be in place and personnel from the Health Secretariat will be checking the temperature of visitors. Camping is not allowed.
Mazatlan: Mazatlan is open to tourism. Hotels are open with occupancy limits in place. Sanitary easures include mandatory use of face masks on all public transport. Effective August 2, 2021, proof of vaccinations will be required for entry into businesses, entertainment outlets, restaurants and sporting events for local residents. While at this time this requirement only applies to local residents, and tourists and visitors are not included in this action, please be advised that you may be asked to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. The Malecon and beaches are open to the public, but capacity is monitored and subject to closures. People are encouraged to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 yards from other family groups. Stadiums and theaters are open with capacity limits. Restaurants are open with sanitary seating limits of four people per table.
- The federal government has determined that the state of Sonora is in green on the federal stoplight system. Measures to restrict mobility and social gatherings remain in effect. The Sonoran Ministry of Health reported that as of August 9, a vaccination certificate or negative test for COVID-19 will be requested in order to enter businesses. However, restaurant sector representatives said that they will not implement this measure until the percentage of vaccinated people in the state increases.
- Sonora has its own state stoplight system for the different municipalities throughout the state. Certain cities within Sonora are currently higher risk than others per Sonora’s updated municipality risk stoplight system. These cities may have additional and varying local restrictions, such as the placement of random health checkpoints throughout the cities and varying business restrictions. Under this framework, much of the state is “green,” including Hermosillo, Emalme, Cananea, and Caborca. Nogales, , Puerto Penasco, Guaymas, and San Luis Colorado are “yellow.” Huatabampo is the only local currently in “orange” status. Sonoran state government guidelines for the differing regional risks are as follows:
- Low Risk (green – yellow): Closure of activities at 12:00 a.m. Permitted indoor activity limited to 75 percent of building capacity (maximum 200 people). Outdoor terrace areas or open-air activity can have 100 percent capacity (maximum 300 people). No time limits for diverse activities such as social events, but sanitary health protocols should be heeded. Restaurants, casinos, and bars do not have limits on capacity but are asked to obey sanitary health protocols. No limits on mass events but they are required to heed sanitary protocols.
- Medium Risk (yellow – orange): Closure of activities at 12:00 a.m. Permitted indoor activity limited to 50 percent of building capacity (maximum 100 people). Outdoor terrace areas or open-air activity can have 75 percent capacity (maximum of 200 people). Time limits for diverse activities such as social events are four hours for indoors and five hours for outdoors. Restaurants are permitted to operate at 75 percent capacity. Casinos and bars are limited to 50 percent capacity. Mass events are not allowed.
- High Risk (red): Closure of activities at 10:00 p.m. Permitted indoor activity limited to 25 percent of building capacity (maximum of 50 people). Outdoor terrace areas or open-air activity can have 50 percent capacity (maximum of 150 people). Time limit for diverse activities such as social events is three hours for indoors and four hours for outdoors. Restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity. Casinos and bars are not permitted to operate. Mass events are not allowed.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. Masks are mandatory. Only two people are allowed in private vehicles and must maintain a healthy distance. Masks are also mandatory in public transport, which operate until 7:00 p.m. Supermarkets and essential establishments must close at 6:00 p.m. All shops, markets, and convenience stores will be closed on weekends in Villahermosa and the surrounding communities.
The government has determined that the state is green on the federal stoplight system. Tamaulipas recommends that individuals comply with the strict health security measures for the gradual re-opening of all non-essential activities.
In larger cities, some vehicles will have restrictions on operating for one day each week, depending on the vehicle’s license plate number. This is part of the “no-driving day” program of the government and applies to both Mexican registered vehicles as well as foreign ones.
Non-essential businesses and activities have restricted opening days and hours, are subject to frequent compliance inspections, and are limiting the number of people who can enter. Pharmacies, laboratories, medical clinics, and businesses selling gas and water are allowed to remain open without restrictions. Restaurants, supermarkets, shopping centers, banks and kindergartens will have specific levels of restrictions in their capacity and opening hours. State officials are strongly encouraging the use of face masks and some municipalities are requiring their use in public places. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of regulations.
Travelers should check directly with Customs and Border Protection (https://bwt.cbp.gov/) for the most updated information. National and international bus travel continues, but with greatly reduced schedules.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. No restrictions beyond the federal guidelines.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
Yucatan is green on the national stoplight system. Information on Yucatan’s state-level stoplight system can be found at: http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/saladeprensa/ver_nota.php?id=2894.
In early October 2021, Yucatan lifted the COVID-related curfew restrictions that had been in place since June 2020. The use of face masks in public and social distancing is mandatory.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system.
Local authorities ask residents and tourist to collaborate with health measures and to prevent mobility and mass concentrations of people. The state government is allowing a 50% occupancy in markets, supermarkets, bars, night centers, museums and tourist routes.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Mexican Ministry of Health Daily Updates (Spanish)
- Mexico Travel Health Notices (Spanish)
- state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory
- DHS Fact Sheet on Arrival Restrictions to the United States
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