Health Alert – COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (January 14, 2021)

Subject: Mexico Health Alert – COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel

 

As of September 8, 2020, Mexico is under a Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel) due to the global impact of COVID-19.  On December 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19.  Please visit our website for updates on the COVID-19 situation in Mexico along with information on the status of operations at U.S. facilities.

COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Air Travel:  Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative viral COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding and must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.  Please see CDC’s FAQ and the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for more information about the new requirement.

If you are planning to return to the United States, you should contact your airline for specific information about testing requirements for travelers.  Because airlines may adopt and modify their own specific policies to implement CDC’s new rule, you should contact the carrier for your U.S.-bound flight and not rely on information from other carriers or information or experience from previous trips.

Testing resources:  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.  Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care.  Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines and those of your airline.

U.S. Mission Mexico has prepared a list of private testing providers.  This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time.  Travelers visiting Mexico should also contact their tour provider or hotel for more information on local testing options.  The Embassy and Consulates are not able to administer or pay for COVID-19 tests.  Potential travelers should carefully consider that availability of tests and timeliness of results cannot be guaranteed.

Reduced Consular Services:  U.S. Mission Mexico’s ability to provide consular services is limited due to reduced in-person staffing and health protocols that mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability is strictly limited due to social distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms.  U.S. citizens may encounter delays in obtaining emergency passports or notary services.

Routine services, where offered, and emergency services are available by appointment only.  Each applicant requires their own appointment.  Due to the limited number of non-emergency appointments available, there may be no openings visible on the website.  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.  All visitors to the embassy, consulates general, and consular agencies over the age of two must wear a mask.  All appointments and openings are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.

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