Health Alert – U.S. Consulates General Hermosillo and Nogales

Health Alert:  U.S. Consulates General Hermosillo and Nogales (March 25, 2021)

Location:  Sonora – Statewide

Event:  Spring Break/Holy Week 2021

Sonoran state health officials announced new measures to be implemented during Spring Break/Holy Week to avoid the transmission of COVID-19.  From March 26 to April 11, checkpoints will be set up on highways, beaches, and tourist areas throughout the state.  When entering beaches or tourist areas, travelers will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or antigen), taken within the previous 72 hours.  They will also need to provide proof of a hotel reservation or proof that they live in the area.  We recommend carrying printed copies of these documents with you.  Those without a hotel reservation or proof of local residence may enter tourist areas from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.

See the Sonoran Secretary of Health website (Spanish only) for more detailed information about these requirements and other recommendations concerning COVID-19.  The Mexican 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.  U.S. Mission Mexico has also prepared a list of private testing providers in Mexico.

Actions to Take:

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important health and security Alerts and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
·         Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Mexico.
·         Read the Mexico International Travel Information page and the entire Travel Advisory for Mexico.  Keep your friends and family back home informed of your travel plans.
·         Review the Embassy’s webpage on COVID-19 and CDC’s Travelers’ Health webpage for up to date information about health risks in Mexico.
·         Remember that all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  This requirement applies to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals regardless of vaccination status.

Assistance:

·         For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
·         State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
·         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.