Health and Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Mexico City (March 4, 2021)
Location: Mexico – Countrywide
Event: Spring Break 2021
U.S. citizens should reconsider Spring Break and other non-essential travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Cases and hospitalizations remain high in most of Mexico. Consular services, like appointments for emergency passports, are limited in many locations due to the pandemic. Land border crossings are restricted to essential travel until at least March 21, 2021. For those returning to the United States by air, there is a requirement to present a negative COVID-19 viral test (antigen or PCR) performed no more than 3 days before their flight departs or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.
Actions to Take:
- Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (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.
- Medical Emergencies: The Embassy’s webpage on COVID-19 and CDC’s Travelers’ Health webpage have up to date information about health risks in Mexico. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas or purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation. An illness or accident could result in the need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico. Private hospital prices are comparable, and often higher, to those in the United States. Most facilities require payment, sometimes in cash, before providing treatment or discharging a patient.
- 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 a positive COVID-19 viral test in addition to 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.
- 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
- 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.