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The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on August 6, 2020. Do not travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. 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.
Travelers to Mexico may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Mexico due to COVID-19.
August 13, 2020
- The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on August 6, 2020. Do not travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
- Mexico confirmed 498,380 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of August 12. Authorities continue to investigate additional suspected cases. The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases.
- On April 21, the Mexican government announced the start of Phase 3 of the pandemic, meaning widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization.
- Please see the latest information about the status of consular operations including routine appointments and emergency services.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least August 20. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information.
- Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
- 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.
Schools, Business, Transportation, and Government Closures:
- On April 16, the Mexican government extended nationwide restrictions on non-essential economic activities in most municipalities until May 30. On June 1, the Mexican government began 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. The Mexican government updates the state-level designations every two weeks on Friday, and the revisions will take effect the following Monday. Schools in Mexico are closed.
- Sixteen states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between August 3 and August 16 ( Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán, and Zacatecas). 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.
- Sixteen states are designated “orange” under the federal system between August 3 and August 16 ( Aguascalientes, Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, México state, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and Tlaxcala). 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.
- 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.
- All electoral processes, censuses, and surveys are postponed until further notice. On March 26, the Mexican government suspended all but its essential activities. Individual agency heads designated the activities and personnel deemed essential.
- 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. 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.
Quarantine and Healthcare Information:
- 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
- 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 call the Mexican government’s hotline at 800-0044-800 or 55 -658-1111 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 for advice and support.
- For U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Mexico and all other foreign locations, the CDC recommends you self-quarantine for 14 days.
- 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/
- U.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.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the state stoplight system. The state will, therefore, move into the first wave of reopening on Monday, June 15. The use of masks is mandatory and may be enforced by local officials with fines and/or arrest and detention.
Schools are closed and public gatherings prohibited, including church services. It is recommended to wear masks in public and limit travel and commercial activity to essential functions only. Public beaches are closed. Baja California is orange in the national stoplight system. Restaurants may open with 30 percent of normal seating capacity, following strict sanitary guidelines. Hotels may operate at a maximum of 25 percent occupancy.
- Mexicali: Authorities are conducting health inspections at the border ports of entry. Travelers must present proof of residence or essential activity. Travel by car is restricted to 2 persons per car and face coverings are mandatory. These new regulations are being enforced rigorously on weekends (Friday-Sunday) and randomly at other times of the week. Traffic jams have extended miles to the north of Calexico at times, with waits to cross the border into Mexico taking up to 7 hours. Beer found in a traveler’s vehicle that is in excess of the standard “allowance” (about 2 six packs) will be confiscated by the authorities. Penalties for violations may be imposed up to $17,376 MXN or up to 36 hours arrest in event of resistance.
- San Felipe: Travelers may encounter inspection filters entering San Felipe, where authorities request proof of their address or nationality. Travelers may be required to quarantine themselves at their homes.
- Rosarito: Beaches have reopened from 6-10 a.m. only for outdoor activities like walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing. Physical distance of at least 2 meters must be maintained and masks are required in public.
- Ensenada: Obligatory use of face mask in public spaces, businesses and government buildings, and additional health screenings. Alcoholic beverages may only be sold until 8:59 p.m. Public and recreational spaces, including beaches, are still closed. The curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.is still in effect.
- Bahia de los Angeles: Curfew in place from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Baja California Sur
The government has determined that the state is in the red on the federal stoplight system. Obligatory use of masks remains for public places, businesses, and government buildings. Additional health screenings are being implemented, especially in businesses and airports. By State decree, hotels, restaurants, and beaches are only allowed to operate at a maximum 30 percent capacity. The decree noted that individuals who fail to comply may be subject to fines or community service and that repeat offenders will be criminally charged. Public gatherings are prohibited. The decree defines essential activities for citizens as the following: to purchase/obtain food and essential items; to visit hospitals and establishments to receive health services; to work in essential activities; to return home; to care for elderly, disabled, or children; to move to and from financial or insurance establishments; and to deliver donations of food and “first necessity items” to public and private NGOs for distribution to underprivileged families. Vehicles on public roads may only have the driver aboard. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- La Paz: Traffic is limited by a 10 p.m. curfew and is limited to essential nature only before curfew, with single occupancy only in cars unless required. Traffic restrictions will be imposed to reduce traffic by 50 percent. Nine health checkpoints have been established in the city and seven in outlying districts to strengthen the health cordon. Fines will be assessed for vehicular use, parties, or violations of curfew. Alcohol sales are permitted until 6 p.m. daily and violators will be prosecuted. Anyone in public must wear a mask, irrespective of activity. The city plans to publish a list of non-essential businesses. Beaches are closed.
- Los Cabos: La distancia física de al menos dos metros es obligatoria en lugares públicos. Las playas están abiertas para nadar, trotar y caminar de 6 a. m. a 8 p. m. La Terminal 2 del Aeropuerto Internacional de San José ha reabierto y el aeropuerto está operando a su totalidad.
- Loreto: La distancia física de al menos dos metros es obligatoria en lugares públicos. Las playas están abiertas.
The government has determined that the state is in the red on the state 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.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the state stoplight system. The state began reopening on Monday, June 15. In addition to distancing measures and restricting business operations to those legally deemed essential, state and municipal authorities require residents to wear masks in public places (including on public transportation), limit the amount of shoppers in stores, limit occupancy and hours of public transportation, and limit personal vehicles to no more than two adults. Many hotels in the state of Chihuahua have closed and many are in the process of closing. U.S. citizens traveling through Chihuahua should call and confirm operating status if intending to stay at a hotel. There are also health checkpoints between cities and for southbound traffic at the U.S.-Mexico border. Police will enforce the new restrictions and social distancing. CBP has either closed or reduced hours at many border crossings due to a significant reduction in traffic. See CBP official websites and monitor the CBP border wait times site for current information.
- Ciudad Juarez: The Ciudad Juarez municipal government implemented a stay at home order. Police officers will stop all vehicles or pedestrians violating the order to verify that they are out of their houses for an essential purpose, such as obtaining groceries, visiting a pharmacy, or going to a hospital.
Ciudad de Mexico
The government assesses Mexico City is orange on the stoplight system and began reopening on June 29. 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, and electric and hybrid vehicles are now exempt from the program. The program does not apply to public transportation, emergency services, and funeral services, as well as vehicles with disability plates. If your car has a hologram, you should consult the Hoy no circula program web page to confirm which day you may not drive your car during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions apply from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Public transportation is operating at a reduced capacity. As of June 1, 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. The government also suggests that people maintain 1.5 meters distance from others, refrain from physical contact during greetings, avoid wearing jewelry or ties, and be clean shaven. 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 State of Durango has instituted a stay-at-home order. Among other measures, large gatherings have been prohibited, those in the state should remain in their houses unless there is a “justified reason,” and no more than three passengers in a car is permitted. Public parks and plazas and the city center of Durango City have been closed. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Officials may issue fines, order community service, and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. The government has determined that the state is in the red on the state stoplight system.
State officials have announced that routine medical care will be rescheduled and only emergency services will be provided. Authorities have banned sporting activities and parties and have closed gymnasiums. They have also imposed access controls to shopping centers and public markets. The federal government has determined that the state is in the orange on the state stoplight system. Hotels, restaurants, and retail stores are only allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity.
- San Miguel de Allende: As of May 1, the use of masks is obligatory. Authorities can fine or detain violators for up to 36 hours. As of June 1, 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.
On April 30, 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). 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.
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 the red on the national stoplight system. Authorities in Jalisco are implementing Phase 0 Reopening regulations. While they are working towards reopening non-essential businesses, they are still strictly enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas. Police will fine or administratively detain anyone flouting these regulations. Formerly non-essential businesses will need to be certified for reopening, and those already certified by state inspectors may resume operations as planned. The state of Jalisco has set checkpoints along major highways on the state line to confirm that travelers have a legitimate need to travel and determine whether travelers from other states should be admitted.
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, 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. The governor stated that all non-essential activities must come to a halt and fines and penalties will be applied to those who fail to comply. Businesses dedicated to selling food, medicine, or basic necessities will remain open. 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.
The government has determined that the state is in the red on the state 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.
- Morelia: Authorities are checking temperature and watching to make sure that people maintain a healthy distance in cars and wear face masks.
A checkpoint in Acaponeta on federal highway 15D was set up in order to conduct health checks on people entering Nayarit from Sinaloa and exiting Nayarit towards Sinaloa. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
The dramatic increase in cases in Nuevo León has prompted restrictive measures. 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. The curfew during the week from Monday through Friday is 22:00 to 05:00. Stay-at-home order is required for the weekend with the exception of emergencies. Restaurants will continue to operate with take-out as an option. Activities in the river and tourist areas are suspended.
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.
Other restrictions vary by municipality. Many municipalities including Monterrey and San Pedro have instituted stay-at-home orders; prohibited residents from being outdoors without proper justification; closed all parks; and suspended public events and large gatherings.
On April 24, San Pedro set up checkpoints into the city. Officials are only allowing residents and those conducting an essential activity to enter the city. San Pedro Garza Garcia will administer fines or jail time for people failing to use facemask in public. This measure also applies for people inside any commerce or performing outdoor activities. Drivers inside vehicles will be also subject to this administrative sanction.
San Nicolas de los Garza has made the use of facemasks when outside the home a requirement, even while inside a vehicle.
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. As of April 21, the historic city center is closed from 3 Oriente-Poniente Street to 18 Oriente-Poniente, and from 2 Norte-Sur Street to 11 Norte-Sur Avenue. The governor has also announced that students would not be returning to school for the remainder of the school year.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange 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.
At this time, consular agencies in Cancun and Playa del Carmen are able to provide a limited number of emergency services by appointment only. Information on Quintana Roo’s state-level stoplight system can be found at: https://reactivemosq.roo.gob.mx/semaforo-de-riesgo-epidemiologico-covid-19/. Details on the reopening of businesses under this system can be found at: https://reactivemosq.roo.gob.mx/actividades-economicas/. The state government has announced that Quintana Roo will be classified orange (on Quintana Roo’s own state-level rating system) from August 10 to 16. Authorities in Quintana Roo have instituted a daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The use of face masks in public is mandatory. All businesses are closed except for those deemed essential. Those circulating for essential business must obtain a permit. Those lacking a permit will be stopped by police to verify their purpose of travel. Only one person per family may enter essential businesses. Transportation restrictions are as follows: one person per motorcycle, four people per private vehicle, three people per taxi, and public transportation is operating at 50% capacity. The government announced that tourists and vehicles from other states are now welcome to circulate throughout Quintana Roo, ending the prior restriction limiting vehicle circulation to those carrying out essential business. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. Public schools will be allowed to reopen in August for the 2020-2021 school year as long as the state is designated green in the national stoplight system. The Quintana Roo State Government tweeted that the restricted schedule for the sale of alcohol is being extended to August 31, 2020. Alcohol sales are allowed under the following parameters:
- Supermarkets and convenience stores: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Restaurants: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily
- Restaurants-Bars: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Cancun:Public transportation has been reduced to 50 percent of its normal capacity. On Facebook Live, the Cancun Mayor announced that members of the National Guard have been placed around hospitals to safeguard personnel. Supermarkets and convenience stores are open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local government has identified six zones in Cancun with the highest rates of transmission and is asking that individuals avoid these areas. These zones include:
- Av. Arco Norte with Av. Kabah and Av. Tules
- Av. 20 de Noviembre with Av. Kabah and Av. Niños Heroes
- Av. Lopez Portillo with Av. Tulum and Av. Andres Quintana Roo
- Av. La Luna and Calle 121
- Av. 149 and Av. Lopez Portillo
- Av. Puerto Juárez and Av. Lak-in
- Cozumel: Those not following the below measures will be subject to administrative sanctions by the local government. Taxis will only transport the following: one adult passenger wearing a face mask, one adult passenger and one minor both wearing face masks, or two adults with face masks if it is a medical emergency. Private vehicles can only transit with one person, while motorcycles can carry two people. The use of public transport is prohibited. Essential businesses may only remain open until 4 p.m. Only clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals may continue to operate during their normal business hours. Nonessential businesses must continue to remain closed. Businesses that do not comply will be punished by fines, suspensions, and closures. Additionally, owners of noncomplying businesses may be imprisoned for up to 36 hours. Police have set roadblocks on the north and south end of the hotel zone to make sure people are not going to the beaches. Per the Subdirector of Transit, police are taking temperatures at security filters set up throughout the island. The daily curfew is now from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. The prohibition on the use of public spaces, sports units, parks, beaches, and public transport remains in force Lights in the main parks will be turned off to encourage residents to stay inside
- Isla Mujeres: Only one passenger is allowed per vehicle. The ferry schedule has been reduced. The passenger ferry has only six routes per day to Puerto Juarez, and passengers must pass through a sanitizing station on either side. The car ferry has just two routes per day, and they are set one hour apart, rendering it impossible for Isla residents to bring their cars to Cancun to do shopping as there is not enough time between the routes to return the same day. The ferry crossing is to be utilized primarily for cargo trucks to bring products to the island. Beaches remain closed until the federal government approves reopening.
- Playa Del Carmen: Authorities have closed roads and set up police filters throughout town to limit the circulation of individuals. The following roads have been closed: Av. 30 con Calle 5 Sur; Av. 30 con Calle 3 Sur; Av. 30 con Calle 1ra Sur Bis; Av. Juarez con Av. 30; Av. 30 con Calle 4; Av. 30 con Calle 4 Bis; Av. 30 con Calle 6; Av. 30 con Calle 8; Av. 25 con Calle 8; Av. 30 con Calle 12; Av. 30 con Calle 14; Av. 20 con Calle 6; Av. 30 con Av. Constituyentes; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 25; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 15; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 1ra; Av. 28 de Julio con Blvd. Playa del Carmen. El Puente de la Carretera Federal is closed going both ways. There is no curfew in effect. Local authorities suggest that individuals stay home from 7 p.m. – 5 a.m.
- Puerto Morelos: Non-essential businesses remain closed and essential businesses continue to operate under reduced hours. The construction and tourism industries are considered essential. Those that do not abide by sanitary measures will be subject to arrest, administrative sanctions, and closures. In order to limit circulation, the local government will permanently close roads throughout the municipality. Three taxis per taxi station will be allowed per site. Collective taxis, like taxi vans, will only be allowed to transport six people at a time between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Stores will only permit one person per family to enter. Residents should only go out to purchase food or medication. Additionally, children, pregnant women, and the elderly will be prohibited from entering these businesses. The sale of construction materials is restricted. No one is allowed in public spaces such as parks, gyms, or social clubs. Beaches continue to remain closed.
- Solidaridad Municipality: All beaches remain closed in the municipality. Recreational activities in cenotes, swimming pools, and water parks are allowed at 30 percent capacity.
San Luis Potosi
The government has suspended non-essential activities and gatherings of more than 50 people. Stay-at-home orders for people over 60 years, pregnant, or who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung, kidney or liver disease have been implemented. Parks and plazas have been closed. Residents are encouraged to wear masks. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Officials recommend travelers from outside the country self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to the state. Press reports that individuals may be fined if found to be in violation of stay at home orders that apply to people over 60 years old and vulnerable people. Official government statements do not address the issuance of fines under those circumstances. The government has determined that the state is in the red on the stoplight system.
Sinaloa is recommending all residents follow federal guidelines to promote social distancing. Cities are applying varying restrictions, with some considerably 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. Officials in some municipalities may issue fines to individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- Culiacan: The city issued an obligatory stay-at-home order for the population, instituted sanitary check points at city limits, and closed nonessential businesses in the downtown area. Sanitary checkpoints have been installed at the border with Nayarit.
- Mazatlan: Mazatlan hotels are closed and the city has sanitary checkpoints at city limits. Secondary roads into Mazatlan are closed. The Malecon is closed to the public. City parks are closed. Face masks are required for all public transportation. Motorcycles are restricted to one person. Automobiles are restricted to a maximum of three people.
Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich announced border closure along the Sonora-Arizona border. The travel restrictions include checkpoints at each port of entry. American citizens are banned from beaches in the state. The state has made stay-at-home recommendations obligatory in its 12 major cities. Residents are instructed to remain in their homes unless they are shopping for essential needs, such as groceries and medications; seeking medical care; traveling to work at businesses and entities determined by the state government as essential; caring for senior citizens, people with disabilities, dependent minors, or other vulnerable people; and traveling to banks. Fines are being levied against anyone traveling with more than one person in a vehicle except for narrowly defined exceptions, including taxis which may only carry the driver and one passenger or one parent and children. Face masks are required in public. Exercise outside is prohibited. Stores are limiting shoppers to one person per family, unless they are elderly and in need of assistance. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- Hermosillo: Hermosillo issued a stay-at-home order for the entire population unless specifically exempted. Those exempted must use masks and carry their exempted company’s badge or a letter to demonstrate they and their employer are essential and their travel is related to company/official business. Outside Hermosillo, police checkpoints are in place on roads to tourist areas and rural communities. Police are instructing people to return home if they cannot demonstrate they are area residents. Some rural towns have imposed very strict social distancing measures, including restricting entry by non-residents. All commercial activities are suspended from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Monday through Sunday. Commercial businesses, such as Costco, Walmart, and Oxxo, will be closed during those hours. From 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., restaurants may only sell food to go. Authorities are empowered to establish safe transit vehicular checkpoints. A safe transit permit can be requested via letter to the Municipal Transit Authority. Random tests will be carried out throughout the city in order to mitigate contagion. The use of masks is mandatory. Establishments that do not ensure employees and customers comply with this sanitary measure will be penalized.
- Puerto Penasco: Any person entering the city will need to prove residence in the city. Mexican authorities have deployed checkpoints with law enforcement and health department personnel. People who cannot prove residence in the city are being returned. This restriction does not apply to commercial vehicles necessary for commerce and/or essential supplies.
- Nogales and Agua Prieta: Authorities have instituted an additional temperature health check at the ports of entry. Municipalities are under lockdown and individuals require justified reasons to be outside (such as excursions for healthcare, buying groceries, banking, or work). Only one person per family is allowed in supermarkets, pharmacies, and other essential business locations. Municipal police checkpoints have been instituted within the cities. Only one person per vehicle is permitted. Masks should be used when in public.The Municipal Health Department in Nogales is requiring all travelers entering Mexico by car at the Mariposa and DeConcini POEs to exit their vehicles and pass through a tunnel spraying mild antiseptics. Local authorities say the antiseptics are innocuous to people and the environment, and claim the spray is intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. Embassy and consulates do not have additional information on the efficacy of the practice at this time.
The government has determined that the state will return to red on the state stoplight system on June 22. 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 p.m. Supermarkets and essential establishments must close at 6 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 in the red on the state stoplight system. Tamaulipas recommends that individuals remain at home, except for essential movements. Mexican authorities are performing temperature checks and health inspections at the international ports of entry and between municipalities. Southbound U.S. citizen travelers who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who decline to have their temperature checked may be denied entry to Mexico. There can be no more than two people in a private vehicle (the driver and one passenger) and all occupants must wear face masks/coverings. Vehicles with more than two people and travelers not wearing face masks/coverings may be refused entry into Mexico. In addition, in accordance with the U.S.-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, authorities may deny U.S. citizens entry to Mexico if they do not demonstrate residence in Mexico or cannot prove they have an essential reason for travel. People who are transiting the border or moving within the state frequently for work should carry a letter attesting to their employment and the essential nature of their movements.
In major cities in Tamaulipas, certain vehicles are prohibited from being driven one day per week, depending on the last digit of the license plate, under the Hoy No Circula program. This measure applies to national and foreign vehicles. In all municipalities of Tamaulipas, all work and services are suspended from 22:00 until 05:00, with the exception of pharmacies, medical units, and hospitals. The circulation of vehicles between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00 is only permitted for travel to pharmacies, health care facilities, social assistance institutions, public security institutions, and institutions considered essential for the protection of individuals or property.
As of June 30, authorities have ordered non-essential businesses closed again. Only pharmacies, laboratories, medical clinics, food stores, gas, water, and gasoline sales are allowed to remain open. Supermarkets and convenience stores have restricted opening days and hours, are subject to frequent compliance inspections, and are limiting the number of people who can enter. 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.
Northbound travelers returning to the United States may generally transit the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Reynosa en route to the border, though they may also be subject to health screening. Some international bridge hours have changed. 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 the red on the state stoplight system. The Veracruz government restricted access to the cities of Xalpa, Veracruz, Boca del Río, Coatzacoalcos, Poza Rica, Tuxpan, Córdoba, and Orizaba from May 27 to May 31.
Information on Yucatan’s state-level stoplight system can be found at: http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/saladeprensa/ver_nota.php?id=2894 and https://reactivacion.yucatan.gob.mx/. Details on the reopening of businesses under this plan can be found at: http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/saladeprensa/ver_nota.php?id=2896. The governor of Yucatan announced that face masks are mandatory in public places and only two individuals at a time are allowed to circulate in private vehicles (the passenger must ride in the back seat). All vehicles, except for emergency and medical transportation, are prohibited from circulating from 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Local police have set up several filters throughout Merida to ensure compliance with these measures. Individuals not complying may be fined up to 43,000 pesos or arrested for up to 36 hours. In the coastal municipalities, the mobility restrictions will start at 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Yucatan reinstated its dry law until August 15, and most road traffic will be limited from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in coastal communities. Non-essential businesses must close each day by 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday and remain closed on the weekends. Restaurants can remain open for indoor dining on weekdays until 10 p.m. but can only offer home-delivery service on the weekends. All ports and harbors are closed. Recreational boats are prohibited from transiting, except for those used for fishing. The government of Yucatan announced its plan to reopen in waves to be determined by a tailored stoplight system for the state of Yucatan. Every Thursday the stoplight will indicate what stage health authorities believe the state is in. The government has determined that the state is in the red on the stoplight system.
- Progreso: The following measures are mandatory and whoever fails to comply will be sanctioned with a fine and vehicle forfeiture. All public transportation operators must use latex gloves and face masks and carry 70 percent alcohol-based sanitizing gel in their vehicle. Taxis and Ubers can carry a maximum of two passengers; using the front passenger seat is prohibited. Passengers are required to wear face masks; otherwise, they should not be serviced or allowed to board the vehicle. The curfew announced on May 5 has been suspended after it was challenged by the Yucatan Human Rights Commission.
The state has implemented a non-mandatory stay-at-home order. All nonessential businesses have been closed. The city centers of the cities of Jerez, Guadalupe, Zacatecas, and Fresnillo have been closed. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. According to the state government, the “Hoy No Circula” program will begin on May 10. Vehicles with plates that end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to drive on Sunday, May 10. From 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., vehicles with plates that end with the last digit of 1, 2, and 3 cannot drive on Mondays and Thursdays; those that end with 4, 5, and 6, on Tuesdays and Fridays; 7, 8, 9, and 0 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The program will also apply to foreign vehicles and those from other states. The government has determined that the state is in the red on the stoplight system.
- Mexican Ministry of Health Daily Updates (Spanish)
- Mexico Travel Health Notices (Spanish)
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory
- DHS Fact Sheet on Arrival Restrictions to the United States
- For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 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
06500, Ciudad de México
- 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. To modify your STEP enrollment or the alerts you receive, you must log in to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) webpage or application.
- 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