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The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on September 8, 2020. Reconsider 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.
Mexico has lifted stay at home orders in some areas and resumed some transportation and business operations.
Last updated: [10/26/20]
(Original date: May 2, 2020)
- The number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reached its peak nationwide by mid-July and began a decrease that continued for nine weeks. This decline stopped by the second week of September and has plateaued or increased slightly ever since. In many states, there has been a considerable increase in the number of cases as well as of hospitalizations. Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Mexico State, Guanajuato, and Jalisco report the highest number of active cases for the preceding two-week period as of October 20. The states reporting the highest rates of hospital occupancy are Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Nayarit, and Mexico City as of October 17. Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home as much as possible and leave home only for work and essential activities according to the color assigned to each state under the national stoplight system, always following social distance measures, frequent hand hygiene, and mask-wearing. Schools remained closed in nearly all states.
- Mexico confirmed 891,16 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of October 25. 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.
- The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on September 8. Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to
crime and kidnapping. Read the entire Travel Advisory .
- Please see the latest information about the status of consular operations including routine appointments and emergency services.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
- 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 November 21. 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.
- Mexican immigration (INM) announced October 1 it had the authority to return, fine, or jail foreign travelers who do not comply with sanitary measures, such as wearing masks, participating in health screening, or not traveling with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms at ports of entry and exit, immigration checkpoints throughout Mexico, and immigration stations and offices. Please see the Mexican government’s October 1 announcement for more information.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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 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 for advice and support.
- 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:
- On June 1, 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. Schools in Mexico are closed.
- One state is designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Chihuahua). 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.
- Nineteen states are designated “orange” under the federal system between October 26 and November 9 (Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico City, México State, Michoacán, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Yucatán, and Zacatecas). 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.
- Eleven states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Chiapas, Guanajuato, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Tabasco, and Veracruz). 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.
- One state is designated “green” under the federal stoplight system between October 26 and November 9 (Campeche). 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.
- 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.
- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates general in Mexico suspended routine consular and visa services March 18 due to COVID-19.
- 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: Effective October 20, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and Consulates General Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana will resume 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, Consulate General Ciudad Juarez and Consular Agencies Acapulco, Los Cabos, Cancun, Mazatlan, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Piedras Negras, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende, are only able to provide emergency services. Please contact these locations by email or call +52 55-8526-2561 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 or call +52 55-8526-2561 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 FBU.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 in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulates in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana and Hermosillo have resumed limited operations for student visa processing for Mexican citizens and residents. Applicants should visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-mx/nivto schedule an appointment.
- Where conditions allow for it, we have resumed limited processing of visa renewals eligible for interview waiver, since these cases do not require applicants to visit our consular sections. Schedule a renewal appointment at https://mx.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.
- Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended until further notice. Applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment via https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-MX/niv.
- For case-specific inquiries for nonimmigrant visas, please contact us here: https://mx.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/contactenos-form/. For immigrant visa cases, please contact us at https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/ciudad-juarez/visas-2/ 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 case, or in case of emergencies.
- In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we will institute strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear masks. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact us at email@example.com to reschedule their interview.
- For any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- If you or someone you know is facing or has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence while in Mexico, please call 911 for assistance or reach out to a local organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence. U.S. citizens can contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you or the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 for help. We have staff on duty around the clock to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies. Additional resources for victims of crime are available on travel.state.gov.
- 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 federal stoplight system. 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 orange 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 orange 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.
Due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Chihuahua, authorities have decided that as of October 23 the state’s COVID-19 stoplight system will change from orange (high alert) to red (highest alert). In addition to restricting business operations to those legally deemed essential, state and municipal authorities will require residents to practice social distancing, wear face coverings in public places (including on public transportation), and limit the amount of shoppers in stores. Authorities in Ciudad Juarez will restrict vehicle traffic and strongly encourage residents to be off the streets from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. There will be a ban on alcohol sales Thursdays through Sundays and, on weekdays, after 6pm. Those holding house parties or gatherings are subject to arrest by local police. Limits apply to occupancy and hours of public transportation, and personal vehicles may carry no more than two adults. Hotels in Ciudad Juarez and other cities in red status will operate at 15 percent occupancy. U.S. citizens traveling through Chihuahua should reconfirm accommodation availability and operating status with hotels ahead of time. Restaurants may offer take-out options only. Some businesses are conducting temperature checks. CBP has either closed or reduced hours at many smaller border crossings due to a significant reduction in traffic. CBP may also question travelers returning to the United States on their purpose of travel in Mexico. See CBP official websites and monitor the CBP border wait times site for current information.
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 orange in the federal 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 yellow 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 orange 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 orange 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.
Quintana Roo will move to the orange stoplight. The use of face masks in public is mandatory. Only one person per family may enter essential businesses. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. Transportation limits remain the same. 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 percent capacity. Beginning October 1, restaurants are permitted to sell alcohol daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Public schools started virtually in August 2020 and will resume in-person classes when the state is designated green in the national stoplight system.
Maximum capacity under the yellow stoplight state system:
- Administrative services to 75 percent.
- Open air gyms and athletic clubs to 70 percent.
- Indoor gyms to 50 percent.
- Hotels, tourism, recreation, beaches and public parks, religious services, hair salons, malls, and cinemas to 60 percent.
- Schools, bars, clubs, and nightlife activities remain closed.
- Alcohol sales are allowed under the following parameters:
- Convenience stores and supermarkets: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Restaurants: 10:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
- Cozumel: Effective September 7, Cozumel has in effect a nightly curfew from
11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- Cozumel: Effective September 7, Cozumel has in effect a nightly curfew from
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 orange 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 is yellow in the state 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 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 yellow 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.
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. Restaurants operate for in-person dining, from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and home delivery from Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stores and shops outside the historic center, as well as cinemas (with reduced numbers of attendees) and shopping centers in the north of Mérida, are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Starting November 2, parks and beaches will reopen, but playgrounds will remain closed. Social events, such as parties and weddings, will be allowed throughout the week with a maximum capacity of 50 people if indoors and 100 people if outdoors. Bowling and billiards facilities will reopen, and malls and restaurants will open all week. The three people per car restriction will be lifted.
Hotels will allow 50 percent capacity and curfew will start at 11:30 p.m
The government of Yucatan announced the state will continue 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 orange in 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 was 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 orange on the stoplight system.