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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 4 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: [04/20/21]
(Original date: May 2, 2020)
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. This requirement does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under two years of age. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.
- As of April 19, Mexico has confirmed 2,306,910 total cases of COVID-19 within its borders since the beginning of the pandemic. Mexican authorities report widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization. The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases.
- There are no states designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between April 12 and April 25.
- 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.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mexico? [Yes]
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? [Yes]
- CDC requirement for Negative COVID-19 test prior to air travel:
- A negative viral COVID test or documentation of recovery is required for anyone traveling by air to the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents age two and over, and regardless of vaccination status.
- This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). A negative COVID test is not currently required for travel by land border.
- Air passengers are required to take a viral test (PCR/NAAT or antigen test for current infection) no more than three calendar days prior to their flight departure to the United States. Antibody tests are not compliant with the requirement.
- If you are arriving to the United States via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the three days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the United States and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the United States was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the three days before your flight that arrives in the United States.
- CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the United States have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before boarding and possible review by public health officials after arrival in the United States. Passengers must provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline prior to boarding.
- Airline personnel must verify that every passenger over age two onboard has attested to receiving a negative test result or to having recovered from COVID-19 and being cleared to travel by a licensed health professional or a public health official. In addition to presenting a negative test result or documentation of recovery (in English or Spanish), it is recommended that each passenger print and present their attestation to the airline. A parent or other authorized individual should attest on behalf of a passenger aged two to 17 years that they have received a negative test. For more guidance, please consult with your airline. To see the passenger attestation, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-and-attestation-2021-01-12-p.pdf.
- If an air traveler has had a positive viral test in the past three months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, he or she may travel instead with documentation of positive viral test results and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states the passenger has been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
- Airlines are responsible for enforcing the requirement for passengers on U.S.-bound flights. Airlines will deny boarding to anyone without a negative test or documentation of recovering from COVID-19.
- If you test positive, you must self-isolate and delay your travel. Do not travel until you have recovered completely from COVID-19.
- If your flight is delayed before departure, you will need to be re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of the three-day pre-departure testing period.
- Please ensure that the test provider you choose will provide test results that comply with CDC guidelines (for U.S.-bound travelers) and those of your airline.
- For U.S.-bound travelers, each state has its own testing and entry requirements. Verify what is necessary to enter the state to which you are traveling. The CDC offers testing and quarantine information on all states: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html
- Testing availability in Mexico:
- The Secretariat of Health (Salud) maintains a list of approved laboratories (Spanish only) for viral COVID-19 testing. Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories offer private testing for travel purposes.
- The cost of PCR tests typically range from approximately 950 MXN to 4500 MXN, and the cost of viral antigen tests typically range from 200 MXN to 1000 MXN, depending on location and speed of results. Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care. The Embassy and Consulates are unable to administer or pay for tests.
- U.S. Mission Mexico has prepared a list of private testing providers. Note: This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on this list. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Providers are listed by location, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by local service providers; the Department of State is unable to vouch for this information.
- Some airlines and international airports in Mexico offer testing on-site as a last resort for travelers – please confirm directly with your carrier for more information on availability of this service. Even if such an option is available, it is recommended to obtain your test results before arriving at the airport. At some of the indicated airports, testing on-site is only available to international passengers utilizing specific carriers, and not to all U.S.-bound travelers. If you must test on-site at an airport where it is offered, you should arrive at least three hours earlier (or follow carrier recommendations) to allow time for results. Please note testing at the airport may result in missing your flight or onward connections due to delays or if you receive a positive test result. As of February 4, international airports in the following locations confirmed the availability of on-site testing for some passengers: Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Cancun, Culiacan, Durango, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Hermosillo, La Paz, Los Cabos, Los Mochis, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Merida, Mexicali, Mexico City, Morelia, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, San Luis Potosi, Tampico, Tijuana, Torreon, Zacatecas, Zihuatanejo. Confirm testing availability directly with the airport or air carrier.
- Travelers visiting Mexico should contact their tour provider or hotel for more information on local testing options.
- You will have to pay for your test. You should contact your medical/travel insurance to find out if they will reimburse you.
- Consult with your chosen testing provider on test result delivery method and language.
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy by email at MexicoCDCWaivers@state.gov. Provide the information below and the U.S. Embassy will submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- 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 (Spanish only) for advice and support.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Mexico approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? [Yes]
- Mexico has approved emergency use of the AstraZeneca, CanSino, Pfizer, SinoVac, and Sputnik V vaccines. The Mexican government has prioritized front-line health care workers. Once more vaccine doses become available, Mexico’s objective is to vaccinate at least 75 percent of the population 16 years and older.
- Are vaccines available in Mexico for U.S. citizens to receive? [Yes]
- Mexican citizens, migrants (press release), permanent, and temporary residents in Mexico are eligible to receive the vaccine. Please review our English Language Instructions on how to register for the vaccine.
- U.S. citizens over 60 who have residency status and a CURP (Clave Única de Registro de Población) may be eligible to register to be vaccinated. A CURP is a unique identity code that Mexican citizens and permanent and temporary residents are issued.
- If you don’t know your CURP, search for it on RENAPO’s web page.
- The vaccine will not be mandatory.
- The vaccine will be offered on a universal basis for free. Mexico will prioritize recipients by at-risk groups and age. Subject to vaccine availability, Mexico’s vaccination campaign (Spanish only) includes five phases:
- Phase 1: January-February 2021 – health care workers;
- Phase 2: February-April 2021 – people 60 years old and older;
- Phase 3: April-May 2021 – people 50 to 59;
- Phase 4: May-June 2021 – people 40 to 49;
- Phase 5: June 2021-March 2022 – remaining age groups.
- People under 16 and pregnant women will not be vaccinated because clinical trials were not conducted with participants from these groups. However, these recommendations are subject to change as more data becomes available.
- Those who have had COVID-19 and no longer have an active infection will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
- People are not required to present proof of vaccination to attend school, travel, or engage in routine, daily activities. However, these rules are subject to change.
- Stay up to date with the latest on COVID-19 in Mexico and by visiting the following website: http://mivacuna.salud.gob.mx (Spanish only)
- You may also consider returning to the United States to receive your vaccine. For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in your home state, visit your U.S. state’s Health Department website.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
- The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21, 2020 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 May 21, 2021. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information.
- Travelers entering Mexico by land from Belize, Guatemala o the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential (SRE Announcement). Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
- A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry to Mexico.
- Effective January 26, 2021, a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the 3 calendar days prior to flight departure, or documentation of recovery from a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days, is required for air passengers entering the United States. Please find more details below in the “COVID-19 Testing” portion of the page.
- 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. 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. For information on extending your authorized stay in Mexico visit the nearest INM Office.
- Per the CDC order signed January 12, 2021, a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the 3 calendar days prior to flight departure, or documentation of recovery from a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days, is required for air passengers entering the United States on or after January 26, 2021. Please find more details on our website and refer to the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions. This requirement does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under 2 years of age. It applies to U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status. More information on COVID-19 testing in Mexico may be found below in the “COVID-19 Testing” portion of the page.
- 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 at their destination:
- 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 CDC currently recommends international travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home (or in a comparable location such as a hotel room) for self-quarantine for seven days post-travel.
- 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. Most schools in Mexico are closed.
- No states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between April 12 and April 25. 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.
- Five states are designated “orange” under the federal system between April 12 and April 25 (Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, , Mexico City, Mexico State, , , and Yucatan). 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.
- Nineteen states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between April 12 and April 25 (Aguascalientes, Baja California, , Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, , , Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, and Zacatecas). 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.
- Eight states are designated “green” under the federal stoplight system between April 12 and April 25 (Campeche, Chiapas, Coahuila, , Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz). 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.
- 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.
- Some Mission Mexico locations resumed limited appointments for some routine visa, passport, citizenship, and notarial services on October 20. Please see below for more details. Appointment availability is very limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms. Each applicant requires their own appointment. The number of daily appointments at each location will fluctuate based on current health conditions and local government restrictions. All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask.
- 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: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, U.S. Consulates General Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana as well as Consular Agencies Acapulco, Cancun, Oaxaca, Piedras Negras, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende have available 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.
- At this time, Consular Agencies Los Cabos and Mazatlán are only able to provide emergency services. Please contact these locations by email 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 to request an emergency appointment.
- As a reminder, U.S. citizen children do not require a CRBA to qualify for an emergency passport.
- U.S. Embassy Mexico City, U.S. Consulates General Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana as well as Consular Agencies Acapulco, Cancun, Oaxaca, Piedras Negras, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, and San Miguel de Allende have available 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.
- 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 and Consulates Generals are offering emergency visa services, interview waiver and renewal services, and at some locations, limited routine appointments are available for student and work visas. Routine tourist visa appointments remain suspended at this time across Mexico, and only cases that meet the requirements for emergency processing or are eligible for renewal with an interview waiver are being scheduled. For details on the services available at each location, please review the Status of Consular Operations webpage.
- Applicants seeking to renew their visas who meet the qualifications for an interview waiver in any visa category are being processed. Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly. Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/es-mx/niv. Eligibility requirements for visa renewal can be found at https://mx.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/. Because of limited capacity and safety precautions due to COVID-19, applicants should expect to experience delays in appointment availability. If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt.
- Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily residing in Mexico are not available at this time. Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this link (https://www.uscis.gov/visit-the-united-states/extend-your-stay). Visa units in Mexico are not able to grant expedited appointments for applicants who are currently in the United States except in very limited circumstances. If you believe your case qualifies for an expedited appointment as a national interest case, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Immigrant Visa applicants, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has resumed very limited routine immigrant visa processing, beginning with spouses, children, and fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens whose appointments were cancelled in March and April 2020. Immigrant visa appointments for adoptions and for cases meeting certain emergency criteria also remain available. For more information and instructions on requesting an emergency appointment, please visit https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/ciudad-juarez/visas-2/visaprocessing2020/.
- For case-specific inquiries for nonimmigrant visas, the applicant or applicant’s legal guardian may contact us here: https://mx.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/contactenos-form/. For immigrant visa cases, please contact us at https://mx.usembassy.gov/visas/contact-us-form/ 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 ability to qualify for derivative status, or in case of emergencies.
- In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we follow strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear face masks in our applicant service centers and in our visa unit waiting rooms. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by contacting us at email@example.com.
- For any other questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Mexico Information and Travel Advisory Page
Stoplight by State: https://datos.covid-19.conacyt.mx/#SemaFE
The Mexican government has determined that from March 29, 2021, the state of Baja California is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. Public health restrictions continue to apply with the recommended use of a face mask and protective goggles.
These are the activities and capacities allowed starting March 29, 2021, with the recommended use of a face mask, social distancing, and protective goggles.
New activities allowed:
- Public pools, at 30 percent of their capacity.
- Casinos, bars, and venues with or without open spaces, such as gardens, at 50 percent of their capacity.
Capacity in permitted activities:
- Professional sports, behind closed doors.
- Cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events up to 500 people, at 50 percent of their capacity.
- Shopping centers, at 50 percent of their capacity.
- Religious centers, at 50 percent of their capacity.
- Hairdressers, barbershops, and beauty salons, at 50 percent of their capacity and by appointment only.
- Parks, squares, and open public spaces, at 50 percent of their capacity.
- Markets and supermarkets, at 50 percent of their capacity.
- Public transportation, at 50 percent of its capacity.
- Gyms, sports centers, spas, and massage centers, at 65 percent of their capacity.
- Restaurants and cafeterias, at 75 percent of their capacity.
- Hotels, at 75 percent of their capacity, with permitted use of common areas and executive lounges.
- Family reunions or parties, of up to 20 people, with social distancing and in ventilated areas.
- Mass events and recreational centers: concerts, amusement parks, and fairs.
- Schools remain closed.
- Beaches remain closed.
Baja California Sur
- How To Get Your COVID-19 Test in Los Cabos
- Coronavirus – Baja California Sur Situation Report – Información de Coronavirus (bcs.gob.mx)
- Stoplight by State: https://datos.covid-19.conacyt.mx/#SemaFE
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal 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.
Beginning on April 12, 2021, the state of Chihuahua moved to the orange alert level on Mexico’s COVID-19 stoplight system, apart from the border region.
State and municipal authorities continue to recommend that individuals remain at home and limit travel to essential activities. When in public spaces, individuals are requested to practice social distancing and wear face coverings.
Industrial operations deemed essential may operate at full capacity, while operations deemed non-essential are permitted to operate at 30 percent capacity, with the possibility of being certified by authorities to expand to up to 80 percent capacity. Government offices deemed essential may operate at full capacity while non-essential offices may operate at 30 percent capacity.
Restaurants are permitted to remain open until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Restaurants may allow dining up to 30 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent capacity outdoors. Additionally, alcohol may now be sold only Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parks and outdoor recreation centers may be used for individual exercise if users comply with social distancing and face covering guidelines. Hotels can operate at 40 percent capacity, with common areas closed. Businesses inside commercial centers can operate at 30 percent capacity. Churches will be allowed to open at 30 percent capacity. Museums, theaters, and cultural centers may open at 30 percent capacity with a maximum of 100 people. Movie theaters will be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity.
Establishments directed to remain closed at this time include political campaigns, bars, event salons, nightclubs, and all large event venues. No team or contact sports are permitted. In-person classes at schools and visits to prisons and nursing homes remain suspended.
- The following localities in the northern/border areas of Chihuahua remain at the yellow alert level on Mexico’s COVID-19 stoplight system: Ciudad Juarez, Casas Grandes, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Ahumada, Asención, Buenaventura, Galeana, Guadalupe, Janos, Praxedis G. Guerrero. The below restrictions apply only to these specific municipalities:
Libraries will be open with a capacity of 50 percent, and self-service stores greater than 3,500 square meters will have a capacity of 500 people. Restaurant capacity will increase to 65 percent and resume normal hours, and the number of diners per table will increase to up to 10 people with a maximum stay of 3 hours. Bars, casinos, and nightclubs will be allowed to open with a capacity of 30 percent. Hotels will be open to 60 percent capacity. Spas will be open with 70 percent occupancy, museums and theaters will be able to reopen with a capacity of 30 percent, movie theaters will be able to increase their capacity to 50 percent, and event salons will have a capacity of 50 percent without consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Parks and public squares have a capacity of 80 percent. Other shops and venues will have a capacity of 65 percent. Churches and temples in Chihuahua will be open to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 200 people in the venue. Large and indoor events may be resumed at 30 percent capacity without alcohol consumption, while visits to rooms and nursing homes may be resumed as long as there is no direct contact with the elderly and social distancing and scheduling measures are implemented. It is important to note face-to-face classes in schools will remain suspended.
CBP has closed lanes or reduced hours at some 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. Please refer to CBP’s official website and monitor the CBP Border Wait Times site for current information.
Ciudad de Mexico
The government has determined that the state is in orange on the federal stoplight system. 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, motorcycles, public transportation, emergency services, funeral services, vehicles with disability plates, and private vehicles driven by medical professionals, among others, are exempt from the program. If your car has a hologram, you should consult the Hoy no circula program web page or the updated Mexico City government guidelines to confirm which day you may not drive, as well as other exemptions and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions apply from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public transportation is operating at a reduced capacity. As of June 1, 2020, 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.
On February 15, 2021, Mexico City moved to orange on the federal stoplight system. Under strict sanitary precautions the following businesses may open:
- Shops in outdoor spaces
- Interior and exterior gyms and swimming pools
- Temples and churches
- Car agencies
- Department stores and malls
- Car cinemas
- Tour buses may now operate
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. 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 yellow on the federal stoplight system. Authorities have imposed access controls to shopping centers and public markets. Gyms, hotels, restaurants, and retail stores are only allowed to operate at 60 percent capacity.
- San Miguel de Allende: As of May 1, 2020, the use of masks is obligatory. Authorities can fine or detain violators for up to 36 hours. As of June 1, 2020, 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.
The government has determined that the state is in red on the federal stoplight system. 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. On April 30, 2020, 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).
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. 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 orange on the federal stoplight system. 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, 2020, 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. 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.
Since February 15, 2021, per the Plan Regreso Seguro established by Mexico State authorities, the following businesses will be opened under strict health regulations:
- Hotels, malls, department stores, restaurants, and manufacturing plants under 40 percent capacity.
- Office supply shops, clothing stores, toy stores, furniture stores, supply stores, and electronics stores, while avoiding large conglomerations.
- Outdoor sporting activities are allowed at a 50 percent capacity.
- Religious services allowed at 30 percent capacity.
- Related business services are allowed but should continue to rely on telework and avoid social gatherings.
- Barbers, dry cleaners, workshops, repair shops, home appliance stores, and general maintenance businesses are allowed.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal 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. Non-essential businesses throughout Michoacán must close at 7:00 p.m. between Thursday and Saturday.
- Morelia: Authorities are checking temperature and watching to make sure that people maintain a healthy distance in cars and wear face masks.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. The use of face masks is obligatory throughout Morelos for anyone in a public or common use space, ages four and older. Failure to abide by the state’s face mask law may result in fines and penalties.
- Cuernavaca: Municipal officials may issue fines and penalties to individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders.
The government has determined that the state is in green on the federal stoplight system. 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 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 a.m. 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.
As of November 1, 2020, use of face masks in public places or inside authorized open businesses will be mandated. The municipal government and state government are authorized to arrest and/or fine individuals who violate the face mask rule (up to 36 hours of arrest or community service). According to Nuevo Leon´s government website, this also applies to foreigners visiting the State. Public or private events will continue to be allowed with a limited capacity (no more than 20 people). Event hosts may be fined with a $20,000 – $100,000 MXN fine for violating this rule. Restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, public parks, gyms, movie theaters will continue to operate with a maximum capacity of 30 percent and with a limited schedule (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). “Sana distancia” (social distancing) recommendations remain in place.
The Government of Nuevo Leon may reinstate temporary measures to mitigate further spread. For more information on these local restrictions, please visit https://www.nl.gob.mx/coronavirus.
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. As of October 30, Monterrey has instituted a 10:00 p.m. curfew.
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 government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. 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. Students will not be returning to school until Puebla is designated as green on the federal stoplight system.
The government has determined that the state is in the yellow 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.
The whole state of Quintana Roo will remain in the yellow stoplight from March 22 to March 28, 2021.
The use of face masks in public is mandatory. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay-at-home orders. 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.
Maximum capacity under the yellow stoplight state system (for the whole state of Quintana Roo):
- Tourism-related business: hotels, restaurants, archaeological sites, theme parks, tourist services, and meetings and conventions at 60 percent capacity.
- Beaches, parks, cinemas, malls, department stores, salons, real estate, and religious centers open at 60 percent
- 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 permitted in convenience stores and supermarkets Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Restaurant hours: 10:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
San Luis Potosi
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. 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. Gyms, malls and restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity. 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.
While the federal government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system, the State of Sinaloa has deemed Culiacan to be in red, while Mazatlan and Los Mochis are in brown, just below red. Sinaloa is recommending all residents follow federal guidelines to promote social distancing. Cities are applying varying restrictions, with some 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: All normal work activities are permitted at this time. Public spaces are open with capacity controls in place. Restaurants and hotels are open to a maximum of 75 percent occupancy and are held to the current sanitary protocols including social distancing and face masks. Theaters and stadiums are open with occupancy limits of 50 percent. Face mask are required while riding public transport.
- Mazatlán: Mazatlan is open to tourism. Hotels are open with occupancy limits in place. Sanitary measures include mandatory use of face masks on all public transport. The Malecon and beaches are open to the public. Access to public areas is monitored by the local authorities and people are encouraged to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 yards from other family groups. Stadiums and theaters are open with capacity limits between 30 and 40 percent. Restaurants are open with sanitary seating limits of four people per table.
There will be random checkpoints with personnel from the Health Secretariat checking the temperature of visitors. Camping is now allowed.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. Measures to restrict mobility and social gatherings remain in effect:
- Nightclubs and bars that don’t serve food must suspend all activities.
- Activities with no schedule restrictions: hospital services, pharmacies, security services, rescue and civil protection services, essential public services such as energy, water, telecommunications, postal services, gas stations, insurance companies’ claims adjusters, taxi service, and transportation platforms such as Uber, InDrive, and Didi. Funeral homes and distribution centers for essential activities may also remain open.
- Religious services do not have schedule restrictions but must abide by the maximum capacity of 50 percent established in the Sanitary Security Protocol for Religious Celebrations.
- Social gatherings (weddings, quinceañeras, and christenings, among others), must abide by the same restrictions listed above. Gatherings in open spaces will have a maximum capacity of 50 people and may last no longer than two hours. In closed venues, the maximum capacity will be 20 people with a maximum duration of 1.5 hours. In both cases, facemasks are mandatory.
- Gatherings in private homes must not exceed of 10 persons, preferably of the same family, and should take place outdoors whenever possible.
- Sports events must take place without the public.
- Food truck parks may operate with up to 30 percent full capacity. Use of facemasks and safe distance will be enforced.
- Only one person per family will be granted access to markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, and grocery shops. The use of facemasks is mandatory.
- Shopping malls may operate at up to 30 percent normal capacity and must encourage programmed and online shopping.
- Movie theaters will allow a maximum capacity of 40 people per cinema, ensuring safe distance and use of facemasks.
- Children under 12 will not be granted access to closed environments.
- The use of facemasks is mandatory in restaurants and restaurant-bars.
- In addition to these specific health measures, the use of face masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing is mandatory.
Nogales, San Luis Rio Colorado, Agua Prieta, and Cananea.
- Mobility is not restricted in these cities.
- Businesses may operate between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., including restaurant-bars, food trucks, gyms, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, and all other businesses.
- Indoor venues may operate at 75 percent of maximum capacity (up to 200 people).
- Outdoor venues may operate at 100 percent capacity.
- Mobility is not restricted in this city.
- Businesses may operate between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., including restaurant-bars, food trucks, gyms, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, and all other businesses.
- Indoor venues may operate 50 percent of maximum capacity (up to 100 people).
- Outdoor venues may operate at 75 percent of maximum capacity (up to 200 people).
- The following additional health measures are in effect for the city of Puerto Penasco:
- The Municipal Health & Safety Board recently approved temporary health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 over Spring Break and Easter 2021. These protocols will be in effect from February 26 to March 14 and from March 29 to April 4. To view these updated health protocols, visit https://puertopenasco.gob.mx/2021/02/26/spring-break-semana-santa-2021-health-protocols-in-rocky-point/. Outside of these dates, the health measures listed above will remain in effect.
Hermosillo, Bahia Kino, and San Carlos
- Business operation restrictions remain in place, and businesses are closed from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. This includes restaurants, restaurant-bars, food trucks, casinos, party venues, movie theaters, gyms, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, and liquor stores. Normally, only one shopper per family may enter a grocery store. Facemasks are mandatory.
- Churches may operate at 50 percent of building capacity but are instructed to maintain health measures such as masking and social distancing.
- Restaurant capacity is limited to 75 percent with facemasks to be worn at all times except while eating or drinking.
- Movie theaters, other theaters, and museums are limited to 50 percent capacity.
Certain cities within the state of Sonora are currently in yellow per Sonora’s updated municipality stoplight system and may have additional and varying local restrictions, such as the placement of random health checkpoints throughout the cities. Cities that are currently in yellow are Caborca, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Epalme, Cajeme, and Navojoa.
The following restrictions are in place in Sonora between March 26 and April 11, 2021 in an effort to halt an upward trend of COVID-19 cases during the week of Spring Break:
Tourists will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test from a laboratory taken within 72 hours in order to access beaches and/or tourist destinations. Beaches and/or tourist destinations will allow admission between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to those who present a negative PCR or antigen test. This curfew is not applicable to those who have a reservation or residence at a beach or tourist destination.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal 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 7:00 p.m. Supermarkets and essential establishments must close at 6:00 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 green on the federal stoplight system. Tamaulipas recommends that individuals remain at home, except for essential movements. Mexican authorities may perform 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. Mexican authorities recommend that private vehicles have less than two people in them (the driver and one passenger) and all occupants wear face masks/coverings. 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 certain municipalities of Tamaulipas, all work and services are suspended from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., with the exception of pharmacies, medical units, and hospitals.
Within these municipalities, the circulation of vehicles between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 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.
Non-essential businesses and activities have restricted opening days and hours, are subject to frequent compliance inspections, and are limiting the number of people who can enter.
Pharmacies, laboratories, medical clinics, and businesses selling gas and water are allowed to remain open without restrictions. 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.
The government has determined that the state is orange in the national stoplight system. In order to avoid an increase in the number of infections, Progreso boardwalk will be closed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic from March 26 to April 11, 2021; restaurants will remain open with proper safety protocols.
The government has determined that the state is in yellow on the federal stoplight system. 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.
- 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.
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- 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 to 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.