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May 24, 2020
- The number of confirmed and suspected cases is still increasing daily in several regions of Mexico. Mexico City, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatan, and Baja California currently report the highest incident rates of active cases (incident rate is the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days). Hospital occupancy rates are also increasing, with the highest levels in Mexico City, Mexico State, Guerrero, Baja California, and Veracruz. Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home during this time.
- The annual 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony held at Mexico City’s National Cemetery has been canceled. In its place, there will be a private wreath-laying ceremony on May 25 with Ambassador Landau and the embassy’s senior Department of Defense official. The embassy will post the Ambassador’s remarks and photos from the event on social media.
- Mexico confirmed 65,856 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of May 23. Authorities continue to investigate additional suspected cases. The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases.
- On April 21, the Mexican government announced the start of Phase 3 of the pandemic, meaning widespread community transmission, thousands of cases of infection, and increased numbers of patients requiring hospitalization.
- Please see the latest information about the status of consular operations including routine appointments and emergency services.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
- Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
- Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.
- Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.
- Mexican Immigration (INM) continues to provide law enforcement and public counter services across Mexico. However, due to reduced staffing, members of the public might experience long wait times for routine services. INM recommends monitoring its website and Twitter account for information about its current operating status.
Schools, Business, Transportation, and Government Closures:
- The Mexican government is implementing the following measures and recommendations until May 30 in most municipalities.
- Schools are closed until May 30 in most municipalities.
- Non-essential activities have been suspended. Essential activities include medical services and supplies, public safety, fundamental economic functions, government social programs, and critical infrastructure.
- Meetings of 100 participants or greater have been suspended.
- 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.
- On April 3, Mexican Tourism and Health officials instructed hotels to cancel new and existing reservations and close for non-essential business.Guests that require accommodation due to essential business activities are permitted to stay in hotels with a maximum occupancy of 15 percent and may be asked to provide an employer letter certifying the nature of their business. Non-resident foreign citizens currently in hotel accommodation must begin the process of returning home immediately. Individuals 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.
- States and municipalities may implement additional closings and restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations. 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. Please see additional information on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local Resources” section below. This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice. Please confirm directly with government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.
Quarantine and Healthcare Information:
- The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A variety of prevention measures can be found at https://coronavirus.gob.mx
- The symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing) are very similar to other respiratory diseases. If you have mild symptoms call your usual health care provider or call the Mexican government’s hotline at 800 0044 800 or 55 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.
- For U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Mexico and all other foreign locations, the CDC recommends you self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.
- Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here: https://coronavirus.gob.mx/contacto/
- U.S. citizens in Mexico with questions about Mexican immigration policies should contact local immigration authorities for information.
- Refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources. It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.
- Information about state and municipal level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and links to the official state COVID-19 websites are below. Please note that the situation is rapidly changing and that the information provided here about local and state restrictions is subject to change without notice and may not be comprehensive.
Phase 2 public health restrictions continue to be enforced until May 30, 2020. 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 and restaurants may offer take-out service only.
- Ensenada: Municipal authorities have established an additional health screening on the highway entrance into town. Temperature checks are being administered and travelers must demonstrate they are carrying out an essential function to be permitted entry into the municipality.
- Bahia de los Angeles: Curfew in place from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Baja California Sur
The state government issued a statewide decree April 24 reiterating federal anti-COVID measures and added that residents may only go out by themselves, for essential activities, and observing social distancing measures. It is recommended to wear masks in public and limit travel and commercial activity to essential functions only. 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. Schools and public beaches are closed, restaurants are offering take-out services only. 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.
Coahuila has instituted a stay-at-home order. Large gathering have been prohibited, those in the state should remain at home unless there is a “justified reason.” Public parks and plazas and the city center of Saltillo have been closed. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. All nonessential businesses are closed. Wearing masks in public is required, including while in a vehicle. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- Cuidad 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. The use of masks/face coverings is obligatory. International Bridge 1 between Eagle Pass, TX and Piedras Negras has reduced operating hours (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The Amistad Dam bridge between Del Rio, TX and Ciudad Acuña is closed. 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. Media reports that the city of Piedras Negras will not allow more than one person in a vehicle at a time. Exceptions exist for essential travel and emergencies, and violators risk fines. Taxis are authorized to accept only one passenger at a time. Border cities in Texas have instituted curfews, closed non-essential businesses, and have mandated the use of masks in public spaces (including inside of vehicles with more than one person).
To maximize the effectiveness of social distancing against the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Chihuahua, the governor extended mitigation measures through May 31. In addition to distancing measures and restricting business operations to those legally deemed essential, state and municipal authorities now require residents to wear masks in public places (including on public transportation), limit the amount of shoppers in stores, limit occupancy and hours of public transportation, and limit personal vehicles to no more than two adults. Many hotels in the state of Chihuahua have closed and many are in the process of closing. U.S. citizens traveling through Chihuahua should call and confirm operating status if intending to stay at a hotel. There are also health checkpoints between cities and for southbound traffic at the U.S.-Mexico border. Police will enforce the new restrictions and social distancing. CBP has either closed or reduced hours at many border crossings due to a significant reduction in traffic. See CBP official websites and monitor the CBP border wait times site for current information.
- Ciudad Juarez: The Ciudad Juarez municipal government has implemented a stay at home order through May 18. Police officers will stop all vehicles or pedestrians violating the order to verify that they are out of their houses for an essential purpose, such as obtaining groceries, visiting a pharmacy, or going to a hospital.
Ciudad de Mexico
Effective April 23, Mexico City expanded the Hoy no circula program to reduce unnecessary vehicular movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new restriction expands the one-day-per week prohibition to include cars that previously were exempt (those with a 0 or 00 hologram and generally newer or low-emissions cars). 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. All non-essential activities are restricted, and only supermarkets, pharmacies, and food markets should be operating. Public transportation is operating at a reduced capacity. As of April 26, the use of face coverings/masks in public areas 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 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 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.
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.
- 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 will be instituting the “Hoy No Circula” program. License plates that end in 0 and 1 will 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 will be no restrictions for Saturday and Sunday traffic. These restrictions will 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 will remain closed until May 30.
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.
Authorities in Jalisco are strictly enforcing new Phase 3 regulations, including the mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas and a prohibition on recreational walking, running, and bicycling. Essential workers are encouraged to carry evidence of their positions at all times. Police will fine or administratively detain anyone flouting these regulations. 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.
The State of Mexico announced that public transportation will operate 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. 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 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.
Restrictions vary by municipality. Monterrey, among other measures, has instituted a stay-at-home order; residents are prohibited from being outdoors without proper justification; and public events and large gatherings have been suspended. No more than two people are allowed in private vehicles at a time. Wearing masks in public has been recommended. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state.
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. Beginning on May 11, Puebla will implement the “Hoy No Circula” program. On Monday, vehicles with plates that end with the digits 5 and 6 cannot drive; Tuesday, 7 and 8; Wednesday, 3 and 4; Thursday, 1 and 2; and Friday, those that end in 9 and 0. The governor has also announced that students would not be returning to school for the remainder of the school year.
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.
Authorities in Quintana Roo have instituted a daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The use of face masks in public is mandatory. All businesses are closed except for those deemed essential. Those circulating for essential business must obtain a permit. Those lacking a permit will be stopped by police to verify their purpose of travel. Only one person per family may enter essential businesses. There may be a maximum of two people per personal vehicle. The Quintana Roo governor announced that vehicles with plates from outside states as well as those with provisional plates are not allowed to circulate within the state, unless they are carrying out an essential function and have received a permit from the state to circulate. Additionally, there is a general prohibition on private vehicle circulation on weekends. Alcoholic beverages may be sold only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May 1 to May 31. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- Cancun: Public transportation has been reduced to 50 percent of its normal capacity. On Facebook Live, the Cancun Mayor announced that members of the National Guard have been placed around hospitals to safeguard personnel. The Cancun Mayor announced that supermarkets and convenience stores would be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 5 to May 31. Local government has identified six zones in Cancun with the highest rates of transmission and is asking that individuals avoid these areas. These zones include:
- Av. Arco Norte with Av. Kabah and Av. Tules
- Av. 20 de Noviembre with Av. Kabah and Av. Niños Heroes
- Av. Lopez Portillo with Av. Tulum and Av. Andres Quintana Roo
- Av. La Luna and Calle 121
- Av. 149 and Av. Lopez Portillo
- Av. Puerto Juárez and Av. Lak-in
- Cozumel: Those not following the below measures will be subject to administrative sanctions by the local government. Taxis will only transport the following: one adult passenger wearing a face mask, one adult passenger and one minor both wearing face masks, or two adults with face masks if it is a medical emergency. Private vehicles and motorcycles can only transit with one person. The use of public transport is prohibited. From May 1 to May 4, essential businesses may only remain open until 4 p.m. Only clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals may continue to operate during their normal business hours. Nonessential businesses must continue to remain closed. Businesses that do not comply will be punished by fines, suspensions, and closures. Additionally, owners of noncomplying businesses may be imprisoned for up to 36 hours. Police have set roadblocks on the north and south end of the hotel zone to make sure people are not going to the beaches. Per the Subdirector of Transit, police are taking temperatures at security filters set up throughout the island. The curfew has been extended until further notice; it now lasts from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. Lights in the main parks will be turned off to encourage residents to stay inside.
- Isla Mujeres: Only one passenger is allowed per vehicle. The ferry schedule has been reduced. The passenger ferry has only six routes per day to Puerto Juarez, and passengers must pass through a sanitizing station on either side. The car ferry has just two routes per day, and they are set one hour apart, rendering it impossible for Isla residents to bring their cars to Cancun to do shopping as there is not enough time between the routes to return the same day. The ferry crossing is to be utilized primarily for cargo trucks to bring products to the island.
- Playa Del Carmen: Authorities have closed roads and set up police filters throughout town to limit the circulation of individuals. The following roads have been closed: Av. 30 con Calle 5 Sur; Av. 30 con Calle 3 Sur; Av. 30 con Calle 1ra Sur Bis; Av. Juarez con Av. 30; Av. 30 con Calle 4; Av. 30 con Calle 4 Bis; Av. 30 con Calle 6; Av. 30 con Calle 8; Av. 25 con Calle 8; Av. 30 con Calle 12; Av. 30 con Calle 14; Av. 20 con Calle 6; Av. 30 con Av. Constituyentes; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 25; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 15; Av. Constituyentes con Av. 1ra; Av. 28 de Julio con Blvd. Playa del Carmen. El Puente de la Carretera Federal is closed going both ways.
- Puerto Morelos: The following measures are in place until May 31, 2020, and those that do not abide will be subject to arrest, administrative sanctions, and closures. In order to limit circulation, the local government will permanently close roads throughout the municipality. Three taxis per taxi station will be allowed per site. Collective taxis, like taxi vans, will only be allowed to transport six people at a time between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Stores will only permit one person per family to enter. Residents should only go out to purchase food or medication. Additionally, children, pregnant women, and the elderly will be prohibited from entering these businesses. The sale of construction materials is restricted. No one is allowed in public spaces such as parks, gyms, or social clubs.
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 s
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
- 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.
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 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.
- 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.
Masks are now 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.
Limited vehicle circulation is permitted in the major cities depending on the last digit of the license plate, prohibiting circulation one day per week. This measure will apply to national and foreign vehicles. Beginning May 23, there can be no more than two people in a vehicle (the driver and one passenger) and all occupants must wear face masks inside vehicles in Matamoros. Vehicles with more than two people and travelers not wearing facemasks could be refused entry into Mexico.
People who are moving frequently for work should carry a letter attesting to their employment/essential nature of their movements. Authorities instituted a total immediate and temporary closure of commercial and business centers with non-essential activities. Only pharmacies, laboratories, clinics, food stores, gas, water and gasoline sales will be allowed to remain open. Supermarkets and convenience stores will have more compliance inspections and will limit the number of people who can enter. Health checks will be strengthened at state and U.S. borders and will be established between municipalities. The state government strongly encourages the use of masks in public and certain cities are requiring their use. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
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 to Mexico. 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. Northbound travelers returning to the United States may generally transit the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Reynosa en route to the border, though they may also be subject to health screening. Some international bridge hours have changed. Travelers should check directly with Customs and Border Protection (https://bwt.cbp.gov/) for the most updated information. National and international bus travel continues, but with greatly reduced schedules.
The governor of Yucatan announced that face masks are mandatory in public places and only two individuals at a time are allowed to circulate in private vehicles (the passenger must ride in the back seat). Local police have set up several filters throughout Merida to ensure compliance with these measures. Individuals not complying may be fined up to 43,000 pesos or arrested for up to 36 hours. The state of Yucatan has extended its prohibition on the sale of alcoholic beverages until May 15. The governor has extended the prohibition on sales of alcohol through the month of May.
- Merida: Authorities have closed off 10 of 27 entrances to the Periférico. In the north, the Periférico is accessible only from Calle 60 Norte and Avenidas Andrés García Lavín, and República de Corea. From the west, drivers are limited to Calle 11 de Lindavista, Avenida Jacinto Canek, Avenida Anikabil, Calle 41 de Juan Pablo II, and Avenida Internacional-Aviación. In the southern sector of Mérida, the only access to the Periférico will be at Calles 60, 50, and 42. In the East, access ways to the highway are at Avenidas 69, Quetzalcóatl, Fidel Velázquez, Calle 35 at Los Héroes, Avenida 35 to Chichí Suárez, and the Motul exit at Avenida Yucatán.
- Progresso: 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 70percent alcohol-based sanitizing gel in their vehicle. Taxis and Ubers can carry a maximum of two passengers; using the front passenger seat is prohibited. Passengers are required to wear face masks; otherwise, they should not be serviced or allowed to board the vehicle. The curfew announced on May 5 has been suspended after it was challenged by the Yucatan Human Rights Commission.
he 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.
- Mexican Ministry of Health Daily Updates (Spanish)
- Mexico Travel Health Notices (Spanish)
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory
- DHS Fact Sheet on Arrival Restrictions to the United States
- For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:
Paseo de la Reforma 305
06500, Ciudad de México
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. To modify your STEP enrollment or the alerts you receive, you must log in to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) webpage or application.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist