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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.
8Mexico has lifted stay at home orders in some areas and resumed some transportation and business operations.
Last updated: [01/15/21]
(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 January 14, Mexico has confirmed 1,588,369 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.
- Five states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between January 4 and January 17 (Baja California, Mexico City, Mexico State, Guanajuato, and Morelos). Under red, only essential activities are allowed. See more information on state-level restrictions and the stoplight system below in the “Nationwide Restrictions and Resources” section.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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 Pfizer and AstraZeneca 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.
- Mexican citizens as well as permanent and temporary residents are eligible to receive the vaccine.
- 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 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.
- For the time being, the vaccine will remain federal government property and is not available in the private market.
- 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.
- The United States government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? [Yes]
- The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least February 21. Please see the Embassy’s fact sheet for more information.
- Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. Travelers should carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? [No]
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Five states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between January 4 and January 17 (Baja California, Mexico City, Mexico State, Guanajuato, and Morelos). 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.
- Twenty-two states are designated “orange” under the federal system between January 4 and January 17 (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Yucatán, and Zacatecas). Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barber shops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity. Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.
- Three states are designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between January 4 and January 17 (Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz ). Under yellow, all work activities are permitted. Public space may open on a regular basis, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced capacity. All activities should be carried out with basic prevention measures. People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.
- Two states are designated “green” under the federal stoplight system between January 4 and January 17 (Campeche and Chiapas). 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. Consulates General in Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, and Nuevo Laredo, and Consular Agencies Cancun, Piedras Negras, Playa Del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta are providing 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, U.S. Embassy Mexico City, U.S. Consulates General Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, and Tijuana, and Consular Agencies Acapulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlán, Oaxaca, and San Miguel de Allende are only able to provide emergency services. Non-emergency American Citizen services in Mexico City are suspended from January 6 to 22. 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 or call +52 55-8526-2561 to request an emergency appointment.
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.
- The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and U.S. Consulates in Nogales and Tijuana are providing emergency visa services only. U.S. Consulates in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, Hermosillo, Merida, and Ciudad Juarez have resumed limited processing of routine student and work visa appointments, including TN visas, as local conditions allow. 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.
- 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 resident 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For any other questions, please email: email@example.com.
- Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.
- Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here: https://coronavirus.gob.mx/contacto/
- U.S. citizens in Mexico with questions about Mexican immigration policies should contact local immigration authorities for information.
- Refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources. It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.
- Information about state and municipal level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and links to the official state COVID-19 websites are below. Please note that the situation is rapidly changing and that the information provided here about local and state restrictions is subject to change without notice and may not be comprehensive.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the federal stoplight system. The use of masks is mandatory and may be enforced by local officials with fines and/or arrest and detention.
Schools are closed and public gatherings prohibited, including church services. It is recommended to wear masks in public and limit travel and commercial activity to essential functions only. Public beaches are closed. Baja California is red in the national stoplight system. Restaurants may open with 30 percent of normal seating capacity, following strict sanitary guidelines. Hotels may operate at a maximum of 25 percent occupancy.
- Mexicali: Authorities are conducting health inspections at the border ports of entry. Travelers must present proof of residence or essential activity. Travel by car is restricted to 2 persons per car and face coverings are mandatory. These new regulations are being enforced rigorously on weekends (Friday-Sunday) and randomly at other times of the week. Traffic jams have extended miles to the north of Calexico at times, with waits to cross the border into Mexico taking up to 7 hours. Beer found in a traveler’s vehicle that is in excess of the standard “allowance” (about 2 six packs) will be confiscated by the authorities. Penalties for violations may be imposed up to $17,376 MXN or up to 36 hours arrest in event of resistance.
- San Felipe: Travelers may encounter inspection filters entering San Felipe, where authorities request proof of their address or nationality. Travelers may be required to quarantine themselves at their homes.
- Rosarito: Beaches have reopened from 6-10 a.m. only for outdoor activities like walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing. Physical distance of at least 2 meters must be maintained and masks are required in public.
- Ensenada: Obligatory use of face mask in public spaces, businesses and government buildings, and additional health screenings. Alcoholic beverages may only be sold until 8:59 p.m. Public and recreational spaces, including beaches, are still closed. The curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. is still in effect.
- Bahia de los Angeles: Curfew in place from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Baja California Sur
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the federal stoplight system. Obligatory use of masks remains for public places, businesses, and government buildings. Additional health screenings are being implemented, especially in businesses and airports. By State decree, hotels, restaurants, and beaches are only allowed to operate at a maximum 30 percent capacity. The decree noted that individuals who fail to comply may be subject to fines or community service and that repeat offenders will be criminally charged. Public gatherings are prohibited. The decree defines essential activities for citizens as the following: to purchase/obtain food and essential items; to visit hospitals and establishments to receive health services; to work in essential activities; to return home; to care for elderly, disabled, or children; to move to and from financial or insurance establishments; and to deliver donations of food and “first necessity items” to public and private NGOs for distribution to underprivileged families. Vehicles on public roads may only have the driver aboard. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
- La Paz: Traffic is limited by a 10 p.m. curfew and is limited to essential nature only before curfew, with single occupancy only in cars unless required. Traffic restrictions will be imposed to reduce traffic by 50 percent. Nine health checkpoints have been established in the city and seven in outlying districts to strengthen the health cordon. Fines will be assessed for vehicular use, parties, or violations of curfew. Alcohol sales are permitted until 6 p.m. daily and violators will be prosecuted. Anyone in public must wear a mask, irrespective of activity. The city plans to publish a list of non-essential businesses. Beaches are closed.
- Los Cabos: Physical distance of at least two meters is obligatory in public places. Beaches are open for swimming, jogging, and walking from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The San Jose International Airport Terminal 2 has reopened and the airport is fully operational.
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- Loreto: Physical distance of at least two meters is obligatory in public places. Beaches are open.
- Los Cabos: Physical distance of at least two meters is obligatory in public places. Beaches are open for swimming, jogging, and walking from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The San Jose International Airport Terminal 2 has reopened and the airport is fully operational.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the state stoplight system. Coahuila recommends that individuals remain at home, except for essential movements. Large gatherings remain prohibited. Public parks and plazas and the city center of Saltillo have been reopened, but government officials recommend social distancing in public spaces. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Wearing masks in public is required, including while in a vehicle and while on public transport. Officials may issue fines for failure to use face coverings in public spaces.
- Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras: Mexican authorities are performing temperature checks and health inspections at the international ports of entry. Southbound U.S. citizen travelers who display symptoms of COVID-19 or who decline to have their temperature checked may be denied entry. In addition, in accordance with the U.S.-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, authorities may deny entry to Mexico by U.S. citizens if they do not demonstrate residence in Mexico and cannot prove they have an essential reason for travel. Travelers should check directly with Customs and Border Protection (https://bwt.cbp.gov/) for the most updated information for border crossings, including operational hours of the international bridges. National and international bus travel continues with reduced schedules. State and municipal offices have reduced operating hours and have implemented sanitary measures.
On December 1, 2020, local authorities returned the state of Chihuahua from the “red” to the “orange” alert stage of Mexico’s stoplight system, with some additional restrictions to remain in effect. Authorities continue to recommend that individuals remain at home and limit travel to essential activities. Industrial operations deemed essential are allowed to 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. Hotels are allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity, with common areas closed. Restaurants may allow dining up to 30 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent capacity outdoors. Businesses inside commercial centers are allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. Establishments directed to remain closed at this time include bars, nightclubs, museums, theaters, cultural and sports centers, places of worship, cinemas, and all large event venues. In-person classes at schools and visits to prisons and nursing homes remain suspended.
State and municipal authorities continue to require residents to practice social distancing and wear face coverings in public places. Authorities in Ciudad Juarez strongly encourage residents to be off the streets from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. A ban remains in effect on alcohol sales Thursday through Sunday. Those holding house parties or gatherings are subject to arrest by local police. Limits apply to occupancy and hours of public transportation, and personal vehicles may carry no more than two adults. U.S. citizens traveling through Chihuahua should reconfirm accommodation availability and operating status with hotels ahead of time.
CBP has either closed or reduced hours at many smaller border crossings due to a significant reduction in traffic. CBP may also question travelers returning to the United States on their purpose of travel in Mexico. See CBP official websites and monitor the CBP border wait times site for current information.
Monday through Friday, public transport will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, public transport will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but with limited routes operating at reduced frequency. Private transportation and rideshare companies will be permitted to accept passengers Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the exception of trips to or from a pharmacy or health center. Official taxi services are permitted to operate during these hours.
Outside of these designated time periods, the restrictions in place under the red (highest alert) stage of Mexico’s stoplight system will remain in effect. State and municipal authorities will require residents to practice social distancing, wear face coverings in public places (including on public transportation), and limit occupancy in stores. Authorities in Ciudad Juarez will restrict vehicle traffic and strongly encourage residents to be off the streets from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. There will be a ban on alcohol sales Thursdays through Sundays and on weekdays, after 6:00 p.m. Those holding house parties or gatherings are subject to arrest by local police. Limits apply to occupancy and hours of public transportation, and personal vehicles may carry no more than two adults. Hotels in Ciudad Juarez and other cities in red status will operate at 15 percent occupancy
U.S. citizens traveling through Chihuahua should reconfirm accommodation availability and operating status with hotels ahead of time. Restaurants may offer take-out options only. Some businesses are conducting temperature checks. CBP has either closed or reduced hours at many smaller border crossings due to a significant reduction in traffic. CBP may also question travelers returning to the United States on their purpose of travel in Mexico.
Ciudad de Mexico
The government assesses Mexico City is red on the stoplight system and began reopening on June 29. Effective June 15, Mexico City reduced the Hoy no circula program that prevents unnecessary vehicular movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicles with a 0 and 00 hologram, and electric and hybrid vehicles are now exempt from the program. The program does not apply to public transportation, emergency services, and funeral services, as well as vehicles with disability plates. If your car has a hologram, you should consult the Hoy no circula program web page to confirm which day you may not drive your car during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions apply from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Public transportation is operating at a reduced capacity. As of June 1, the use of face coverings/masks in public areas and respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, no spitting in the street) is obligatory. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain COVID-positive individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. The government also suggests that people maintain 1.5 meters distance from others, refrain from physical contact during greetings, avoid wearing jewelry or ties, and be clean shaven. Authorities added functionality to Mexico City’s official app – available for iOS and Android users – that provides an interactive map showing the closest COVID-19 hospital and if beds are available. Additionally, the app allows users to complete a questionnaire to find out if they may have COVID-19.
Since December 14, Mexico City’s historic district (centro histórico) has implemented the following rules:
- Non-essential stores and businesses will close at 5:00 p.m.5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday
- Street vendors in public areas will stop operating at 4:00 p.m.
- Sanitary measures will be enforced, such as face masks and frequent hand-washing
- Entry and exit streets are designated to avoid large concentration of pedestrians in addition to hours restrictions. The entry streets are 5 de mayo, 16 de septiembre, Donceles, Justo Sierra, Belisario Domínguez, Isabel la Católica, Calle del Carmen, Calle Loreto, República de Venezuela, and República de Chile. To exit the historic district, pedestrians will use Allende, Francisco I. Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Tacuba, Belisario Domínguez, Simón Bolívar, 5 de febrero, Pino Suárez, Corregidora, República de Guatemala, Mesones, Leona Vicario, Moneda, Soledad, San Antonio Abad from Fray Servando, República de Argentina, and Correo Mayor. The only two-way pedestrian streets are 20 de noviembre and Belisario Domínguez.
From December 19, 2020, until January 10, 2021, all non-essential activities are prohibited. Those are the changes implemented :
- Gyms, movies theaters, malls, worship temples, churches, bars, night clubs, museums, libraries will close.
- Restaurants will operate only for take out and delivery
- Parks and public squares will permit only 30% of capacity
- Only one person per household will visit markets and open-air markets.
- Salons will offer at home services.
The State of Durango has instituted a stay-at-home order. Among other measures, large gatherings have been prohibited, those in the state should remain in their houses unless there is a “justified reason,” and no more than three passengers in a car is permitted. Public parks and plazas and the city center of Durango City have been closed. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Officials may issue fines, order community service, and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. The government has determined that the state is orange in the federal stoplight system.
State officials have announced that routine medical care will be rescheduled and only emergency services will be provided. Authorities have banned sporting activities and parties and have closed gymnasiums. They have also imposed access controls to shopping centers and public markets. The federal government has determined that the state is in the red on the state stoplight system. Hotels, restaurants, and retail stores are only allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity.
- San Miguel de Allende: As of May 1, the use of masks is obligatory. Authorities can fine or detain violators for up to 36 hours. As of June 1, health and law enforcement authorities will establish health checkpoints at the bus station and the highways leading into town. Authorities will check all passengers’ and drivers’ temperatures and will provide them hand sanitizer. Officials will record each visitor’s purpose of travel, name, place of origin, age, and phone number.
On April 30, Acapulco instituted the “Hoy No Circula” program. License plates that end in 0 and 1 may not drive on Monday; 2 and 3, on Tuesday; 4 and 5, on Wednesday; 6 and 7, on Thursday; 8 and 9, on Friday. There are no restrictions for Saturday and Sunday traffic. These restrictions do not apply to official vehicles that perform service tasks for the population, such as emergency vehicles and companies that carry out essential activities (i.e., transportation, food and grocery services, fuel distribution services, funeral homes). Beaches remain closed.
- Acapulco: The state government has determined that Acapulco will return to red in the state stoplight system. The Zocalo has also been closed to prevent the spread of infection.
The government is now implementing the “Hoy No Circula” program. Private vehicles with license plates that end in 2, 4, 6, 8, and 0 are not permitted to drive on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. While private vehicles with plates that end in 1, 3, 5, and 7 will not drive on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, as well as the second and fourth Sundays of the month. These restrictions do not apply to vehicles operated by emergency and essential personnel, as well as private vehicles driven by people with disabilities or used for medical emergencies. Private vehicles can only hold a maximum of two people. Officials may issue fines to individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the national stoplight system. Authorities in Jalisco are implementing Phase 0 Reopening regulations. While they are working towards reopening non-essential businesses, they are still strictly enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas. Police will fine or administratively detain anyone flouting these regulations. Formerly non-essential businesses will need to be certified for reopening, and those already certified by state inspectors may resume operations as planned. The state of Jalisco has set checkpoints along major highways on the state line to confirm that travelers have a legitimate need to travel and determine whether travelers from other states should be admitted.
The government assesses México State is red on the 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, vehicles with a 0 and 00 hologram, and electric and hybrid vehicles are exempt from the Hoy no circula program. Daily restrictions still apply to all other holograms from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The governor stated that all non-essential activities must come to a halt and fines and penalties will be applied to those who fail to comply. Businesses dedicated to selling food, medicine, or basic necessities will remain open. Stay-at-home orders are in place and it is recommended that people only go out for food, medicine, and basic necessities, while wearing a mask. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
From December 19, 2020 until January 10, 2021, all non-essential activities are prohibited. These are the changes implemented:
- Gyms, movies theaters, malls, worship temples, churches, bars, night clubs, museums, libraries will close.
- Restaurants will operate only for take out and delivery
- Parks and public squares will permit only 30% of capacity.
- Only one person per household will visit markets and open-air markets.
- Salons will offer at home services.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the state stoplight system. The authorities require anyone in public to wear a face mask and have established health screening checkpoints throughout the state. Social distancing guidelines apply within cars, and all infractions are punishable with a fine. Michoacán police units are deployed throughout all 113 municipalities, where they ensure the population abides by established health measures. Officials may is
- 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 the orange on the federal stoplight system. A checkpoint in Acaponeta on federal highway 15D was set up in order to conduct health checks on people entering Nayarit from Sinaloa and exiting Nayarit towards Sinaloa. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
The dramatic increase in cases in Nuevo León has prompted restrictive measures. The government will administer fines up to $35,000 MXN or 3 years of jail for people diagnosed with COVID-19 who fail to maintain quarantine at home or in hospitals. The curfew during the week from Monday through Friday is 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, 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 is reinstating temporary measures to mitigate further spread, beginning December 4, 2020 at 10:00pm through December 21, 2020. Measures include the weekend closures of supermarkets, malls, restaurants, salons, gyms, and public parks, among other industries being considered non-essential. Pharmacies, hospitals, convenience stores, gas stations, and banks will remain open. 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 Puebla government announced the expansion of the “COVID-19 Hospitals” plan. Each hospital will be equipped to serve only people infected with coronavirus and will be located in the municipalities of Xicotepec, Tecamachalco, Huejotzingo, Acatlán de Osorio, Zacapoaxtla, and in the city of Puebla. Phase 2 measures will be maintained in Phase 3, including the closure of commercial establishments with non-essential activities; the obligatory use of face masks for people who must leave their homes; the prohibition on the sale of open alcoholic beverages; and the withdrawal of street vendors and open-air markets to avoid crowds. All those who work for essential businesses must wear face masks, gloves if they touch money, wash their hands frequently, and keep a healthy distance from others. Officials may issue fines to individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders. As of April 21, the historic city center is closed from 3 Oriente-Poniente Street to 18 Oriente-Poniente, and from 2 Norte-Sur Street to 11 Norte-Sur Avenue. The governor has also announced that students would not be returning to school for the remainder of the school year.
The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the national stoplight system. Various measures are being enforced by the local government and health authorities. State and municipal law enforcement authorities will use their powers to verify compliance with health measures. Those who are knowingly infected will be fined if they do not comply with social distancing and home isolation measures. The use of face masks in public is now mandatory. Vehicle movement will be limited to essential activities and only two people are allowed per vehicle, except for minors who need to be cared for by a family member. Those who are commuting for non-essential reasons will be warned by law enforcement authorities and recorded in a database. Re-offenders are subject to the maximum penalties. Taxis can only transport a maximum of two passengers in the back seat. Health and law enforcement authorities can carry out operations against crowds who are not following social distancing measures. Public or private event organizers that violate health regulations will also be subject to administrative penalties. Checkpoints will be established at every state entry point. Emergency vehicles will be prioritized on roads. Officials may issue fines and/or arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
Quintana Roo remains in the orange phase of the national stoplight system. The use of face masks in public is mandatory. Officials may issue fines or 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. Beginning October 1, restaurants are permitted to sell alcohol daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Public schools started virtually in August and will resume in-person classes when the state is designated green in the national stoplight system.
- Maximum capacity under the yellow stoplight state system:
- Administrative services to 75 percent.
- Open air gyms and athletic clubs to 70 percent.
- Indoor gyms to 50 percent.
- Hotels, tourism, recreation, beaches and public parks, religious services, hair salons, malls, and cinemas to 60 percent.
- Schools, bars, clubs, and nightlife activities remain closed.
- Alcohol sales are permitted in convenience stores and supermarket 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.
- Cozumel: Effective September 7, Cozumel has in effect a nightly curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 05:00 a.m
San Luis Potosi
The government has suspended non-essential activities and gatherings of more than 50 people. Stay-at-home orders for people over 60 years, pregnant, or who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung, kidney or liver disease have been implemented. Parks and plazas have been closed. Residents are encouraged to wear masks. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. Officials recommend travelers from outside the country self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to the state. Press reports that individuals may be fined if found to be in violation of stay at home orders that apply to people over 60 years old and vulnerable people. Official government statements do not address the issuance of fines under those circumstances. The government has determined that the state is orange on the stoplight system.
Sinaloa is recommending all residents follow federal guidelines to promote social distancing. Cities are applying varying restrictions, with some 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.
- Mazatlan: 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.
The following measures took effect November 2 and will remain in force as long as the state remains in orange under the federal “traffic light” system:
Measures to restrict mobility and social gatherings:
The following establishments are closed Monday through Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.: Restaurants, restaurant-bars, food trucks, casinos, party venues, movie theaters, gyms, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, and liquor stores. In addition, the following activities are prohibited: private parties, quinceañeras, weddings, christenings, and baby showers.
The following establishments are closed Friday through Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.: Restaurants, restaurant-bars, food trucks, casinos, party venues, movie theaters, gyms, shopping malls, and liquor stores. In addition, the following activities are prohibited: private parties, quinceañeras, weddings, christenings, and baby showers.
From Friday through Sunday, all markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, and grocery stores must close by 9:00 p.m.
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, 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, christenings, among others), must abide by the same restrictions listed above. Gatherings in open spaces will have a maximum capacity of 50 persons and may last no longer than two hours. In closed venues, the maximum capacity will be 20 persons 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 persons per cinema, ensuring safe distance and use of facemasks.
Children under 10 will not be granted access to closed environments.
People over 65 will not be granted access to closed environments where concentrations of over 10 persons could take place.
The use of facemasks is mandatory in restaurants, restaurant-bars.
The State Health Council also ratified the previously agreed to measures: Mandatory use of facemasks in public transportation and in work centers.
- Hermosillo, Nogales, and San Luis Río Colorado: The Sonoran State Health Council approved the following measures as of January 11 for Hermosillo, Nogales and San Luis Río Colorado. These measures will continue for at least the next two weeks. Checkpoints throughout the city will ask citizens to return home during the curfew hours listed below.
- I. Measures to restrict mobility and social gatherings:
- Activities forbidden Monday through Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.: Restaurants, restaurant-bars, food trucks, gyms, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, and any other business.
- Road traffic is forbidden after 8:00 p.m. with the following exceptions: emergencies, purchasing medicines, food delivery workers (until 10:00 p.m.) and authorities.
- All markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and grocery stores must operate with up to 15% full capacity and be closed by 8:00 p.m.
- Restaurants with delivery available may continue offering their service until 10 p.m.
- II. Sanitary measures for social and sports events:
- Gatherings in open spaces will have a maximum capacity of 75 persons. In closed venues, the maximum capacity will be 20 persons. In both cases, facemasks are mandatory.
- Massive events like concerts, festivals, stadiums and sport events are forbidden.
- All religious services are suspended.
- III. Sanitary measures:
- Only one person per family will be granted access to markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery shops, banks and pharmacies. The use of facemasks is mandatory.
- Shopping malls may operate at up to 15 percent normal capacity and must encourage programmed and online shopping. Facemasks and social distance are mandatory.
- Gyms can still operate with up to 15 percent normal capacity in closed environments and up to 25 percent in outdoors.
- Movie theaters, casinos, nightclubs, museums and theaters will remain closed, as well as spas, beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo studios and bowling.
- Public transportation will operate with up to 25 percent full capacity. Passengers must remain in silence and keep the windows open.
- Hotels may have up to 25 percent normal capacity and restrict their customers in shared or common areas.
- The State Health Council also ratified the previously agreed to measures:
- Mandatory use of facemasks in public transportation.
- Mandatory use of facemasks in work centers.
- Puerto Peñasco: There are currently no entry restrictions in effect for Puerto Peñasco. There is a curfew in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. Sanitary measures include the mandatory use of face masks in public.
- Agua Prieta: Agua Prieta is officially designated maximum risk for COVID infection and will suspend social events, according to the Secretary of Health. The following new restrictions are in place:
- Stores are recommended to allow only 45 minutes per shopper and a maximum capacity of 15 percent.
- Restaurants are limited to outdoor seating, maximum capacity of 25 percent, and takeout and will close at 10:00 p.m.
- Gyms, casinos, social events (weddings, birthdays, meetings, etc.), bars, bowling alleys, clubs, stadiums, sporting events are suspended.
- Essential businesses such as pharmacies and gas stations will remain open. All other businesses will close at 8:00 p.m. and essential businesses will close at 10:00 p.m.
The government has determined that the state is orange in the state stoplight system. Masks are mandatory. Only two people are allowed in private vehicles and must maintain a healthy distance. Masks are also mandatory in public transport, which operate until 7:00 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 yellow 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. The government of Yucatan state will continue to reopen in waves to be determined by a tailored stoplight system for the state of Yucatan. Every Thursday the stoplight will indicate what stage health authorities believe the state is in.
Details on the reopening of businesses under this plan can be found at: https://staticreactivacion.yucatan.gob.mx/reactivacion/pdf/calendario_actividades.pdf
Starting November 2:
– Restaurants operate for in-person dining and home delivery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Alcohol sales are also permitted in restaurants. Shops outside the historic downtown, as well as cinemas (with reduced numbers of attendees) and shopping centers in the north of Mérida, are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shops inside the historic downtown are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
– Public parks and beaches are open daily until 10:00 p.m., but playgrounds will remain closed. Social events such as parties and weddings, will be allowed throughout the week with a maximum capacity of 50 people if indoors and 100 people if outdoors. Bowling and billiards facilities are open with a maximum capacity of 30 percent. The three people per car restriction has been lifted.
– Hotels will allow 50 percent capacity and curfew will be from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
As of December 14, Yucatán’s state government has again canceled all large events including weddings, baptisms, and other social events.
- Progreso: The following measures are mandatory and whoever fails to comply will be sanctioned with a fine and vehicle forfeiture. All public transportation operators must use latex gloves and face masks and carry 70 percent alcohol-based sanitizing gel in their vehicle. Taxis and Ubers can carry a maximum of two passengers; using the front passenger seat is prohibited. Passengers are required to wear face masks; otherwise, they should not be serviced or allowed to board the vehicle. The curfew announced on May 5 was suspended after it was challenged by the Yucatan Human Rights Commission.
The state has implemented a non-mandatory stay-at-home order. All nonessential businesses have been closed. The city centers of the cities of Jerez, Guadalupe, Zacatecas, and Fresnillo have been closed. State and local governments have implemented sanitary checkpoints throughout the state. According to the state government, the “Hoy No Circula” program will begin on May 10. Vehicles with plates that end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to drive on Sunday, May 10. From 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., vehicles with plates that end with the last digit of 1, 2, and 3 cannot drive on Mondays and Thursdays; those that end with 4, 5, and 6, on Tuesdays and Fridays; 7, 8, 9, and 0 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The program will also apply to foreign vehicles and those from other states. The government has determined that the state is in the orange on the stoplight system.
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