In light of the new restrictions that international travelers are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share some Los Cabos Travel Tips during COVID to help you navigate the current requirements.
As of this publication, the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed until at least February 21.
As of January 29, in a move to curb nonessential travel, major Canadian airlines have suspended flights to so-called “sun destinations” in Mexico until April 30.
Travelers entering the United States by air must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their planes. Airline agents at Los Cabos International Airport have been instructed to refuse boarding to anyone who can’t show proof of a negative test or proof of recovery from COVID-19.
The city of Los Cabos has been quick to respond to each new challenge throughout the pandemic thus far. The tourism industry itself set the bar for health and safety protocols in the city during the early stages. Hotels and restaurants took it upon themselves to research how they could safely reopen after the first quarantine. They organized their findings and presented them to city authorities, who implemented these recommendations into mandatory health and safety protocols.
In December and January when the new testing requirements were announced, the city jumped into action, swiftly organizing numerous testing locations throughout the destination.
In addition, all hotels and timeshares throughout Los Cabos will offer on-site testing.
In an interview, Rodrigo Esponda, the Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board said, “We want everyone to be easily tested, and it should be affordable, because that gives everyone more confidence.”
The state of Baja California Sur is currently labeled orange in Mexico’s stoplight system, the system that measures levels of contagion and indicates corresponding regulations state-by-state. In addition to essential activity functioning normally, hotels and restaurants in Baja California Sur are currently allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
COVID-19 Traveling Tips
Read on for our Los Cabos travel tips during COVID.
Get Tested Within 3 Days of Flying
Anyone flying to the United States will need to get tested within three days of flying, and show their negative result to the airline before boarding.
Hospitals, laboratories and healthcare clinics throughout the destination are providing both antigen and PCR testing, as well documentation required to travel, provided in electronic or printed format.
If you’ve already tested positive for the virus within the last three months, you will need to show documentation of recovery. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the combination of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider stating you are cleared for travel constitute documentation of recovery.
Resorts Offer Free Antigen Testing
Guests staying at Garza Blanca Los Cabos will have access to on-site COVID-19 testing at the resort, administered by a third-party health care professional.
Both the PCR test and the antigen test are available, and both are done by swabbing. Blood tests are not given at the resort.
The antigen test is a rapid test that is accepted by the United States. This test is offered for free on site at Garza Blanca Los Cabos, and you are guaranteed to receive your results before you check-out.
The PCR test is also available at a discounted rate of $150 USD.
Guests will be provided with electronic and/or printed documentation affirming the negative result.
In the case that any guest tests positive while visiting the resort, they will be given up to 14 nights complimentary Room Only accommodation through March 31, 2021 to pass their quarantine period.
Don’t Try to Drive to Mexico until the Border Opens
You might be tempted to drive across the border for your fix of Mexican sunshine, but unfortunately the land border is still closed for nonessential travel until at least February 21.
If you want to plan a future road trip down the coast, you can hit several surfing destinations along the 1,000 miles of Federal Highway 1 down the Baja California peninsula. Driving time from San Diego to Los Cabos is approximately 22 hours, so plan a couple of days for a leisurely road trip when the federal governments reopen borders and land travel resumes.
Take Advantage of COVID Safe Activities in Los Cabos
Many excursions have adapted to be COVID safe. Tours may be running at limited capacity or activities may have shifted to outdoor settings. Many tours are accommodating only people traveling together in the same group, so you and your group can have the tour all to yourselves.
Enjoy Outdoor Activities at your Resort
Resort activities have also adapted to be COVID-safe. For example, exercise and wellness activities such as yoga or fitness classes are being held outdoors. Garza Blanca Los Cabos offers a complimentary electric beach bicycle tour. Resort spas are offering outdoor massages in the natural surroundings of the resort.
Check Out San Jose del Cabo
This smaller, more traditional, more artsy town just down the highway from Cabo San Lucas has a totally different vibe. The best time to head there is on Thursday evening for the Art Walk, which is held weekly from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the months from November through June. The area is full of galleries, quaint shops, and many fine restaurants offering a selection of beverages, great cuisine, and live music.
Be Flexible and Roll with the Changes
Even though navigating the constantly changing regulations can be a challenge, traveling to Mexico is still popular for Americans and Canadians. In the fall, several U.S. airlines added flights to Mexico at a time when routes elsewhere were being cut. Official travel data shows that approximately 500,000 Americans flew to Mexico in November 2020.
In a typical year, Los Cabos receives about 3 million tourists, 90 percent of whom are from the United States. Up to 70 percent of tourists visiting Los Cabos are repeat guests, and 20 percent visit four times per year, or more!
Tourism is the largest industry in Los Cabos, and it makes up 80 percent of the local economy, so the city is doing everything in its power to ensure that travelers can visit the destination safely.
We hope these Los Cabos Travel Tips During COVID were helpful. If you have any questions you can always call the front desk of Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos at 1 877 208 0689.