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Coronavirus Update: There are No Restrictions on Travel to Mexico


As the world closely monitors the widely talked about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a new strain of virus found in humans that can causes from mild to severe respiratory diseases, so far 77 countries have confirmed cases of COVID-19 including the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The first few cases of COVID-19 have also been confirmed in Mexico. 

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

UPDATE: April 01, 2020

  • Authorities of the state of Nuevo Leon are conducting mandatory health screening of travelers arriving from the United States. Travelers should expect significant delays and face the possibility of being forced to return to the United States or being kept in quarantine in Mexico.
  • Authorities in Sonora began temperature checks of southbound pedestrians and motorists at the San Luis Río Colorado, Nogales, and Agua Prieta ports of entry. Such screenings might be conducted at other ports of entry for Mexico-bound travelers.

UPDATE: March 30, 2020

Quarantine and Healthcare Information:

  • There are no mandatory quarantine policies currently in effect in Mexico for confirmed or suspected cases.  The Mexican government encourages people experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, fever, cough, headaches, throat pain, or constant sneezing, to stay at home for 14 days, consult with, and comply with the instructions of your local healthcare provider. 
  • The Mexican government recommends individuals not self-present to seek testing for COVID-19.  Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention and medical professionals will test, if needed based on travel history, contact with a known case, and the individual’s risk group.  Medical professionals will prescribe actions as necessary; including medication to manage symptoms as no specific therapeutics or vaccine exist for COVID-19. 
  • Travelers who return from a country with local transmission of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of respiratory illness should seek immediate medical attention and share their travel history. 
  • The same applies to individuals who were in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and present symptoms of respiratory illness. 

UPDATE: March 26, 2020

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. 
  • Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports.  Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening. 
  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit. 

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • There are no entry or exit restrictions in place because of COVID-19.
  • Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at some of its airports. Passengers with abnormal temperatures and travel to high-risk areas might be subject to additional health screening.
  • Beyond standard travel documentation, travelers to Mexico do not require any additional documentation to enter or exit.

Local Resources

  • Health advice for travelers seeking information is available at ports of entry.
  • 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.

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

Country-Specific Information: Mexico confirmed 12 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of March 12.  Additional suspected cases continue to be investigated.  Updates on the number of cases are published daily by the Mexican Ministry of Health(Spanish).

COVID-19 Information –

We understand that COVID-19 is a big concern for travelers right now and many people are wondering how this worldwide outbreak will affect their upcoming trips. If you are thinking about cancelling your travel plans to Mexico, we would like to reassure visitors that there are currently no restrictions in place to travel to Mexico and travelers do not require any additional documentation to enter/exit beyond standard travel documentation. 

For the cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed in Mexico, the Ministry of Health has acted in accordance with the protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adheres to strict international guidelines related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of diseases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides travel-related advice and recommendations for postponing or canceling non-essential travel based on health risks. The CDC has so far only issued travel notices for visitors to: China, Iran, Japan, Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong.  

Tafer Hotels & Resorts takes the health and well-being of all our guests very seriously and will advise you in case this situation changes, but currently there is no reason for travelers to cancel their travel plans to Mexico. 

As recommended by the CDC, if you travel, take the following standard precautions to prevent the spread of this disease: avoid contact with anyone who is showing signs of coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly or use antibacterial gel in the absence of handwashing facilities, and do not consume raw or undercooked meat or eggs.  

More detailed information and travel safety tips can be found online at:

If you suspect you might have the virus, you are advised to contact the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127, seek medical attention, and self-isolate. 

We hope that you stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you soon at your home away from home!