Americans should reconsider their spring break plans and nonessential travel in Mexico because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy there says.
Through a health and safety advisory the embassy issued Thursday, the U.S. government warned coronavirus cases and hospitalization numbers have remained high in most of Mexico.
As of March 7, the virus had killed 211,022 people in the country, with 2,734 new cases reported that day.
Mexico has recorded 2,128,600 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. However, access to COVID-19 testing is limited throughout Mexico, making experts believe the real number of cases could be three times higher than the official count.
From DFW International Airport there are at least two dozen fixed and seasonal flights to Mexican destinations every day, and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines connects to four tourist destinations in Mexico.
Mexican authorities have a color-coded —red, orange, yellow, green— system to identify the level of cases and opening of the country’s economy. Currently, popular seaside destinations, such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta, are marked yellow, meaning that hotels can operate at 60% capacity.
The U.S. embassy in Mexico also warned that consulate services for U.S. citizens are limited in many locations because of the pandemic.’
Return travel to the U.S. also has some limitations.
The border is partially closed until at least March 21. If returning through land ports of entry, only U.S. citizens and legal residents are allowed to cross the border.
People returning to the U.S. by plane must show a negative COVID-19 test performed no more than three days before their scheduled flights.
If travelers have had COVID-19 recently — as far back as three months — they can submit medical documentation showing they have been released. Additionally, travelers must submit an affidavit stating they are not coronavirus carriers.
All this documentation must be submitted to airline staff at check-in.
People with tourist visas can still travel to the United States from Mexico by plane.