Cabo Travel Restrictions
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Re-Entry to USA
On January 12th, 2021 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) issued new requirements for US citizens whom are traveling back to the United States from Baja California S.U.R. Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection known as PCR, NATT or Antigen) within the 3 days (72 hours) before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This goes into effect 01/26/2021. Airlines at the SJD Airport must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
We recommend to first contact your resort or hotel to see if they are providing or, have a partnership for COVID-19 testing. Many are making tests available and have quarantine accommodations. For others, testing is available at local hospitals, clinics and other COVID PCR testing services in the region.
What if you test positive?
People should self-isolate and delay travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not provide a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.
Do I take PCR/NAAT or Antigen test? How accurate are antigen tests for COVID-19?
COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Re-Entry in Canada
Starting January 7, 2021, air travelers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Testing is available at local hospitals and other Covid testing concierge in the region.
COVID-19 Requirements For Entry To Los Cabos, Mexico
NOTE: For clarification, as of January 13th, 2021, a COVID-19 test is NOT required for entry to Los Cabos. You will be given a health questionnaire to complete on arrival and departure. Do you need a COVID test to reenter your home country? We do not know this, it is best to question your airline and home country health administration for their requirements for reentry.
NOTE: A face covering is likely required while flying on an airline, except for young children or anyone with a condition that prevents them from wearing one. You also may be required by local law to wear a face mask in the airport where your trip begins, where it ends or where you connect. [ red more about COVID travel restrictions in Cabo here ]
NOTICE: There is NOT a requirement for a COVID-19 test to enter Mexico via airline. There is not a quarantine period in which you have to endure when you arrive in Los Cabos. Upon departure from Los Cabos to your host country YOU will need to determine requirements for re-entry.
As per the local state health department recommendations SJD Airport will be providing and asking a questionnaire for all arriving guests about recent travel and exposure for safety. A copy of the form we are displaying is available for your view and are subject to on arrival at Los Cabos Airport.
#1 – General information, name, phone and email
#2 – Countries visited in the previous 14 days
#3 – Confirmation of contact with others with confirmed COVID-19
#4 – Dates of contact
#5 – Health screening, temperature, respiratory, headaches and health problems
#6 – Administrator confirmation
October 4th, 2020
The State Health Department has lowered the the Risk Level from “very high risk” to “medium risk” today. Cases are down 45%, from 350 per 1,000 to 95. All non-essential activities are now allowed to open with maximum capacity for beaches, restaurants, gyms and stores to increase to 50% (from 40% previously).
September 14th 2020 US Travel Restrictions Update
The U.S. State Department lowered travel warnings for Mexico last week from Level 4 “Do Not Travel” to Level 3 “Reconsider Travel.” With warning stating that most of the country is safe among Cabo San Lucas and surrounding region of Los Cabos. Border crossing by land and water borders is still for cargo and essential travel for Canada and the USA. Flying to and from Mexico is allowed without restrictions.
September COVID-19 Cases Drop
Of the 8,426 people with confirmed infections, 7.173 have recovered and a death rate of 5.2% that is less than half the national rate. 80% from co-morbidities. To date (9/13/2020) Los Cabos Tourism Department has reported that no tourists have reported been infected as the July 2020 reopening.
SJD Airport receives Airport Health Accreditation Award
Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Latin America and Caribbean have announced today that Los Cabos International Airport is the second in the world and the first in Latin American and Caribbean to be accredited in the ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program. [ news release ]
SJD Airport Welcomes Passengers from Canada in October
WestJet has confirmed weekly flights from Calgary to Los Cabos starting Oct. 10, 2020, and the Mexico destination says it’s “very excited” to have its Canadian friends coming back to Los Cabos for the winter season.
Los Cabos has consolidated its health and safety efforts with protocols that include strict and consistent health and safety protocols that have been implemented across the destination from the airport to hotels, restaurants, transportation companies, and other service providers, “making Los Cabos one of the safest destinations in the world.”
YES – Cabo is Open!
As of July 10th, 2020, Cabo Airport is open and operational. Many Los Cabos area resorts are reopening or have opened with safety measures in place, verified by and monitored by the health department.
July 23, 2020: the State Committee on Health Safety authorized all nautical activities to be reopened for smaller boats starting this Thursday, July 23. The information was notified by the Captain of Cabo San Lucas, José del Carmen Basurto Beltrán, through an official statement. This statement explains that the State Committee on Health Safety, determined in the last session on July 21, that, from the 23 of the same month, all nautical activities were included, at level 5, (critical), color orange, with a capacity of 30%.
Said reactivation of activities must be carried out in strict compliance with the sanitary protocol for the economic reactivation of nautical activities, for smaller vessels, issued by the State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COEPRIS).
July 10th 2020: During the update from Governor he stated that almost 1,000 hotels and restaurants have fully complied with the sanitary requirements of the Government of BCS. A complete listing of all restaurants and lodging in BCS currently in health regulation compliance can be found here.
Update: Effective July 15th, 2020, Terminal 2 will be fully operational for arrivals and departures and Terminal 1 will close. Until then Terminal 2 will serve international arrivals and Terminal 1 will serve for all departures.
NOTE: Canadian and UK airlines have stated they will not resume operations to Los Cabos until the end of 2020, or further notice.
Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area has been certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a safe destination.
On Thursday June 11th, 2020, Baja California SUR Governor Carlos Mendoza made the following announcement:
“The COVID State Alert Level System will be the guide to how to act during the phase we are in. Starting June 15th, we will move from level 6 to 5. Together we have made a great effort and that collective responsibility allows us today, taking care of health, to begin phase two of our economic plan: the gradual reopening. Let consciousness and responsibility be our best guides; let’s continue to apply hygiene and care measures.”
At the meeting of the State Health Safety Committee, they authorized to move from level 6 to 5 in the Health Alert System, so they can restart non-essential, recreational and sociocultural economic activities allowed. This new provision will take effect from June 15th. Learn more at: https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx
Will my flight arrive to Cabo San Lucas?
If you are wondering IF your flight will arrive or depart from SJD Airport in the near future, please contact your airline. We have current and future Cabo Airport Arrivals and Departures on our website. SJD Airport serves as a port that accepts and manages airline flights however, SJD does not dictate their individual schedules.
As a port SJD Airport provides space for domestic and international passengers to be processed by Mexican Customs and Immigration and does not control their operations.
The implementation of enhanced procedures at the SJD International Airport, such as thermal cameras and travel background checks on all arriving passengers, that will be done in coordination with other state airports, ports and land entry points.
Real-time updates of COVID-19 cases in Baja California SUR can be found here: https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/
Many properties are deep cleaning and disinfecting areas on an hourly basis, adding in hand sanitizer stations, implementing social distancing policies, requiring associates to undergo daily temperature checks and more.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is open and accepting reservations.
OMNIA Los Cabos is temporarily closed until further notice.
Grand Mayan at Vidanta Los Cabos is currently open and accepting reservations.
Flora Farms is open and accepting reservations.
Acre is open and accepting restaurant and treehouse reservations.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is open and accepting reservations.
Viceroy Los Cabos has temporarily closed until further notice.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is open and accepting reservations.
Hotel El Ganzo is open and accepting reservations.
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is open and accepting reservations.
Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, Dreams Los Cabos and Breathless Cabo San Lucas is open and accepting reservations.
One&Only Palmilla is open and accepting reservations.
Pueblo Bonito Resorts and Quivira Golf Club is open and accepting reservations.
Montage Los Cabos is open and accepting reservations.
JW Marriott Los Cabos is open as of June 22nd and accepting reservations.
Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos is open and accepting reservations.
ME Cabo is open and accepting reservations.
Paradisus Los Cabos is temporarily closed with a reopening date yet to be determined.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso is open on July 1.
In a move to keep the region and incoming tourists safe the group decided together to keep Los Cabos resorts and beaches on lockdown until June 16th, 2020. A reconsideration of this decision could come sooner.
NOTE: *Future flights: it is strongly recommended to contact your airline directly. Please check current Cabo Airport Arrivals and Cabo Airport Departures
At this time Los Cabos Airport is accepting limited flights at Terminal 1. The international terminal, Terminal 2, is expected to reopen in mid-June as more flights from the USA, Canada and Europe increase. Los Cabos Airport has the expected on-site protective measures in place to receive flights currently in operation from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and, national flights from Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City. Safety precautions include social distancing markets, plexiglass shields at counters, mandatory face masks, sanitizers and other efforts.
Customers arriving will be expected to have a temperature check and answer Coronavirus exposure questions.
May 14th Cabo Coronavirus Update
There is an announced phased reopening for tourists to return to Los Cabos. A a new program “Clean Point” certification will be taking place state-wide. Certification will be implemented at hotels and resorts, restaurants, markets and tour providers as well as in the Los Cabos Airport.
The Clean Point certification includes checking the temperatures, thermal imaging and filling out rick factor questionnaires upon arrival at SJD International Airport.
There is a phased reopening plan that includes 5 steps with a common goal of all of Cabo to be open by the start of 2021. Starting June 1, 2020, limited travel while implementing new health and safety protocols will lead to phase 2 with the reopening of a full-servicing Los Cabos Airport. The following resort and hotels have released this schedule (can be changed at any time, please consult with your destination).
Remaining Reopening Schedule in Los Cabos
October – Grand Solmar, Rancho San Lucas, Hyatt Place
November – RIU Palace
The Los Cabos Tourism Board is looking to promote luxury travel to visitors from Canada and the United Kingdom starting in October. In the first quarter of 2021 they hope to enter phase 5 and restore 80% of travel and 60% of resort bookings.
Southwest Airlines announced it would start bringing back several international routes flying from Houston and Denver to Los Cabos starting in June this year.
Reference site information: Travel & Leisure
3/20/20 – Coronavirus COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
On March 20th, 2020 the Presidents of Mexico and the United States of America agreed to restrict travel to and from Mexico limiting to only essential needs. This is the official COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert.
The Los Cabos Airport is taking these restrictions seriously and making efforts with all airlines and associated service providers. These included increased security measures for safety of all travelers, airport staff and vendors.
Real-time updates at https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/
The health and safety of visitors is our top priority and special protocols to contain the virus have been implemented. Some of the actions taken in Los Cabos to avoid the spread include:
- A sanitary protocol has been established in the Cabo Airport – San Jose del Cabo International Airport checking temperatures to all arriving passengers
- A multidisciplinary committee where private and public organizations receive constant feedback about the source and spread of COVID-19
- Hospitals and Hotels have special training on the implementation of clinical guidelines issued by the Federal Government to limit the risk of infecting others
- More frequent cleaning of public areas
- Daily communication among the associations in the destination about measures, best practices, protocols or assessment measures as needed
- The Ministry of Health of BCS has already implemented protocol with the hotel and timeshare association as well as with the business chamber of commerce and DMCs to assess and immediately inform about any potential risks or cases
- Mexico confirmed 164 positive cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of March 19. Authorities continue to investigate additional suspected cases. The Mexican Ministry of Health (Spanish) publishes daily updates on the number of cases
Entry and Exit Requirements during the COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert – Is Los Cabos Airport Open?
- 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.
Schools, Business, Transportation, and Government Closures during the COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
- The Mexican Ministry of Education has closed all schools from March 20 until April 20.
- Between March 23 and April 19, the Mexican government has declared a social-distancing campaign consisting of four pillars.
- Take basic preventative measures: wash your hands, avoid handshakes and kisses, and stay home if you are sick.
- Suspend non-essential public-sector, private-sector, and social activities. Employees who can telework should do so. Public transit will remain operational.
- Organizers of large events with more than 5,000 attendees will reschedule or postpone them.
- Protect the elderly and vulnerable.
Cruise Ship Passengers during COVID-19 in Mexico – When will Cabo open?
U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship at this time. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. Cruise travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
This is a fluid situation. CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website and see the latest information from the CDC.
Quarantine and Healthcare Information for the COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
- 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.
Local Resources in Cabo for the COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
- 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.
Assistance with Travel in Mexico during the COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
- For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 1-800-681-9374 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
E-Mail: [email protected]
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444