Is Los Cabos Open?
May 19th Cabo Reopening Update
Today, May 19th 2020, the Association of Hotels in Los Cabos and local Governments bodies discussed the updated COVID-19 numbers in Baja California SUR. Recent reports from the medial authority throughout the region have pointed a slight increase in reported cases. The current status of Coronavirus in Cabo San Lucas is as follows: (Source: Official Baja California SUR State Communication)
- Population: 287,000
- Active Cases: 92
- Recovered: 135
- Deaths: 6
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.
Is Cabo Airport open?
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 exposure questions.
May 14th Cabo Coronavirus Update
There is an announced phased reopening for tourists to return to Los Cabos.
Starting late May 2020 Los Cabos will be open and ready for visitors seeking sun and vacation while staying safe. 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).
Reopening Schedule in Los Cabos
May 23rd – Holiday Inn Express CSL
May 30th – Cabo Villas & Club Cascadas
May 31st – Grand Solmar, Playa Grande, Pueblo Bonita, Posada Real
June 1st – Casa Dorada, City Express, Diamante, Los Cabos Golf Resort, Mar de Cortez, Medano Hotel, Nobu, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and Rose, RIU Santa Fe, Sunrock, Villa Resorts, Waldorf-Astoria Cabo, Chileno Bay, Esperanza, Fiesta Americana, Grand Velas, Hampton Inn, Marquis, Montage, Westin, Cabo Azul, Casa Natalia, JW Marriott, La Marina Inn, Royal Solaris, Viceroy, Zadun-Ritz Carlton, Villa Resorts, Casa del Mar
Mid June – Bahia, Me Cabo, Sheraton, Solaz, Krystal Grand
July 1st – Four Seasons, Barcelo, Paradisus, Hilton
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
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444