Coronavirus COVID-19 Mexico Travel Alert
Today, 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.
NOTE: Please check current Cabo Airport Arrivals and Cabo Airport Departures – *Future flights: it is strongly recommended to contact your airline directly.
There are no confirmed cases in Los Cabos. Real-time updates of Coronavirus in Baja California SUR can be found in 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
- 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
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