It's no secret that Mexico is a top location for #quarantinetravel but how can you go about it safely? I'm the first person to say I will continue to travel during this time but it's important to do it responsibly. The majority of countries that US vacationers travel to are 3rd World Countries. Many of those countries depend heavily on tourism to maintain their economy. While I hold this as a big reason to continue to travel, I also acknowledge that many of these same countries don't have the medical support to keep all of their citizens healthy if we choose to come in and not follow protocols.
First, here are some simple protocols to implement while traveling:
Wear a mask at all times from the time you enter the airport until you make it to your destination (hotel, AirBnB, resort, etc.) That means in your taxis and shuttles too.
Wipe down your seat and highly touched areas (arm rest, tray table, TV, window) Almost every airline is providing this when you step on the aircraft, use it.
Keep hand sanitizer on you
Now, Mexico’s Current COVID-19 Stats:
Cancún & Isla Mujeres are in the state of Quintana Roo, which has been one of the states least effected by COVID-19. It’s debatable that they placed an extra effort to fight Covid in this area, because it is such a tourist location.
Here are the current provisions that Mexico has in place for all tourists as of November 29, 2020.
The initial restrictions technically no longer exist!
The US and Mexican governments only restricted land travel and that came to an end on November 21, 2020. The limitation of crossing the border by land is the reason you still see people vacationing in Cabo and Cancun because they are entering by plane.
You are not required to have a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter
You are not required to quarantine upon entry
They may perform random Covid-19 tests if showing symptoms
When departing, you have to fill out a Covid-19 symptoms sheet either digitally or physically.
While in Mexico, I have to say I think they had more universal provisions in place than the States do. Here are a few examples of what I mean:
When exiting immigration your temperature is checked through a body thermal scan before you can get to baggage claim.
When I was picked up at the airport, my driver sanitized all of my luggage before putting it in the car
To enter the grocery store in Tulum, I had to have my temp checked and you could only enter and exit through specific doors
My temperature was checked to get into every restaurant I ate at, even if there was outside seating
On the ferry ride that has two levels (lower enclosed and upper open) you must keep your mask on at all times.
Our AirBnB had extra sanitizer and disinfectant supplies for our use
To go in the Isla Mall in Cancun (which is 80% outside - even the entrance I'm talking about) you had your temperature checked and was given had sanitizer
My Hotel in Cancun, Canopy by Hilton, had a place for you to sanitize your shoes before you even enter the lobby and hand sanitizer available.
I can honestly say I felt safe being in Mexico in the middle of the pandemic. At the same time I can also say we did not go out and party at clubs, wore masks whenever we were out (even in our taxi) and didn’t interact with too many people outside of our group.
Travel is still obtainable, but you have to be mindful and prepared!
Until next time, Stay Safe & Stay Trippin’