Be aware before you travel to Mexico a new policy takes effect January 26th.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. All international travelers 2 years of age or older, including US citizens and legal permanent residents must be tested.
Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.
Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days 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. Airlines 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.
InMexico.com is reaching out to the destinations and resorts to learn how they will accommodate travelers with testing and how to assist travelers that test positive with a quarantine and get them care if needed along with getting back home safely.
This is a developing story and we will have updates here.
In other Covid news:
Municipal authorities in La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS), have placed new restrictions on business opening hours due to a recent increase in coronavirus cases. All nonessential businesses, including restaurants, bars and tourism operators, must close by 11:00 p.m. every day of the week. The sale of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in restaurants and 9:00 p.m. in supermarkets and stores. The local government didn’t say how long the restrictions, which took effect Tuesday, would remain in place.
La Paz authorities also said that large social and family gatherings are banned and reminded citizens that the use of face masks is mandatory on public transit.
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — As of January 25, all bars, clubs and discos will be shut as the Cancun and Riviera Maya region roll back to an orange epidemiological light. The news came from Governor Carlos Joaquín who says that their closures are part of the strategy to curb the rate of infections, adding that clubs are some of the most high-risk places.
He explained that in order to not alter economic recovery schemes, various activities have been adjusted, while the number of preventive measures will be increased in order to have better control and avoid a greater growth of infections in the municipalities.
Some of these, he said, include an increase in rapid testing and community monitoring as well as a call center for citizens who can speak directly with a team of doctors.
“You have to stay at home,” said Carlos Joaquín. “Those who do not have to go out should stay at home. It is necessary to break the chain of infections and prevent the growth of cases or otherwise, we will have to return to confinement.”