Mexico Travel Guide
Mexico Travel Restrictions

Easy summary of Mexico Travel Restrictions

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Rutopía editorial team
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Is it easy to travel to Mexico nowadays?

It is effortless to travel; the Mexican government has proposed some Mexico travel restrictions for tourists to follow. We know that traveling during a pandemic can be a bit complicated due to the global health situation we are currently experiencing. The reactivation of tourism in the last months has caused a significant impact for Mexico since it is a long process. It is essential to know everything we need and the rules we must follow to travel to our country, here we will give you an easy guide to travel to Mexico in case of a pandemic.

It is vital for all travelers to constantly check for updates from the government about COVID in Mexico to have the best experience when traveling to our nation.


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COVID Restrictions in Mexico

Traffic Lights 

In Mexico, a traffic light system is used to know the number of cases and hospital occupancy in each State. As of November 2021, all States are not in a red traffic light, which means they can perform non-essential activities but with their due restrictions. 

In 29 states are in green traffic light: Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Puebla, Oaxaca, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán and Zacatecas.



If you are going to visit any of these states, you must constantly check the traffic light color changes since they may affect the activities that you can carry out during your trip. This should be taken into account as there are some travel restrictions in Mexico that may affect your trip.



In some states, the capacity of public transportation is reduced up to 33%. Therefore, we recommend using the minimum amount of transportation such as trucks or cabs to avoid contagions. If you do use them, follow safety measures such as masks at all times and respect the healthy distance. 

A recommendation is the use of bicycles that you can rent in several points of the country or walk if you travel short distances.


Hotels in Mexico are limited to 25% occupancy, depending on where you are staying. However, there are some general guidelines that you should follow to minimize the risk of infection. In most hotels, you will find hygiene points, temperature taking at check-in and check-out, use of masks, cleaning of the rooms, and keeping a healthy distance between guests and staff.


In all the places you will visit on your next trip to Mexico, you should follow some guidelines to enjoy your activities to the fullest.

  • When entering any place, authorities will take your temperature. If you have more than 37.5 degrees Celsius, you will not be allowed to enter.
  • In most establishments, the entrance, payments, and tickets will be made electronically to avoid touching as many objects as possible.
  • Use a mask when the facilities ask you to do so. You must respect all the guidelines that each place invites you to use, as they may vary.
  • In all places, there will be antibacterial gel so you can constantly disinfect your hands, but the most advisable thing to do is to wash your hands.


Depending on the color of the traffic light of the State you are visiting, authorities will control access. For example, if the State is in orange traffic light, only 50% of capacity will be allowed while the green traffic light will have total access. In addition, on all beaches, there will be filters and access controls with antibacterial gel to disinfect your hands.

No crowds or parties are allowed on the beaches, better enjoy and relax on the beautiful beaches that our country has. 


Can I travel to Mexico right now?

Yes, you can visit our country! The borders are open for tourists. You just have to follow the guidelines that the Mexican government recommends.


Many airlines are available for you to visit our country. The only requirement to fly is to fill out the Health Questionnaire. This questionnaire is required to be able to travel to and from Mexico. This will be a voucher, and you must present it to the airport staff before accessing the security filters.



Will I be quarantined if I travel to Mexico?

You should not be quarantined. The Mexican government is only encouraging tourists to respect the safety measures implemented, such as constant hand washing, antibacterial gel, and masks at all times. 

COVID Contagion

If you participated in a high-risk activity or felt you were exposed, the Mexico City government recommends a 14-day quarantine to ensure the virus does not spread. Requirements may vary by State.

Other recommendations such as staying as long as possible at home or in a hotel and not doing mass or risky activities are essential to take care of all of us. 


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Requirements to enter Mexico

Covid Testing

PCR and antigen tests are available in Mexico; they are not mandatory to enter the country. Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories can offer to test for your return trip. Prices for testing range from MXN 950 to MXN 4500, depending on the speed of delivery and location. Contact your travel provider or your hotel so they can guide you on where to get the tests so that you can return to your country without any problems.


Mexico has approved the use of vaccines: AstraZeneca, CanSino, COVAX, Pfizer, and Sputnik V. Vaccines are not mandatory to enter Mexico.

Some crew members and travelers may be subjected to health examinations and temperature controls upon entering the country. 

Where can I get a COVID test to leave Mexico?

In Mexico, there are some laboratories, pharmacies, and hospitals authorized to perform COVID tests. However, we recommend that you check in advance to see if PCR or antigen testing is available so that you can have it done before leaving the country.


General recommendations for travel restrictions in Mexico.

  • Use masks in establishments and transportation; it is crucial to wear them properly to avoid contagion.
  • Wash your hands constantly with soap and water and use antibacterial gel with 60% alcohol.
  • COVID affects each person in different ways; if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or tiredness, we recommend you to quarantine in a safe place and take a test to be more sure.
  • Plan your schedule so that you do not travel during rush hour and take routes with as few people as possible.
  • If possible, carry disinfectant everywhere you go so you can clean high-use areas such as tables, TV controls, and door handles. 


Remember that the most important thing is to take care of us all. If you want to travel, constantly check the updates that the Government of Mexico makes; to be able to visit the places in a safe but fun way at the same time. Always be aware of travel restrictions in Mexico.


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