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Coronavirus Update For Mexico's Caribbean

COVID-19 in Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel & More

Updated September 21, 2021

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Covid-19 Mexico Overview

If you plan to visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean region, here is a snapshot of what you can expect. While only you can determine your risk tolerance and make travel decisions, this guide will provide information to help you make an informed decision. Note that regulations can change rapidly, so consult government websites for additional coronavirus updates.

If you plan to visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean region, here is a snapshot of what you can expect.

While only you can determine your risk tolerance and make travel decisions, this guide will provide information to help you make an informed decision. Note that regulations can change rapidly, so consult government websites for additional coronavirus updates.

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Current Coronavirus Status

Inside Yucatan and Quintana Roo

  • Mexico’s Caribbean region began to relax their Covid-19 restrictions on March 1st 2021.
  • Each state in Mexico is assigned one of four colors (green, yellow, orange, red) based on current rates of infection and hospital occupancy.
  • The status of Quintana Roo (Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel, etc.) is currently yellow meaning exercise precaution.
  • Case numbers in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Tulum are very low.
  • As of September 21st, 2021 Quintana Roo is currently averaging approximately 101 new Covid cases a day in a state with a population of 1.85+ million. Hospital occupancy ranges from 0% full in Isla Mujeres to 13% full in Cancun. Case numbers have been on the decline since mid-August and hospitalizations continue to stay low as the majority of local adults are now vaccinated. More information about vaccination rates is further down the page.

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CURRENT QUINTANA ROO PROTOCOLS

  • Hotels, Restaurants, Theme parks, Historic sites, Tour-guide services, Shopping centers and Cinemas are now open at 60% of their total capacity.
  • Curfew in Quintana Roo is currently set at midnight to 5am. All bars and restaurants are required to close at 11pm and all guests must be back in their hotels by midnight.
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* While in Quintana Roo, visitors must observe all federal and local health measures, including wearing a mask while in public places—including in hotels, shops and restaurants where required.

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Negative Test Requirements

Info for Visitors Leaving Mexico

Beginning January, 26th 2021, all passengers DEPARTING Mexico for the United States are now required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test administered within 72 hours of departure. But don’t worry. Testing is readily available at many locations as outlined below and the U.S. accepts the results of both rapid antigen and PCR tests.

We also highly suggest getting Travel Insurance in case you get a positive test and have to extend your stay a few days to get a negative test, though this seems to be very rare. You can easily get quotes from the top-rated insurers at the guaranteed lowest price here.

Covid Test In Mexico

Get Tested In Your Hotel

Many major hotels across Mexico including Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Tulum are offering Covid-19 Testing services to their guests for free or for a special fee. Please contact your hotel DIRECTLY for information and details. If your hotel does not offer testing and you want to be tested before going to the airport, click here for a list of Quintana Roo labs providing Covid-19 Testing. This list is provided by the local authorities and may change at any time.

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Get Tested At The Airport

To facilitate the negative test requirements in the US and other countries, Covid-19 testing is available at most airports in Mexico.

In Cancun Airport, testing is located at each departure terminal for passengers needing a rapid Covid-19 test. Testing is open from 6AM to 9PM and takes approximately 30 minutes to get the results. Cancun has ANTIGEN tests only which are fine for the U.S. but not accepted in certain European countries. The test costs approximately 290 pesos (US $14) per antigen test.

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The Experience

If you visit Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel today, you can still have an exciting experience. As noted above, most tourist sights are now open and welcoming guests. Be prepared to wear a mask whenever around other people, but otherwise, the experience is similar to most years, only with far fewer tourists!

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The Big Question

Is It Safe To Visit Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum or Cozumel During Covid-19?

So is visiting places like Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel safe? That is ultimately up to you to decide. No destination with cases is 100% safe, and if COVID is around, there is always a risk. However, this is what the situation in Quintana Roo currently looks like:

COVID-19 CASES IN QUINTANA ROO

As of September 21st, 2021, there have been 57,095 total cases and 3,926 deaths in the state of Quintana Roo since the pandemic began.

HOSPITALS

Hospitals as a whole are currently operating at under 20% capacity. All of the cities have high-quality hospitals that will generally take tourists. People commonly report that hospital bills are significantly lower at these hospitals than in the U.S.

VACCINE

Quintana Roo received its first doses of the vaccine in Cancun starting January 11th, 2021. Currently, more than 85% of the adult population in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The state hopes to inoculate the rest of Quintana Roo in the next few weeks.

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    1. Hey Jack. Not sure. They just switched to yellow recently so the curfew may go away soon. I’ll post updates here when things change.

  1. we will be visiting Barcelona Resort the first week of November 2021, what is the color zone there and will every thing be open including indoor dinning and bars.

    thank you

    Lee Ann

    1. Do you mean the Barcelo Maya resort in Riviera Maya? If so, the color is now yellow and indoor dining and bars should be open. Have a great trip!

  2. Hi,

    Am a Belgian citizen (fully vaccinated). Will be in Canada (Montréal) from November 3rd till November 9th 2021. Am planning to fly from there to Cozumel for a 10 days stay. Flying back to Brussels out of Cancun on November 19th 2021. Do I need to go through any quarantine ? Thanks in advance for all your great input and insights.

  3. We are traveling on 12/16/2021 and staying first night in hotel zone cancun. Are there restaurants that are open late for dinner? How late are the clubs open?

    1. Heya Jasmine. Many restaurants are open until 11. Curfew is still midnight but could change soon. By December things could change dramatically though so check back here often!

    1. Hi Erin. Just have the kids wear masks when in obvious mask-wearing situations 🙂 Case numbers are on the decline as the vast majority of locals are now vaccinated. Have a wonderful safe trip!

    1. I’m not sure if they’re requiring them Richard, but the vast, vast majority of resort workers are vaccinated at this point. The latest government report said that 89% of tourism workers were vaccinated as of a few weeks ago. Probably even higher now.

  4. Hi
    We are coming at thé end of november, in december we want to go to Costa Rica. Are thé flights with Volaris are a good plan or is it often cancel because there is less tourists? Thanks

    1. I haven’t heard any chatter about Volaris flights being cancelled so I’m not sure. American Airlines flights were having some cancellation issues on weekday flights earlier in the year, but I think they’ve gotten a little better now.

  5. Hi and thanks for the up to date info on the Covid19 matter.
    About the face masks, is it obligated to wear face masks out on the streets, or just recommended?
    If only recommended, what do most people do, wearing them or not?

    Regards

    Rob

    1. Hey Rob. Facemasks are technically required when out in public but some people don’t adhere to this. I recommend using those super light weight disposable medical light blue masks because you barely notice them in the heat here as opposed to the heavier cloth masks that get sweaty and uncomfortable almost immediately. You can also easily tuck them into your pocket when you sit down to dinner, get to the beach or hit the pool!

  6. We are supposed to travel to Riviera Maya in November 2021. We are vaccinated, but I am worried about getting sick there and not receiving good health care. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Sunny. There are high-quality hospitals and medical care facilities available in the larger tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. They are fairly accessible from most places in the Riviera Maya.

    1. Hey Nina. The Federal Government just announced they will change the Q Roo from orange to yellow this week, but the local governor is keeping the state at orange for right now. I’d expect this to change in the coming weeks if cases continue to fall. I would also expect the curfew to end soon! I’ll keep this page updated with any changes.

  7. We are traveling to Valentin Imperial Maya in 2 weeks. Will we have to wear masks outside around pool, walking on property, or at the beach?

    1. Hey Kevin. Masks are not typically required at pools and beaches in resorts. Only in enclosed spaces like walking through lobbies and internal hallways. Have fun!

  8. Hi Daniel! We live in Miami. We have reservations to arrive in the Riviera Maya October 12, 2021. We are concerned about the rising numbers due to the Delta strain of the Corona virus. Do you believe it’s safe to travel to the Riviera Maya at this time? Awaiting your response! Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Aida. The numbers in Quintana Roo are significantly lower than in the States right now. Masks are still required inside in public areas and most locals are vaccinated. These mitigation efforts seem to be working. If you’re vaccinated already, the risks here are probably less than Florida. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi Daniel, we are arriving Cancun this weekend and will stay near Puerto Morelos for a week.

    Could you please let me know how bad it is there due to Grace? Do you have power back? Can people go beaches and jump into the hotel swimming pool?

    Could you please also update the daily COVID-19 cases in Quintana Roo? Thank you very much!

    1. Hey David, I’m over in Cozumel but it’s not too bad here after Grace and we took a pretty big hit. We have power and the roads are already cleared. My guess is Puerto Morelos faired similarly and they’re cleaning up today. I’d expect power, swimming pools and beaches will be just fine this weekend, but you could try contacting your hotel to be sure. I updated all the stats on the site today! 🙂

  10. Great site! Do you know anywhere we can get an *urgent* PCR test in or around Cancun? We are in Valladolid and had planned to do it here within 72 hours before our flight, but all the testing labs here have *closed* due to the hurricane. We arrive in Cancun on Friday evening and will need an overnight PCR test with results within 12-18 hours for a flight Saturday midday. (Needs to be PCR, not antigen.) Any tips for emergency/rapid testing labs?

  11. HI Daniel,

    Thanks for this post, it’s super helpful! I’ve been keeping an eye on the cases and today there was a very high number, although yesterday was very low so I suppose the weekly average won’t be too high. How is the situation looking? I am due to travel on August 28th and am a bit worried it will go red. Is this likely? Do you know when the traffic light system is updated and if there is any warning prior?

    Thanks again!
    Alex

    1. Hey Alex, glad you like the page! I try to update it every couple days with the latest info. So, it’s always better to look at the 7 day rolling average rather than a spike on a specific date as they could just be reporting two days data on the same day. Overall things are going well here with vaccinations continuing and the vast majority of the adult population here being vaccinated at this point. The governor has said he won’t implement lockdowns again so red is probably out of the question now. Come on down and have a wonderful time!

  12. We will be staying at El Cozumeleno hotel in Cozumel September 25 for a week. Are you required to wear a mask while you are having dinner in their restarants .

    1. Hi Robert. People don’t typically wear masks in the outdoor spaces of resorts, the pool area, the beach, etc and they don’t wear masks when seated at the table of any restaurants. You’ll need to have a mask with you for walking through the hallways and the lobby, but that’s about it. Easy peasy!

  13. Could you tell me about the seaweed situation in Playa del Carmen at this time? We will be staying at Royal Hideaway in Mid September and wonder about the amount of seaweed around the resort. We love to walk on the white sandy beach and get in the ocean but thinking about the huge amount of daily seaweed that washes ashore is a big turnoff and may be a reason not to go.
    Thank you for your feedback.

  14. Hi – I’m travelling to Playa Del Carmen next week. Other than proof of vaccination, are there any health forms that need to be filled out before going through customs?

    1. Proof of vaccination is not required to enter Mexico. Neither is a negative Covid test. You can enter freely but the United States and other countries require a negative test when you return.

      1. Daniel, do you think Cancun will be out of level Orange by mid October? Will the bars be open later? Also with have bars shut down by 11pm is that in Cancun or does that include the hotel bars?

        1. Hey Andy, I honestly have no idea if they will go back to level yellow by mid October but it is possible. They’ve already talked about making the curfew 1am instead of midnight. Hotel bars also typically close at 11pm because their employees still have to be home in time for the midnight curfew. Everyone is still having a great time regardless!

    1. Nothing is required. I’d suggest bringing a swimsuit and some flip-flops. Everything else is optional 🙂

      1. Hi Daniel, is it true that Cancun is at hi risk category red…. What are the Restrictions and our bars nightclubs restaurants open or closed

        1. That is NOT correct. Quintana Roo and the Riviera Maya are still in orange. I don’t think it will go back to red honestly. Vaccinations are happening here pretty quickly now that the cruise ships are coming back and more than 65% of adults in Q.Roo are vaccinated now, including most tourism workers. Restaurants and Bars can be open till 11pm. Clubs are closed I believe, but check when you arrive.

  15. What happens if we stay at all inclusive and test positive before our departure? Are there any protocols in place how will the hotel handle this?

    1. Hey Angie, that is really up to the resort. You should speak to them about their policies and definitely consider getting travel insurance here.

  16. Hi Daniel. I wonder if you can help. My daughters aged 18 and 20 are trying to get a rapid antigen test for a flight which leaves tomorrow. They’re in Oaxaca today and fly to Cancun tonight. They could do the test today in Oaxaca or in Cancun tomorrow morning. They’re finding it hard to get a test in Oaxaca. Any tips there or in Cancun for an emergency test? They can get PCR but I think the results might take too long to come through. They’re desperate…. thank you.

  17. Hey Daniel! Awesome site and your responses are so helpful! Can you recommend safe areas to stay for solo travellers in Play del Carmen, where to stay away from, and daytime pool party places? Thanks!

    1. Hey AJ, glad you like the site! I think if you stay close to the main tourist street in Playa you should be okay. Centro is cool to venture into during the daytime and has some good restaurants. A good rule of thumb is the farther you go from the beach, the less safe it may become. Check out Deck 5 for that pool party vibe.

  18. Hello, we are traveling to Tulum Aug 25-29. Can you please let me know what are the restrictions there right now? Are the cases high in Tulum? Are masks required everywhere? Do we need a COVID test before arrival? Thank You so much!

    1. Hey there. Most of the restrictions are outlined above. Most businesses are operating at 60-70% capacity. Curfew is midnight. Masks are required in most public places but not in the pool, in restaurants or at the beach. You do NOT need a negative Covid test before arrival. Case numbers are fairly low in Tulum, the government says there are 21 active cases but testing is not as prevalent here. I think you’ll find your visit fairly normal and fun!

  19. Hi Daniel,
    We are flying down to Cancun airport September 1st for 10 days at a resort.
    I have heard that the Mayan Riviera went from an amber to a red alert regarding covid. Is this true?
    We both are fully vaccinated, is it a good time to come down?
    We will have additional insurance should there be an emergency but how do I get coverage in case we test positive when leaving the resort? We leave from Canada and fly into Dallas (so we require a negative test to have an hour and half stopover there correct)? and then onto Cancun to the resort.
    Any information you may have will be extremely helpful – Thank you Darcie

    1. Hey Darcie! Quintana Roo and the Riviera Maya are still in orange. I don’t think it will go back to red honestly. Vaccinations are happening here pretty quickly now that the cruise ships are coming back and more than 65% of adults in Q.Roo are vaccinated now, including most tourism workers. September should be fine for a visit, but obviously, things can change in a month so check back here for updates. For travel insurance, you can definitely find the best prices here. I hope that helps!

  20. Hi,

    Is it still true that bars and clubs close at 11:00PM in Cancun/Tulum? Trying to plan a trip there

    Thanks

    1. It is true but, don’t let that sway you, there is plenty of fun to be had during the day and into the evening. At this point, the bars close at 11 and folks are required to be back in their hotels by midnight. If your hotel has a bar, that might be a different story though. Not sure.

  21. Hi, thank you very much for your great web! May we have a question? We book our trip to Yucatan for 3 weeks August/September. On some older forums we read an information that there are some restriction in number of people in a rented car. Is it true? We plan to be a family of 6 in car for 7. I absolutely can´t find an information….Thanks a lot, Astrid

    1. I have not heard of or seen this restriction. Vans and large taxis seem to be operating at full capacity everywhere. Maybe that person was talking about last year’s lockdown?

  22. Hi Dan, thanks for a very helpful website.

    Am due to fly to Cancun on 7th September for 9 nights from London with my fiancé. At the moment our tour operator is cancelling holidays with two weeks notice though we have found other operators who are still flying.

    Can we ask about the curfew in place as hearing mixed messages? ALl bars outside of the hotel close at 11, clubs not open, in our hotel (Rui Cancun) club not open but 24-hour sports bar is. We have contacted the hotel and currently await their reply.

    Obviously if our holiday is cancelled we have a very short window to re-book so trying to find out as much information as we can.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey there Heidi. So yes, the curfew is in effect with bars closing at 11pm, though there is chatter about moving that to 12am. There is so much to do during the day, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. The important thing is the pool bars are open! haha. I can’t imagine a scenario where you have your tour cancelled as the governor has stated that there will not be any more lockdowns and more than 65% of local adults are already vaccinated. Obviously, a lot could change between now and then, but keep checking back here and we will do our best to update you on any changes.

  23. Hi Dan,

    Thank you for all the first hand information on Cancun area. As you may know the Delta variant affections have increased significantly. What is the latest situation at Riviera Maya? How many new cases are reported everyday? Thank you!

    1. Hey Dave, right now they’re reporting around 400 new cases a day in the whole state of Quintana Roo. Testing is not as prevalent here as it is in the States though, but vaccinations are happening in a major way here. More than 65% of adults are vaccinated and they just received another large shipment of vaccines. Near the bottom of this page, I update the daily number of new cases every few days. Feel free to bookmark and check back often!

      1. Hi Dan! Thanks so much for all of this info!

        Me and three other friends will be traveling to Playa Del Carmen august 10th-16th for my birthday. We’re wondering if clubs are open currently. We’ve heard there is a 12am curfew, and were excited about clubbing, but from reading other comments it seems that clubs are closed? Are they still closed and if so, what do you think the likely hood of them reopening/curfew being dismissed in the next week will be?

        1. Clubs are closed for now and I doubt they will reopen in the next week. But in Playa there are plenty of pool party places where you can listen to DJs and swim and watch the sunset and have an awesome time anyway.

  24. I have a question, My boyfriend and I will be traveling from the U.S to Riviera Maya 8/15/21-8/20/21. We’re staying at all inclusive adult only Resort will we need a negative covid test upon arrival? And if so how many hours ahead of time will it need to be to count? Is this something I can obtain instantly @ the Mexico airport upon arrival? I read somewhere where it said unless you provide proof of vaccination or negative testing that you can’t enter Riviera Maya Public places, is this true? Do we need this to be @ the Resort area we’ve already reserved? Please let me know, thanks!

    1. Hey Tonia, so the Quintana Roo Tourism Board has stated that hotels and restaurants won’t require proof of vaccination or negative test results from tourists. Only from their own staff.

  25. Daniel,

    Quick question, I am a tad confused by some of the previous posts. Are vaccinations required now to enter into Cozumel? Today is July 30th and someone said that this started on July 26th? Nowhere has this been posted other than here in this.

    Thank you.

    1. Hey Patti, so a few websites posted last week that the governor of Quintana Roo mentioned this idea of checking for proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative Covid test before entering some businesses in the state. But we haven’t heard any details here or seen this in practice anywhere. Nor has it been mentioned since then. I haven’t even written about it on the page here because it’s not something actually happening at this point. If something like that ever materializes (doubtful), I’ll absolutely add it to the page.
      There are no vaccine or test requirements for entering Mexico.

  26. Word on the street is that Cozumel is greatly affected by COVID right now, mask requirements, testing requirements, reduced capacities, etc. Moreover, this is not being publish so that people will continue to show up. I was told this was due to the native population on Cozumel being susceptible to COVID. Can you confirm if Cozumel is open for business or will a trip there be hindered and possibly ruined by current state of COVID affairs.

    1. Hey Alex! I’m in Cozumel now and everything is open and folks are having a great time. The majority of local adults are vaccinated now and the Cozumel hospitals here are at just 8% full as of today. Masks are required in most public spaces but not at your restaurant table, in the pool, at the beach or snorkeling, which is where you’ll probably be 90% of the time haha. All the businesses are great about cleanliness and take your temp and give you hand sanitizer at the door, but besides that you wouldn’t notice much difference from normal. Capacities for hotels, restaurants and tours are at 60% or so which is just about right for comfort anyway. Whether you decide to come is up to you, but the Covid protocols likely won’t hinder your enjoyment. Hope that helps!

  27. Hey Daniel – thanks for an interesting website!!!

    I just saw that from 26 July onwards, all hotels and restaurants will require proof of vaccination to be able to enter. We are a family of 5 and all but our 11 year old son has been fully vaccinated. Do you perhaps know how this would impact young kids under 12 that currently still cannot get vaccinated? I cannot seem to find anything online, so was wondering whether you perhaps know from local news etc. Thanks!!!

    1. Hey Robbie, glad you like the site! At the present, I haven’t seen anyone enforcing this rule and I’m not sure how it will affect tourists vs. locals. In Quintana Roo children arent even eligible for the vaccine at this point so I can’t imagine a scenario where your child would have any issues regardless. I’m sure yall will have a blast!

      1. Thanks Daniel!! VERY much appreciated. Stay safe, and thanks for providing thousands of us with info and updates!!!!

  28. Is there an outdoor mask mandate in Quintana Roo at the moment? As in walking down the street? I am particularly interested in Playa del Carmen.

    1. Yeah the mask mandate is for outdoors in crowded areas especially, but its not really an issue since most of the time folks are eating, at the beach, in the pool or snorkeling! You’ll have a wonderful time regardless.

  29. So I’m a little confused about the covid test. Do we need a test coming from the US or not? What if a person is fully vaccinated?

    1. Hey Katie! You do not need a test coming from the US. Only when you are returning to America FROM Mexico.

  30. My husband and I have flights from the US to Cancun Aug. 24th and will be renting a car and staying in Playa Del Carmen at a condo downtown. With the new info coming out, I’m wondering if the restaurants and shops will be open and how “open” will Playa be. I know things can change rapidly but it’s just a few weeks out now and I have just 2 more weeks to cancel our condo. We don’t want to get in a situation that is going to be less than good. Additionally, we prefer not to be exposed to COVID if there’s an uptick there. Thank you for any info.

    1. My understanding is there are no plans to go back into red at this point and most restaurants, hotels, attractions, etc. will remain open at 60% capacity for the foreseeable future. Have a wonderful trip!

  31. Today is July 25th and there continues to be a spike in Covid positives in Cancun. Is there any talk, rumor or speculation that Quintana Roo will elevate to Red Status?

    Thanks.

    1. Hey Mark. My understanding is there are no plans to go back into red at this point and most restaurants, hotels, attractions, etc. will remain open at 60% capacity for the foreseeable future. Have a wonderful trip!

  32. Hi Daniel,

    How are you doing?
    We just read about the new colors/codes for the different states and wonder if the state Oaxaca which just turned orange means that the bars and restaurants will close as well as the sightseeing? Because when Yucatan turned orange those things closed, am I right?

    Love to hear from you.

    Greetings

    1. Hey Mark. I can’t speak for Oaxaca as we are in Quintana Roo, but it has been orange here for a few months and restaurants and bars are all open at 60-75% capacity. There is a midnight curfew and nightclubs are not open, but besides that everything seems fairly normal honestly. All sightseeing and tours are active and available here with covid capacities and protocols in place. Quintana Roo and Yucatan feels very “open” to tourists who are all having a wonderful time! Have a great trip!

      1. Hi Daniel,

        Thanks for your quick response!

        We will just see and make it a great and safe trip.
        Greetings!

  33. My wedding is in Riviera Maya In October, the hotel is telling me they are not allowed to serve buffets for weddings and all meals have to be plated. They are saying that is a government rule due to COVID. Is that a government policy? Any idea what it might take for that to be lifted?

    1. Hmmmm. I’m not sure about that Meg, sorry. Perhaps you could contact a few other hotels and ask about their “buffet status”. Sorry, I cant be of more help!

  34. I’m traveling to Riveria Maya July31-Aug7…my biggest fear is testing positive to return to US n I can’t be stuck in Mexico for another 14 days…do you think I should cancel? Are alot of tourists testing positive at all inclusive resorts? I can’t find any documentation on it.

    1. Hard to say. I haven’t heard of many tourists testing positive before departure but I believe it’s happened a few times. Plenty of tourists here now and the safety protocols are very good.

  35. Hello,
    Couple of friends and I are suppose to arrive 8/11 do you think curfew would still be in place by then? And does everything close at 11?

    1. Hard to say about curfew in August. I’d assume it will still be in place, but regulations are based on case numbers. Places are typically closing at 11 and you have until midnight to get back to your hotel. But there is SO MUCH FUN to be had during the day here, it’s not an issue for most people.

  36. For Antigen Testing at Cancun airport, even the airport website says that the mobile testing units there should be a “last resort.” How many extra hours should we arrive at the airport to make sure we can get tested?
    We are hoping to stay at a rural hotel near Piste/Chichen Itza which is not offering Antigen Tests, and making a special trip to Valladolid to find a clinic will surely take the better part of a day…

    1. I would suggest adding a good hour to your normal early arrival. Have you checked to see if any larger hotels near your hotel are offering tests? That might be something to consider. Good luck!

  37. Hello, my family and I are due to travel to Playa del Carmen the first week of August. I know Quintana Roo has been on “orange” for some time now. Due to increase in cases, do you think it would get to “Red” before the end of July? also, our children are not vaccinated but we keep their mask on all the time, is there any distance requirement in place?

    1. Hi Jessica. I don’t think it will go to red honestly. The vaccinations have really ramped up in Quintana Roo the past few weeks. Obviously, things can change, but at this point I don’t foresee returning to red. There are certainly distance requirements indoors in most places, but you shouldn’t find it to be an inconvenience. Everyone is still having a wonderful time! Thank you for asking your children to mask up around locals. Half of the folks here aren’t vaccinated yet so anything we can do to prevent introducing more virus here is much appreciated. Thanks again and have a fantastic visit!

  38. Hey! I have a few questions. Apologies in advance. I am planning on traveling solo to Tulum in the coming weeks. 1. Do I need a PCR test to enter Mexico from the US at this time? 2. Are the Airbnbs there safe to leave behind a decent amount of filming equipment and can you walk to the beach from them (I noticed most are near downtown)? 3. I’m assuming the ADO bus is the best way to get to Tulum- how do you book it and where does this drop you off? 4. I would like to stay a few nights in one of the beachfront hotels…which do you recommend for the most “Tulum” experience.

    THANKS! You have no idea how helpful this is! Any additional tips you have for a solo adventurer are also welcome.

    1. Hey there! 1. You do not need a Covid test to enter Mexico. 2. I can’t speak to the safety of Airbnb’s, sorry. If they are in downtown you should be able to walk to the beach. 3. The ADO bus is the cheapest and you can grab it right in the Cancun airport terminal. If you have a lot of valuable equipment, you might feel more comfortable pre aranging a shuttle service to take you. They pick up the airport too but are more expensive. 4. Oh man, there are different types of Tulum experiences! Check out our Tulum Hotel Guide.

  39. Hi!

    Me and my family are thinking of traveling to Quintana Roo in december and we will be fully vaccinated by then. I am wondering about the mask requirements, are they mandatory in all public places, like the beach?

    1. Hey Mike, December is a long way away so who knows honestly. Right now people wear masks in most public places but not on the beach, while seated in restaurants or in the pools. That’s like 90% of what you’ll probably be doing here anyway! 🙂

  40. Hello. My fiancé and I cannot wait to be at Secrets of Akumal Riviera Maya starting July 22nd for our pre-honeymoon/graduation trip.

    I have read that it is at 50-60% capacity right now, will this ramp up at the end of the month?

    Thank you for answering in advance.

    1. My guess is that it will remain at 50% occupancy through the end of the month, but honestly, who knows. We’ve been in “orange” for months and yet everything pretty much feels like normal here. I’m sure you folks will have a fantastic time!

      1. Thank you so much for replying! This is our first time traveling internationally and when we planned one before, the pandemic hit. We are both fully vaccinated and will take precautions to keep the staff safe as well.

        We are truly excited and I have no doubt we will have a lovely time! Thank you.

    1. Curfews are being sporadically enforced throughout Quintana Roo. Businesses are supposed to close at 11pm in most places and folks are supposed to be home and inside by midnight. Essentially making it a 12am-5am curfew.

  41. Hello.

    I am from Norway and visiting Aug 3-17. I have already receieved my first does in Norway. Can I get my second dose in Playa del Carmen?

    Maricor

    1. I don’t know what the situation will be in August, but right now the limited supply of vaccines in Mexico are being reserved for Mexican citizens. So my guess is that you will not be able to get vaccinated here.

  42. What about the restaurants? Is it all open? You have to make a reservation? We are going in a few weeks.. 🙂

    1. Restaurants are open at 60% capacity everywhere! Enjoy! Reservations are only needed at restaurants that typically would require reservations.

        1. I know that Quintana Roo is pushing very hard to get all tourism sector employees vaccinated as fast as possible. I’m sure many are vaccinated at this point but I doubt that all of them are yet. They are enforcing plenty of safety protocols though.

  43. I am booked for a trip July 11-18. What do you think the likelihood is that Quintana Roo will lock down because of a Red Light designation? I’m wondering weather to cancel before I lose money on the trip.

    1. Very, very unlikely. Vaccinations are ramping up across Quintana Roo and dozens of cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in July. The governor already hinted that they wouldn’t lock down again. Everything is open again and tourists are returning and having a wonderful time. You’ll have a blast I’m sure!

    1. The hotels are doing a wonderful job with Covid protocols. Exercise normal Covid cautions and you should have a wonderful time.

  44. Thank you for all of the great content. We have been pushing off our Tulum trip since May 2020. We are finally going late October of this year and we are so excited! As of today, it appears things are manageable as far as COVID is concerned and hopefully it only gets better between now and October. I will continue to check back for updates. Thanks!

  45. I’m very hopeful that we will be able to visit Mexico this year when the pandemic is over. I hope everyone stays safe down there.

    1. I have traveled multiple times to the Riviera Maya during Covid. It has been awesome. Few crowds and I’ve always felt Covid safe. In my opinion-this is the best time to go.

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