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Coronavirus Update For Mexico's Caribbean

COVID-19 in Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel & More

Updated April 14, 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 Regulations

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.) was downgraded from orange to yellow on March 1st due to falling numbers of Covid-19 infections and was still at yellow on April 14th, 2021. You can check the latest color here.

CURRENT QUINTANA ROO PROTOCOLS

Hotels • Restaurants • Bars • Parks • Beaches • Theme parks • Historic sites • Tour-guide services • Shopping centers • Cinemas

Are now open at 60% of their total capacity.* 

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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

And 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.

*The U.S. accepts the results of both rapid antigen and PCR tests.

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.

In Mexico City Airport, testing is in terminal 1 between doors 3 and 4. Antigen tests cost 680 pesos (US $34) and results are available in 15 minutes while a PCR test costs 2,500 pesos (US $124) and results return in 24 hours.

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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, many of the tourist sights are still open and accepting 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!

Begin planning your visit here.

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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 April 14th, 2021, there have been 21,871 total cases and 2,532 deaths in the state of Quintana Roo. Since reaching a peak in late January after the holidays, numbers have dropped dramatically in February & March 2021.

HOSPITALS

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. The state expects to inoculate an additional 1.5 million Quintana Roo tourist workers in April & May 2021.

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  1. 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.

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