Coronavirus Update for Mexico's Caribbean
COVID-19 in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Cozumel
January 6, 2021
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Covid-19 Mexico Overview
In a typical year, Cancún, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are some of the most popular destinations in the state of Quintana Roo, México. These cities are usually bustling with tourists and offer a wide range of attractions for guests.
However, 2020 and 2021 are not normal years. Things are everchanging in times of COVID-19, and it can be challenging to navigate traveling.
If visiting the Yucatan Peninsula or one of these cities in Quintana Roo interests you, 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.
COVID-19 Regulations in Yucatan and Quintana Roo State
As of January 6th, 2021, there are no travel restrictions to or within México. The state of Quintana Roo is still welcoming guests with safety procedures.
Here are some of Quintana Roo’s specific protocols:
- Hotels: Hotels in the state are permitted to operate at up to 60% capacity. Individual hotels have their safety protocols that you can find on their website. Typically, only hotel guests can use hotel beaches.
- Tours: Tours are still operational if they meet safety standards and are locally certified. Social distancing is required, and there need to be sanitizers, disinfecting equipment, and temperature checks in place for guests.
- Restaurants: Restaurants in Quintana Roo can only operate at 30% capacity and close by 11 pm. Safety and cleanliness protocols are tightly regulated.
- Nightlife: All bars and nightclubs are closed in Cancún, Tulum, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen for the time being.
- Flights: You can still visit the area by flying into Cancún or Cozumel. There are no specific protocols for COVID tests or requirements besides temperature checks, but the individual airline may have them.
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.
Is It Safe To Visit Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum or Cozumel During Covid-19?
So is visiting places like Cancún, 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: Up until January 5th, 2021, there have been 16,118 total cases and 2,044 deaths in the state of Quintana Roo. The region experienced a surge in new cases after the holidays and increased tourism. As of December 23rd, 2020, the number of American tourists visiting Quintana Roo increased by 23% from 2019. However, the state will remain categorized at a “yellow” risk level going into the new year.
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 will receive the first doses of the vaccine in Cancún starting January 11th, 2021.
Yucatan Highlights Map
Below is a map of many of our highlights in the Yucatan. To open the table of contents, click on the icon in the top left corner of the map. This will allow you to sort through the different types of highlights! Click on the points of interest or the icons on the map itself to access additional info. You can open the map in its own window to make it larger if you’d like.
What is “The Island Life?”
To some, it is lazing barefoot in a hammock on the beach… sipping a pina colada under the shade of a native coconut palm.
To others, it’s a sweat-soaked hike through the jungle… to leap off a waterfall into the turquoise waters below.
To us, Island life is all of these things and so much more.
From jungle adventures to catamaran sailing, scuba diving to ancient temple exploring, there is so much to discover with Island Life.