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.
Current Coronavirus Status
Inside Yucatan and Quintana Roo
- The first cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Cancun on December 16th, 2021. Covid case numbers in Quintana Roo had been declining since August, but have begun rising again since December 18th, 2021. As of January 21st, 2022 Quintana Roo is currently averaging approximately 659 new Covid cases a day in a state with a population of 1.85+ million.
- 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 moderate risk.
- On January 20th, it was announced that Quintana Roo will move into the ORANGE designation from January 24th to January 30th, 2022.
- When Quintana Roo was last under the ORANGE designation in 2020, hotels & restaurants reduced indoor capacity to 30%, supermarkets operated at 75% and bars, nightclubs, cinemas and public parks were temporarily closed. Bars that also sell food are technically “restaurants” so they remained open. Announcements have not been made yet for the regulations going into effect on January 24th, 2022, but I’ll keep this updated!
- Case numbers in the islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Holbox are still fairly low.
- As of January 21st, 2022, hospital occupancy is currently 0% full in Isla Mujeres, 9% in Cozumel, 13% in Playa, 12% in Tulum and 18% full in Cancun. Hospitalizations continue to stay low as the majority of local adults are now vaccinated. More information about cases, hospitalizations and vaccination rates is further down the page.
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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 24 hours of departure. But don’t worry. Testing is readily available at many locations as outlined below. We also 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. Our visitors almost unanimously choose either a Generali or Trawick International Safe Travels plan (both Forbes top-rated travel insurance plans of 2021), but you can easily compare quotes from all the top travel insurance plans here.
Note: The U.S. accepts the results of both rapid antigen and PCR tests.
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!
Begin planning your visit here