Coronavirus Update For Mexico's Caribbean
COVID-19 in Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel & More
Updated February 7th, 2023
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.
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Current Coronavirus Status
Inside Yucatan and Quintana Roo
- As of February 7th, 2023, Quintana Roo is currently averaging approximately 98 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 GREEN meaning lower risk.
- Case numbers in the islands of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Holbox are still low.
- As of February 7th, 2023, hospital occupancy is currently 1% full in Cancun, 0% full in Isla Mujeres, 0% in Cozumel, 0% in Playa del Carmen and 0% in Tulum. Hospitalizations continue to stay low and the majority of locals are now vaccinated.
- More information about cases, hospitalizations and 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 100% of their total capacity.
- There is no longer a curfew in Quintana Roo.
- There is no longer a statewide mask mandate.
* While in Mexico, visitors must observe all federal and local health measures, including wearing a mask where required.
Negative Test Requirements
Info for Visitors Leaving Mexico
As of June 12th, 2022, all passengers departing Mexico for the United States are NO LONGER required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. If you choose to get tested, however, testing is readily available at many locations as outlined below.
Get Tested At A Lab
Many visitors prefer getting tested at a local lab, as it is easy and discreet. Labs will perform the initial swab and then email or text you the results. In any major tourist area you will see signs for COVID testing labs everywhere.
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 in house, many hotels can arrange for a doctor to visit you in your room to administer a test.
Get Tested At The Airport
To facilitate the negative test requirements in various countries, Covid-19 testing is still 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 not accepted in certain European countries. The test costs approximately 290 pesos (US $14) per antigen test.
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 where required, 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 February 7th, 2023, there have been 118,964 total cases and 4,454 deaths in the state of Quintana Roo since the pandemic began. You can view 14 day case numbers here.
Hospitals as a whole are currently operating at under 1% 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.
Quintana Roo received its first doses of the vaccine in Cancun starting January 11th, 2021. Currently, more than 90% of the adult population in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Quintana Roo began booster vaccines for locals in November 2021. Vaccines and boosters are currently not available for visiting foreigners in Quintana Roo.
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This Post Has 351 Comments
Any information regarding color coding for the rest of the Yucatán? Merida and Campeche?
Everything is green right now. You can check here.
Any idea when the indoor mask mandate will be lifted in Merida?
No telling, but it’s not always enforced. Always carry a mask with you, and if others are wearing them or you are asked to, put yours on. Otherwise, don’t worry about it outdoors and just have a great time!
I really appreciate this, thank you for telling us . Very hard to find up to date regulations for other countries , so this helped
Do u have to be vaccinated to enter Tulum??
No, you do not. There are no vaccination requirements in Tulum.
Hello, i saw some reviews on tui lately about bars closing early in the hotels.
Is it some kind of a new rule in cancun?
Some hotels still have their own rules in place.
Is it better to pay in pesos while vacationing in Mexico or U.S. dollars?
It’s always better to pay pesos. You can use ATMs in Mexico to withdraw pesos. When you do, ALWAYS decline their exchange rate. Every ATM will show you their (ridiculous) exchange rates and allow you the opportunity to accept or decline it. Always decline. Your home bank’s exchange rate will always be better.
Great info. I have been to Q. Roo a dozen times. Have done just about all the excursions you mentioned. The entire family has loved them. Going back end of May, 2022 to Isla Mujeres. Looking forward to trying some of the restaurants/spots you mentioned.
Glad you enjoy the site! Have a wonderful visit!
hey daniel, my family and i live aboard our sailboat we are looking to sail into Islamujeres this late summer. could you please inform me about the testing for us or is there any testing at all? vessel documents no problem. passports no problem. very interested in the feedback sincerely. S/V The White Pearl
There are no testing requirements for entering Mexico 🙂
Is a negative covid test required to enter back into the US? If so can you take a home test or does it have to be at a local lab?
Yes, you are required to show a negative Covid test taken within one day before flying to the US. They will check at the airport in Mexico before you fly. I don’t think home tests are allowed.
Just got back on the 16th of may. My son tested positive on Friday the 13th. I stayed and quarantined with him over the weekend. The rest of my family flew back on the 14th into the US with negative tests. We flew domestically from Cancun to Tijuana. No test needed. Walked across using cbx into the US just showing passports, id and vax cards. We rented a car from San Diego and drove home. You can fly within the US without a Covid test, but we live in California and driving was a better option for us. My son had no symptoms, very light cough. I made sure we masked up the entire trip. I also let the rental car company know that my passenger just tested positive. I was not going to wait for a negative test to fly home. It Could take up to 14 days before you get a negative test.
What about masks inside hotels, bars, and restaurants? We are going April 13 and really don’t want to have to worry about a mask anywhere
There are still masks required in a few indoor spaces like grocery stores and museums, but in restaurants and bars you don’t need to wear them. Certain hotels might have rules about the lobbies, but besides that you shouldn’t have to worry about it! Have a great visit!
Do you know is there age limit at ado busses when children have to wear a mask?
I’m honestly not sure B. I’d suggest just having a paper mask in your pocket in case they ask your child to wear one.
We plan on traveling from Amsterdam to Cancun with a layover on Dallas (DFW) (around 5 hours). We’re aware that we need negative test results to enter the US but what we can’t seem to figure out is if we again need a valid negative test when flying out of Dallas to Cancun.
Do you have any idea regarding this?
Awesome resources btw, thanks in advance!
Hey Yordi, Glad you like the website! You do not need a negative test to enter Mexico. There are no testing requirements here. Hope that helps!
Hi, I will be arriving in April and would like to make sure that I do not require a negative Covid test to enter Mexico, if I do I will need to book the test asap. Also, is there anything else that is required?
There are no testing requirements for entering Mexico. Have a wonderful visit!
How is the situation with regards to violence? We plan to stay in Playa del Carmen with day trips driving to Chichin Itza, Tulum and the Cenotes in the area. Any input?
There is very little violence whatsoever and Quintana Roo is quite safe. Just act like you would in any American city and you’ll have a great time!
We may be going to Riviera Maya in April. Just trying to figure out the levels & how everything is operating at this point.
Covid levels are extremely low and everything is opened up again. Have a wonderful visit!
Great to see QRoo at Green – I’m arriving in a few weeks – regarding testing for return to US – the CDC allows both a negative test or documentation from MD showing proof of active antibodies (“Documentation of Recovery”) – do you know if Airport personnel at Cancun are accepting the latter?
I honestly don’t know Rob. I’ve heard mixed things. Tests are inexpensive and readily available though.
Thank you for all your knowledge and info…it has helped so much. Staying in Cancun and Puerto Morales when there. Pretty active couple but love sightseeing too. What would you suggest as top 3 excursions? leaving in the next week.
Also, any restaurants to eat at downtown that you really recommend.
Happy to help! Take a look at our Cancun Visitors Guide and Cancun Restaurants Guide for suggestions!
Hi Daniel, I just wondered when they are looking at the colour system again and the chances of Cancun going green
They just announced all of Quintana Roo will go green on Monday! February 21st, 2022.
What exactly does that mean? Are masks still required anywhere?
Masks are still required in some indoor spaces, but not typically in restaurants and bars. Most everything is pretty much open. We recommend just bringing a mask along and putting it on where you see others using it. Have a great trip!
Your site has been such a wonderful resource and I so appreciate your continuing to update it. We are traveling soon to Playa Mujeres. I have small children and so don’t feel like traveling too far out of the all-inclusive but would like to expose them to something cultural. I found El Meco Archeological site but Google is showing it as temporarily closed. Do you know if it is closed by any chance?
Thank you again!
I’m glad you enjoy the site! Sorry, but I’m not sure if El Meco is open or not. I suggest trying to reach out to them if possible. Good luck and have a wonderful visit!
Daniel I appreciate your daily status updates! Me and my girlfriend will be in Holbox next Friday and cannot wait. With that being said… do you have any information with the seagrass/seaweed situation on the beaches? I’ve heard it’s hit or miss and was just curious how it could be potentially looking upon arrival next week.
The seaweed doesn’t usually get bad until the early summer. Have a wonderful trip!
I am from Albania, and I do not know what requirements are to enter in Mexico from Albania. I have done two shots of Sinovac. Do I need visa, or smth similiar?
My husband is from Usa, with two shots.
We would like to visit Cancun in March
There are no vaccine requirements to enter Mexico.
Hi Daniel, your site has been an invaluable find for our family. Thank you for the up-to-date information… we leave for Cancun in 5 days and very much look forward to the warm sunshine and swimming in the Caribbean Sea. Thanks again for the in-site you provide for all us traveling to Mexico!
Happy to help Andrew! Have a fantastic vacation!
Hi Daniel! Thanks so much for tracking and sharing all of this info– very helpful! We are leaving for a trip to Tulum in 2 weeks and will be travelling with our 6.5 month old son. I just stumbled across a review of a grocery store that indicated Quintana Roo has restrictions in place that do not allow children under 2 to enter the store. Is this still in effect? If so, what sorts of establishments (restaurants? stores? etc.) does this apply to? Is it only for “indoor” spaces?
Hey Ashley, glad you enjoy the website! As for the restriction you mentioned, I have not heard this before. It’s not to say it doesn’t exist, I’ve just never heard this. Sorry, I can’t be of more help!
What is the mask situation like there? Want to book for April but won’t if masks are still required.
Masks are still largely required indoors and in crowded areas. Don’t worry too much about it, you wouldn’t need to wear masks at the beach, the pool or in restaurants. It’s easy to see where people are using them. Have a great trip!
Thanks for a concise and clear advice, we’re travelling on the 26th of March and are buzzing !
Have a great trip Matt!
Thanks for the continual updates on COVID conditions. We’re 29 days from lift-off for our Cancun trip and it’s helped us make sure we felt comfortable going. Raising a Margarita in your name on the beach!
Have a fantastic time!
Same here!! Your website has been our constant source of info to decide whether to go ahead with our long awaited trip to Isla Holbox & Playa del Carmen, so thank you very much! We’re going! Wooooo!!
Have a wonderful time Rachel!
And we are 35 Days from our trip to Cancun – so this is great news !!
is the PCR or Antigen test demanded when arriving from other countries than USA? We are coming from Finland with three shots. Thank you already, this site is very informative and helpful 🙂
There is no test required when ARRIVING in Mexico. Mexico has no test requirements. The only requirements are from other countries when you head home. The US requires an Antigen or PCR test, but other countries require PCR tests. Check what the rules are for returning to Finland. Glad you like the site!
Hi now Quinta roo has now gone from orange to yellow what does that mean for the hotels and bars?
It pretty much means have a great time!
We just read the level is staying orange and will be updated on 2/6. Did you hear this?
Yes, that is what I have written above 🙂
Hi! We are going to Playa Mujeres middle of April and debating if we should cancel or not. Do you know if a lot of people get stuck at hotels due to getting a positive test result?! My luck, I would be one. Lol.
It’s fairly rare. Just go and have an amazing time!
Haha this is what I worry about as well.
Thank you very much for this detailed information! We are really looking forward to visiting and hope 1) the cancunense stay happy and healthy [top priority!] 2) the local/state/federal government do not increase the semaphore to red! This would hurt the economy and gente far more than the virus!
Super happy to have stumbled across your site. Very informative. Do you know when the next government update will take place regarding colour codes. We are going to be in Puerto Morelos on the 12th and are hoping they go back to yellow, or better yet… Green.
That would be wonderful, right?! Green is the dream. Right now, we’re waiting for an update from the government. Cases and hospitalizations have largely plateaued this week, but you never know. I’ll update this page as soon as I hear anything.
Thank you for your great website!
In about 6 days were going to yucutan and quintana roo. Looking forward! Only were wondering about the traffic light system what the expectations are?? Were afraid that it will turn red on the 6th of february and then there is no way back and we can probably do nothing? Do you have any information for us 🙂
Thanks in advance!
Right now there hasn’t been any indication of returning to red, but none of us expected we would go to orange (with no new restrictions?) and that happened. Check back regularly, I typically update the color on this page a few days before the official government website. Have a wonderful trip!
I don’t see the update on any site for the covid color for the week of Jan 31st. Still planning to come to paradise tomorrow, unless they went to red yesterday. Any help you can offer would be helpful.
They haven’t updated us yet. You may hit some rain on Sunday but Monday and Tuesday look like sunny and 80 degrees! Welcome to paradise.
Scheduled for 2 weeks at The Grand at Moon Palace, starting Feb 3. IF Quintant Roo is in RED at that time, will it close the resort restaurants? Is there no exemption for large resorts? (I only ask because I have read this elsewhere, but no idea if it’s true). If ORANGE, what will that look like on-resort?
We have no real plans to leave the resort, and are not there during one of the festivals.
Thanks – super informative website!!
The restaurants would likely remain open. The last time it went red, resorts just closed themselves off to outside visitors but inside the resorts, fun continued. Some temporarily closed their buffets, but I don’t think it will go that way this time. I think you’ll have a wonderful time!
Hi Daniel just curious how its looking. Will be traveling to the barcelo maya grand resort in February do you think things will still be open or getting worse.
Let me take a look into my crystal ball here Travis 😉 Just kidding. Honestly, I’d bet things improve over the next month if the curve follows similar patterns to South Africa, UK and the US. Numbers seem to be plateauing, but check back in a few weeks.
Do you know of an official source detailing mask requirements whether it be Mexico or Cancun specificially? My search led me here, but straight answers are hard to find!
Masks are required in public spaces, but this varies based on local enforcement. Bring a mask and you’ll see pretty quick where you should be wearing them. It’s barely a nuisance since most of your time will likely be at the beach, pool or restaurants where you don’t need to wear em.
Sorry Dan what about the bars and clubs please sorry for the questions coming with family but would love a night out to enjoy the nightlife
Right now the bars are still open most places.
Hi, are there any news/updates about Quintana Roo restrictions after January 31st? Right now it’s orange and my concern if it will move to the red
No updates yet. I’ll update as soon as I hear anything.
Thank you Daniel! We are looking at travelling to Cancun, but aren’t trying to wear masks everywhere and get mask tan marks… That may be a source of pride for some, but not us!
Good to know it’s fairly limited, as we’ve gotten used to not having to wear them anywhere but at the doctor’s office at this point:)
Hey Blake, as I’ve stated above, masks are not required at the beaches or pools or in most resorts. I wouldn’t worry about tan lines! lol. Just have a mask with you for entering buildings and in congested public areas. You will see immediately where people are and are not wearing masks and just do as the locals do. Have fun!
We are coming down Feb 9th for 12 days and wondering the same thing as Liz. I get the part about restaurants, beaches and pools and not having to wear a mask there, but what about walking around outside in town around other people, and being outside, are you required to wear a mask then as well or only when you go into a store or building?
At this point, you’re supposed to wear them whenever you’re around others. I can’t speak to if/how this is being enforced though. My guess is, if you’re on a busy pedestrian way like 5th ave in Playa for instance, you should definitely have one with you and see what’s happening. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You’ll have a great time regardless. Sidenote: paper masks are much more comfortable than cloth in the tropical heat.
Hi – can anyone give me an update on traveling to Cozumel right now.? My wife and I are booked to travel this coming weekend but with the current Covid spike and the new Orange level in the area I’m concerned our trip will be impacted and the possibility of getting a positive test and being required to stay in Mexico beyond our schedule trip. Has anyone run into being delayed coming back to USA currently.? I can cancel our trip and reschedule if i wanted too. Thanks.
Cozumel is open and gorgeous right now. The hospitals are mostly empty and cases have already peaked. Get tested outside of your resort to avoid mandatory quarantine. There are several walk up Marko labs around town or you can go to one of the hospitals like Costamed for testing. You’ll get results in an hour or two. Have fun!
I had lucky,when i was in Mexico, this was yellow, we had not mask outside. But inside. I love Cancun and Talum
My fiance and I will be flying in to Cancun, moving on to PDC and then Tulum.. I can see that the area has just moved to orange, do you know how that will affect restaurants etc? And is the any indication that the area might move on to the red light as well?
At this point, the only thing the government has announced is increased mask usage in public spaces. No closures. There is no indication that we will move into red, but it’s not up to me. Honestly, I’m not sure what we moved into orange.
Any new announcement on restrictions?
Hey Tom. There have been no new restrictions. Everything seems to be going just as normal here 🙂 Sunny and beautiful with a high chance of fun!
Hi. Something I can’t find the answer to anywhere..if we test positive for Covid before leaving back to the US how many days do we need to quarantine for? I know the US just dropped the days to 5 but places in Europe are still 14 days. Thx
Hey Darcy. It seems to depend on where you’re getting tested. If you get tested at a lab, there is no mandatory quarantine as your results are private. We recommend you self-isolate and continue to get tested until you receive a negative test. If you get tested by the resort, it sounds like most are requiring you to stay in your room for 5 days and then re-test. Unfortunately, I cant give you a definitive answer, as it seems different resort chains are doing things differently. Try contacting them for specific rules.
Very helpful website especially for the updated Covid information . Thank you!
Glad you like it Jenny!
Currently under quarantine at Valentin Imperial in Quinta Roo after testing positive on PCR with mild allergy type symptoms. Took a second test at my expense after symptoms abated and came back negative so thought I was good to go back to Canada. Westjet would not accept second test and booked my flight back for 11 days. Called GOC travel Covid hotline to get info and was told by Public Health Canada it is scientifically almost impossible to have a negative PCR test after an initial positive test and with symptoms. Certainly not in the same week. Apparently it can be 6 months for Covid to clear the DNA test and that’s why you can travel from 11-180 days after a positive test. I have suspicions about my second test.
Do not get convinced or scammed or try to buy a negative test as if the Canadian airlines know you tested positive previously, which I had to do to cancel my packaged flight…their policy now is to not fly you in any case for the 11 day quarantine minimum as apparently this is rampant right now in Mexico. The Valentin has a 14 day free extended quarantine wing which I am in with many other Canadians and I knew this before booking. Unfortunately all my false negative second test did was cause confusion and conflict with hotel who expected me then to leave when I could not get a flight and I was not about to risk lying to customs by trying a different airline. None of this appears anywhere I could find on Westjet or travel.gc.ca.
I have never heard of any of this, but I am also not Canadian and have never flown Westjet. This sounds like a Canadian airline/government restriction that went into effect because you reported to them your initial positive test. Thank you for sharing this interesting predicament. Seems strange that they would accept a positive test but not a negative test. Very strange.
Orange announcement was made yesterday, going into effect on 24th
Thanks Mary, Please see my response to Suzanne above. I’ve updated the page with what I know so far.
Been coming to Mexico for two years now changed dates three times , was meant to arrive 3 weeks today such a shame.
I don’t think I would want to go under orange conditions , website has been so informative the last while. Thank you
Guess we will see what happens tomorrow
Hey James, we will keep it updated.
What does it mean that it will be orange until the 30th? Will they reassess at that point or is the plan to drop back down after a week?
They will reassess at that point. So it may only be orange for a week, or they may extend the orange status.
Thanks for this info. I am scheduled to
Travel to Sandos Caracol on Feb 9, Playa del Carmen with two kids. We are vaccinated save for my 5-yr old. Nervous about the quarantine possibility, what are the chances right now in your opinion of testing positive and what are the resorts like at the moment – are guests dropping like flies?! Unsure I can even cancel or reschedule. And is the quarantine requirement set to reduce from 14 days?
Hey Laura. Things seem pretty normal here. Take a look at my response to Darcy.
And now it is orange in Quintana Roo. Thank you for being such a good resource! We are wondering how the capacity affects restaurants and bars that are mostly outdoors. Does everyone just move outside or do they limit capacity at the front door? For example Xpu Ha, the Buena Vida in Akumal. Thanks.
Thanks Erica, take a look at my response to Suzanne above. I’ve updated the page above and will keep updating once they go to orange on Monday.
Hey Daniel – I’m sorry you have to be an expert on all things Covid now too! Thanks for letting us know that it looks pretty normal despite the orange status.
No problemo! Come on down and have a great time!
Hey Daniel, first of all want to say I so so appreciate your blog and updates. It’s a sea of information out there and it’s been hard to actually tell what is going on down in the area. If there is any way to leave an official review or testimonial, if it would help your page, I would do so.
Like others my question is restriction related. I have heard that with the change to yellow that our resort has closed bars, and everything else, at 11pm. Is this what is required by law right now? I asked through their facebook page and the response was just that they were following government rules. They also said they have not had the disco and casino open for a while now which, when it was green, they could have I assume. I guess I wonder if these decisions are partly due to restrictions but also staffing shortage or other. I sympathize with both but I also can’t help feeling jaded if the resort is closing things partly on their own choice. Have you heard of this being common right now in the playa del carmen area? Thanks for your time!
Heya Chris, glad you like the site! I haven’t heard of the specific restrictions you’re speaking of, but many of the resorts in the area are part of large chains that have their own rules in place. Or perhaps they always closed the bar at that time because of zoning/noise laws? If they’re closing the bar earlier than normal, my only suggestion would be to start drinking earlier! 😉 It’s 5’oclock somewhere, right! Sorry, I can’t be of more help and have a wonderful trip!
Hello, I am travelling to riviera maya next month from the UK. Are excursions still going ahead now it has changed to yellow?
Yes, they are. Enjoy!
Traveling the end of January. If the code is changed to orange does this mean the occupancy percentage at the hotels will change? I can’t seem to find the rules anywhere to have a plan B.
Thanks for any feedback
Hotel occupancy would change if we move to orange but I have heard no indication that is in the cards. Now that Q Roo has reopened for tourism, locals are mostly vaccinated and hospital occupancy remains low, the government is hoping orange won’t happen again.
The announcement was made last night that Q Roo was moving to orange 1/24 how does that change things for those of us scheduled to arrive next week? Thank you!
Thanks Suzanne! Yeah they said they weren’t going to go back to orange, then they went back to orange. Such is life. I’ve updated what I know so far above and will keep updating with what’s happening on the ground next week.
What happens if you test positive? How long is the quarantine period? Cant Seem to find This infomation! 🙂
Heya Mathias. Check out my reply to Darcy.
Hi Daniel, I am (reluctantly) attending a music festival at Moon Palace next week since we have not been offered a refund option. I have read on the event Facebook pages that private resorts are exempt from state covid restrictions? Can you confirm if that is true or not? We are concerned if Quintana Roo moves to orange we will definitely not have the vacation we’ve paid for. Thanks!
I can’t image a resort would be exempt from state laws, but I also don’t see any indication that we will be moving to orange. Check in with the Moon Palace about the festival though.
We are planning on travelling Feb 1,2022 for 2 weeks and staying at Riu Caribe.
would it be wise to stay at the resort for most of the stay and avoiding Cancun and outside of resort restaurants ?
I’ve also seen you said you believe it would peak around Jan 20, does it seem that way ? or is it fairly safe to travel in your opinion ?
Thanks for your time
I’d say venture out for a good meal or to hit a different beach while you’re there, but that’s just me. If you are high risk, take whatever precautions you feel comfortable with. My speculation about the 20th was based on when Omicron numbers peaked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and now the US. It’s purely speculation though, but so far it looks fairly reasonable that Q Roo numbers will start to go down in the coming weeks. I’ll keep the site updated though!
Hello, I am visiting Cancun and staying at Grand oasis cancun Feb 3- Feb 8. We booked out trip three months ago for a bachelor party.
Was just wondering, is it busy in Cancun at the moment? How are the resorts? Are there lots of resort parties?
The peak holiday season has passed but it is winter so there are plenty of tourists enjoying the sunny Cancun weather. I don’t know about resort parties, sorry.
Thank you for all the information on this site. I will be travelling to cancun from next week. I see the county status has changed to yellow. What does this look like currently? Are bars and clubs now closed? What are the current restrictions when out and about during the day? Thank you
Bars and Restaurants are currently open. Not much is changed. Plenty of tourists are here having a wonderful time! 🙂
Me and my family are coming in Jan 25th and I have alot of questions before coming. I can’t get in touch with anyone on the phone. What are they doing to keep everyone safe ? Does everyone wear masks every where but out side ? I’m a diabetic with other health problems due to having covid in 2020. I just wanna feel safe and I’m fully vaccinated. Thank you.
Hey Amanda. Most people wear masks in all public spaces, but it really depends where you are. Tourists more often don’t wear the masks and no one really wears them at the beach or poolside. They typically take temperature checks to enter buildings and have hand sanitizer at the door. Overall they do a good job trying to keep people safe that want to be. Obviously, if you’re concerned I would suggest not going into crowded tourist bars, but they’re easily avoided!
Quinta Roo is yellow right now. Can you tell me based on the current CoVid statistics if this is likely to turn to orange? Who amakes that determination, and how frequently?
The governor of Q Roo makes determinations but individual mayors may implement their own restrictions. Not seeing many restrictions yet since going to yellow on 1/10. I think the local authorities don’t want to restrict tourism again if possible. Looking at how things went in South Africa and the UK, the peak of the Omicron wave seems to be happening around 3 to 4 weeks after its arrival. If Mexico follows a similar path, I think we’ll hopefully see the peak around 1/20 and then a decline in cases. Hospital occupancy rates are still low and most locals are vaccinated. I’ve heard nothing about going to orange, so let’s just hope for the best.
Thanx for all the info!
I’ve been traveling over the last couple of years without going home (Bosnia) and didn’t get a chance to be vaccinated. In fact, Mexico is the first country where I plan to stay long enough to get two shots, if necessary. Has the situation changed since your summer replies, that is, do you know if it’s now possible to get vaccinated as a foreign national (not a resident, here as a tourist) and where?
I have not heard anything about visiting foreigners being allowed to receive the vaccines at this point.
I will be visiting Mexico on the january the 27th. Based on what i have seen everything in the quintana roo is on yellow at the moment. Is it still possible to go on nights out, when vaccinated?
Yes, but there may be some curfews in the coming weeks. I’d expect them to be around midnight like last time if they happen at all. That still leaves plenty of time for the beach and dinner and drinks out!
Hi! We are travelling to Mexico in 2 weeks – arrival on 22.01.2022. We know status now is yellow but we’re afraid it will change to orange next week or the week after… Can you still visit like for e.x. cenotes/ Chitzen Itza or go to restaurants when status is orange? We are travelling around in Yucatan for 2 weeks so it would be a shame if we have to stop our trip halfway because of that…
PS: Love your website!
Glad you love the website Dieke! Looking at how things went in South Africa and the UK, the peak of the Omicron wave seems to be happening around 3 to 4 weeks after its arrival. If Mexico follows a similar path, I think we’ll hopefully see the peak around 1/20 and then a decline in cases. Hospital occupancy rates are still low. I’ve heard nothing about going to orange, so let’s just hope for the best.
I have a question I am hoping you can help with.
My family and I are travelling to Puerto Morelos in a couple of days from Canada. We have booked a company to come perform a COVID-19 PCR test at our hotel prior to our departure. I am wondering if any of our results are positive, is the hotel and local authorities notified? And if so, are we able to leave the resort and choose an accommodation to quarantine in until we can fly home? We have a list of Air bnb properties lined up should we need to do so. Any information and help on this would be greatly appreciated. Much thanks! Andy and family.
I’m not sure about the person you have booked specifically, but typically outside labs DO NOT report your test results to anyone. They should email you the results discreetly.
I’m medically mask exempt and cannot wear any sort of face covering. Are these exemptions honoured in Mexico?
Not that I know of. They still require masks at most indoor public spaces. You can spend the vast majority of your time outdoors and live mostly mask free though. I suggest eating at outdoor restaurants as it’s 85 degrees and sunny here today!
I am visiting Holbox later this month. Can I purchase my bus ticket from Cancun to Chiquila (forgive me if I spelled it wrong) on the date of my arrival or should I purchase it before hand?
You can purchase it on the day of arrival. Have fun!
Is rapid COVID testing still available at the Cancun airport?
Yes, but i suggest getting it earlier if at all possible. Here is some more info.
Do you know the % of tourists testing positive in the resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos specifically?
I don’t sorry.
Will be in Cozumel January 9, 2022. What is that looking like. lol
Blue skies, sunshine, ridiculously fantastic snorkeling and diving 🙂 Typical winter in Cozumel.
Like everyone in Canada I have to wait 6 weeks after my last vaccine shot to receive a booster and the earliest I can get a booster shot is Feb 10th and I will be in Playa Del Carmen from Jan 9th – April 6th and so I Googled Googled trying to find a location that gives booster shots and thus far I can’t find anyplace.
Thanks in advance for your help.
As a visiting foreigner, you cannot receive Covid vaccines in Mexico. They are reserved for Mexican residents only.
All provinces are different. My Doctor gave me a note/prescription so I could get my booster shot earlier than the mandatory waiting period. I just told my Dr. that I had travel booked and he recommended that I get a booster before I left. No problem.
Where can I go for covid vaccination in Cancun Mexico? I’m in Cancun now and was only vaccinated once for Moderna. I ask because I need to travel to another country.
As a visiting foreigner, you cannot receive Covid vaccines in Mexico. They are reserved for Mexican residents only.
Thank you for providing great up to date information. Wanted to ask if there are resorts that only accept the vaccinated? We’d love to find a beautiful resort where we feel safe with travelers who are all fully vaccinated.
I’m not sure about that. I would suggest contacting a few hotels, but I kind of doubt they will have those types of restrictions. Most resorts here are 90% open-air spaces (besides your room of course!) so it’s not as confined as a cruise ship. Hope that helps!
Are there any vaccination requirements for ENTERING Cozumel? I cannot find anything on it either way. Thank you
There are no vaccination requirements for entering any part of Mexico.
What is the protocol if you test positive in Cancun and can’t return to the United States? Is there a list of hotels or airbnbs that allow you to stay there while in quarantine?
If you test positive at your hotel, you will be required to stay at your hotel typically. I suggest getting tested at an outside clinic, so you have more flexibility as you self quarantine.
What happens if you test positive at your hotel? How long does QR require you to isolate? How do you get released from
Isolation, etc? (i.e. No symptoms? A negative rapid test?)
I am trying to find a copy of the local COVID regulations but my Spanish is jot good enough! Thanks!
There is a disparity between hotels it seems. Some require shorter or longer isolations and will base it on tests and/or symptoms. My understanding is the new guidance will make hotel quarantine 5 days soon. Unfortunately, I don’t have more information on that at this point.
Hi! Thanks for a great website!
I am visiting Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres, arriving in december and leaving in January
I am wondering how tourits will be isolated if testing positive before leaving mexico?
I am traveling with my little daugther, who is not vaccinated. In case she will test positive, we would need to be isolated where we are able to use our own garden and so. She is 3 years old, and isolating at a hotel room for 14 days seems impossible. it is possible to decide where to isolate oneself?
Hi Ina, glad you like the site! So I would suggest getting tested at a local clinic instead of at the hotel. That way if you test positive, you can isolate yourself wherever you’d like and keep getting tested daily until you get a negative test.
Nice website, very informative, I really appreciate your responses. We will be visiting Playa Del Carmen & Merida around Christmas. Will major historical sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Muyil, Coba, Ek Balam, Uxmal etc remain open including holidays? Where can I find this information for each site? Thanks.
I believe they will all be open. I haven’t heard about closures and that is the peak season down here.
Yes, it should be all open. I was just in that area on vacation. A lot of people trying to sell tours there. I didnt go as I have been before.
Hi it is great to be able to ask questions about Mexico.
We are supposed to spend seven weeks in a condo in Puerto Morales. Is it safe to go there due to Covid?
Are all the restaurant open and the beach?
Thank you for the response
“Safe” is subjective as people react differently to Covid. That’s a decision you’ll have to make, but I’ve provided a good deal of info above to get you started. Restaurants and beaches are open 🙂
Hello! Great website and information, thank you! Regarding the requirement about wearing facemask in public places; are beaches and streets included?
Hey Sofia, glad you like the site! Masks are typically only worn on the street or in outdoor spaces if there are crowds. If you’re just walking down the street, no need, but keep one on hand just in case. No masks needed on beaches, in pools, etc.
Can you please let me know if you need to show proof of vaccine anywhere like restaurants, bars, clubs? Are unvaccinated people still welcome, with mask and distance where necessary of course.
Heya Jess. You don’t need to show proof of vaccine anywhere that I know of. Everybody is welcome everywhere! 🙂 I definitely recommend Travel Insurance though to everyone now just in case.
Is it possible to update the Covid statistics, including vaccination rates, more often than once a week. This is a great source of information for tourists wishing to visit but like the information that you post. Alternatively, is there a link that you can send us to that details info on Cancun specifically.
Also, has the Cancún airport taken any precautions for tourists waiting on the immigration lines ?
Hey there, I’m glad you like the site! We do our best to provide the best and most up to date info. I’ll try to update more than once a week, but at this point information doesn’t change much daily. Vaccination rates are culled from government announcements and I can’t track it any more regularly. As for Cancun specifically, you can take a look at this website for some additional information. Cancun is labeled as Benito Juarez municipality. Hope that helps!
Is it required to get covid test before flying to Cancun Mexico?
No, it is not. There are no testing requirements when entering Mexico. Only when returning to the United States if that is where you’re coming from.
Thank you for very informative posting!
I am from Canada, and this vaccine is not available here.
I wonder, if tourist can get Janssen vaccination in Playa del Carmen?
Hi Alena, happy you like the website! I don’t know of any clinics offering the vaccines to foreigners at this point, but that’s not to say it isn’t happening. I think you would probably have better access in Canada though.
Canada may not accept this vaccination on re-entry. I’d do some digging first.
Hi Kate, did you find any local option to get the vaccine in Mexico (Playa / Cancún)? Facing a similar situation on my upcoming trip and return to the USA. Thank you!
Are the Xcaret parks limited capacity? Is it fully masked? We are all fully vaxxed, do we need to show proof at the parks? Thx!
I think the Xcaret parks are open to 80% capacity right now, which between you and me is pretty much perfect! haha. You are not required to show vaccine proof, but I would recommend you bring a photo of it at least just in case and check the park website for any updates.
We will be visiting around Thanksgiving. Wondering what the masking requirements are with the Green level currently in place, particularly with private transfers. It looks like from the Current Protocols section above masking is still required in public places, which I think that means it would include private transfers to resorts. Just wanting to double-check if that does seem to mean the driver would be masked.
Mask requirements are still in place, so the drivers will definitely be wearing masks unless things change between now and then. Have a wonderful visit!
Bus drivers still masking up but I’m wondering if all passengers are required to wear face covering on ADO buses? I’d like to go over to Valladolid or Merida by bus if masks are required for passengers.
Last I saw masks were still required on all public transport.
Hi Daniel, just wondering where you got the current vaccination rates from? Could you please provide link so we can follow. Also, do you know of any hotels that have mandatory vaccination for staff?
Hey there Ruth. The governor of Quintan Roo puts out messages about the vaccination rates. There isn’t really a site I know of that updates that information besides ours. I know that a lot of resorts have vaccinated their entire staff, but not sure of any specific ones to recommend in that regard. Have a wonderful trip!
We are planning our vacation in the city if Cancun in November 2021. Is the “nightlife” in Cancun normally? For example bars and danceclubs are open (and not only until 12 pm, not for dancing an something like this) .
Bars are now open at 80% capacity and without curfews. Nightclubs are also open but at reduced capacities. Have fun!
I plan to come to tulum 21st to 25th october
Are bars / clubs / parties open till late (2-3am)
Is weather favorable ?
Curfew has been lifted so bars, etc. should be open late again. As for the weather, this is the peak rainy/hurricane season so keep an eye on the forecast. It could be 90 degrees and sunny or 60 degrees and rainy. Hard to guess this time of year.
Hi Daniel – thanks for all your helpful responses. We’ll be arriving at Cancun Airport late on Thursday 7th (around midnight). What do you recommend as the best way to get to the Zona Hotelera at this time? Will this be an issue with the current curfew? Thanks
Curfews just ended last week! Have a great time!
Hey – thanks for the page.. is it really required for tourists to wear a mask in public areas in Quintana Roo at the moment?
It is in certain places. I suggest always having a mask with you (except at the pool or beach of course!) and if others are wearing them, you should as well.
We had a holiday booked to Akumal leaving today but it has been cancelled due to the UK still being reluctant to let us visit Mexico. Have re-booked for the end of the month and have fingers and toes crossed we will get there! So happy to find your page with such reassuring updates, thank you!
Happy to help Jane! We’re here for ya.
What about Costa Maya ? We are stopping there on our cruise in a couple weeks, and Google seems to think many things there are temporarily closed… We aren’t looking for tours, just a bar or restaurant near the pier…
Hey Jeff, October is typically the low season so there is a chance that some things may be closed for the month. That being said, I wouldn’t trust the Google “temporarily closed” designations. The restaurant by my house still says “temporarily closed” on Google Maps but they’ve been reopened for 8 months! Look at the restaurant’s FB page might be better. They tend to update those.
Any information regarding Covid in Puerto Morelos?
Hey Lily, the QRoo government shows only 3 known active cases in Puerto Morelos right now and the hospitals are at 100% availability. Looks pretty good.
Our resort offers PCR covid testing but are very expensive , how safe and reliable are the labs you listed? I have been in touch with one of them and said they would come to our resort and do the tests.
The labs are all pretty good. Costamed is the largest lab chain in the area.
Hello, I heard that Isla Mujeres cancelled their Dia De Los Muertos festival. Is that correct? If so, will we still be able to visit the island during that time? Thanks!
That is the first I’ve heard of this cancellation so I’d double check that before you cancel your plans. It might be a mistake or a misunderstanding by someone. Isla Mujeres is definitely open and welcoming guests at this point 🙂
thanks for all the information! Are you aware if there is Covid testing available at the airport in Cozumel? I’ll be staying at the Allegro Cozumel and not sure if they have Covid testing on premises for a return trip to the USA, do you know?
I’m not sure, but there are a number of labs in town you can get tested at. You could call a taxi and just tell them you want to go get tested and they’ll take you somewhere. It’s around $30-$40 for an antigen test and you’ll get the results in about an hour.
Thank you so much for this website and keeping it so up to date! Because of you I just booked a ticket to Cancun this december. Now I’m going to find and book some nice places to stay. I will refer to tips on your site 🙂
Keep up the good work!
Esther from NL
Thanks Esther, happy you like the site!
Hi, how come there is still curfew when they switched back to yellow?
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.
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.
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!
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.
There are no quarantine requirements in Mexico.
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?
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!
I am supposed to go in October with my 8 and 10 year old but they’re obviously not vaccinated. Is that recommended?
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!
Are resorts requiring employees be vaccinated?
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
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?
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.
Any news on potentially lifting the curfew now that Northern Quintana Roo will be moving into the yellow zone?
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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! 🙂
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?
This was the most recent government lab list though it’s a bit old. https://sedeturqroo.gob.mx/ARCHIVOS/TABLA-1-C19-ING.pdf I would suggest trying a few of the websites on here. Good luck!
Were you able find a place to take a PCR? Where?
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?
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!
Thanks so much Daniel! This makes me feel much better. Looking forward to it 🙂
Happy to help!
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 .
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!
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.
These people update their sargassum seaweed map weekly. https://www.facebook.com/RedSargazo/ Looking pretty good this week in Playa according to this map! I’m over in Cozumel where there is almost no seaweed on the west side.
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?
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.
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?
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!
Coming to Sun Palace in the next few weeks anything I need to know
Just the stuff I’ve written about above. Have a wonderful trip!
What is needed to enter Cancun right now?
Nothing is required. I’d suggest bringing a swimsuit and some flip-flops. Everything else is optional 🙂
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
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.
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?
Hey Angie, that is really up to the resort. You should speak to them about their policies and definitely consider getting travel insurance here.
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.
They can do rapid antigen tests in the Cancun airport as outlined above. Good luck!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
Is it still true that bars and clubs close at 11:00PM in Cancun/Tulum? Trying to plan a trip there
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
Can you please tell me if a curfew of around 6pm was enforced recently in Cancun?
Never heard of that. Curfew is midnight in Quintana Roo.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!
Thanks Daniel!! VERY much appreciated. Stay safe, and thanks for providing thousands of us with info and updates!!!!
Happy to help Robbie! Enjoy your trip!
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.
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.
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?
Hey Katie! You do not need a test coming from the US. Only when you are returning to America FROM Mexico.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
Thanks for your quick response!
We will just see and make it a great and safe trip.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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…
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!
I am wondering whether there are any restriction to enter bars and restaurants such as negative tests? I am looking to travel to Cancun at the end of March so I am hoping it will be better by then, but what do you think?
I appreciate your help and I love your site!
Hey Stella. There are no restrictions to enter bars or restaurants. Many will take your temperature at the door and offer you hand sanitizer, but that about it. Have fun!
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?
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!
Are clubs currently opened? Do beach parties still take place?
Some clubs are open with a curfew in certain locations. As for beach parties, I’m not sure.
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.
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.
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?
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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.
Have a wonderful time! And be sure to check out all the wonderful visitor’s guides, hotel guides, restaurant guides and more here at Island Life Mexico!
Is there a curfew in place in Cancun?
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.
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?
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.
What about the restaurants? Is it all open? You have to make a reservation? We are going in a few weeks.. 🙂
Restaurants are open at 60% capacity everywhere! Enjoy! Reservations are only needed at restaurants that typically would require reservations.
Are the staff at the resorts fully vaccinated.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks for the great info so currently in Cancun all hotels are operating at 50 percent ?
Yes, they are. Try to book ahead as things are filling up fast with the reduced rooms available.
How safe is it to go to the Royal Hacienda in Playa Del Carmen currently ?
The hotels are doing a wonderful job with Covid protocols. Exercise normal Covid cautions and you should have a wonderful time.
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!
Happy to help!
ARE THE SWIM UP BARS OPEN IN RIVIERA MAYA AT THE RESORTS?
Most of them are, yes.
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.
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.
Thanks for the helpful information! Much appreciated.
Hi Daniel I’m travelling to cancun on the 17 Jan 2022 I believe its changed to yellow but are the bars and coco bongos still open thanks
It has changed to yellow indeed, but bars and Coco Bongo are still open as far as I’ve heard. Pretty much everything is still as it was under GREEN.