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Covid and travel to Mexico: What you should know now

The first and most important thing to be aware of is the following excerpt from the U.S. State Dept.’s website. 

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

You can click on the link below to get complete information.

Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry (state.gov)

What this means for you is that if you leave the country, you will not be allowed to board any flight back to the U.S. without furnishing proof of a negative Covid test within three days of your return flight.  I imagine that soon, proof of vaccination will be enough but the CDC website doesn’t mention that as of now. At this time, car travel to Mexico for vacation purposes is prohibited so flying is the only option.

Travel Insurance – You want to plan a trip.  We all do!  Planning for the distant future can be a guessing game at any time and with Covid here, nothing is certain and nothing should be taken for granted.  This is why you should consider travel insurance if you’re trying to organize a vacation.  Rather than trying to explain your options here, check out this excellent website from Smartertravel.com.  They’ve done a great job of making all the options, pitfalls, and benefits clear. Keep in mind that not all comprehensive plans cover pandemics so take your time and read the policies carefully. I can help you with this.

Travel Insurance: The Only Guide You Need | SmarterTravel

What About My Trip To Mexico? – I’ve been doing a lot of checking and top end Mexican hotels and restaurants are making a herculean effort to stay safe and keep customers protected.  Four and five star hotels are conducting complete sanitizing of the premises on a daily basis, as are top restaurants.   However, there have been some closures of restaurants, museums, and attractions due to Covid. Contact me for more information about how we can plan your vacation and book refundable hotels, tours, and restaurants.  We’ll cover your flight with travel insurance and book only refundable hotels, guides, and drivers. You can still catch the first wave of vacationers, whenever that happens.  I’m no clairvoyant but I’m feeling that we’ll see a return to travel norms within six months. I’ve already booked my next trip to Mexico for late September 2021.  And yes, I’ll have travel insurance, just in case.