On March 11th, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus to be a global pandemic. Since then, countries across Europe and the Americas have been implementing extraordinary measures in response to the outbreak.
This article summarizes what is happening in Mexico and provides links to official sources of information for more details:
Article Reviewed/Updated: June 18th, 2020
Summary of latest developments:
- Mexico’s airports and sea ports remain open; however;
- the US and Mexico have agreed to prohibit all but “essential crossings” at the land border until at least July 21, 2020—and the US State Department has advised all its citizens not to travel abroad;
- on March 30th, Mexico’s government declared a ‘health emergency’ and asked everyone to stay at home until April 30th; on April 16th, this order was extended to May 30th
- on May 13th, the federal government announced a 3-stage plan to reopen the economy:
- Stage 1: beginning May 18th, some activities will resume in municipalities which have no infections and no infections in municipalities immediately neighboring them;
- Stage 2: between May 18th and May 31st, preparations will be made for the aperture of construction, mining, and manufacturing businesses;
- Stage 3: from June 1, a ‘traffic light’ system (Red, Orange, Yellow and Green) will be announced that determines how regions will begin to reopen social, educational and economic activities.
- States and municipalities will determine how and when they restart social, educational, and economic activities. For example, this is Mexico City’s outline plan:
- From June 1st, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and moving services may resume, provided they adhere to ‘social distancing’ rules;
- From June 15th, restaurants, department stores, (operating at only 1/3rd of their full capacity), professional services, theaters and cinemas, sporting events (with no live spectators), medical services, and public-facing government offices may resume activities;
- From August, some schools might return, and workers in corporate offices may be allowed to return to their workplaces; government offices which are not public-facing may also return to work this month;
- From September, schools and universities may return to classes on-campus, bars and nightclubs might be allowed to reopen, gymnasiums and massage services might also resume;
- Universal measures during this time include ‘social distancing’ rules, public transport being methodically sanitized, companies asked to keep workers at home where it’s feasible to do so and to stagger work-day schedules at factories and offices; public parks and shopping centers/malls will only be allowed to host 25% of their full capacity.
- Mexican Tourism will return gradually. States and destinations that rely on tourists are setting-out phased plans to reopen leisure services in the months ahead. A modest flow of domestic tourism is anticipated to resume this summer and it’s expected that international tourism will take longer to return. States and regions are still working out the details of how hotels, restaurants and other leisure activities can reopen. Mexico’s international tourism fair, Tianguis, has been rescheduled to spring 2021.
- if you intend to visit Mexico this year we recommend you contact your tour operator or your hotel(s) if you’re traveling independently to ask them about the current status of travel restrictions and services in the region(s) you plan to visit;
- if you are currently in Mexico under the auspice of a Visitor permit; or have a residency visa or card that is about to expire, this article offers practical advice about what to do.
- Mexican consulates abroad are gradually reopening to provide services; if you are in the throes of requesting any services through a Mexican consulate abroad: including a visa, residency permit, or menaje de casa, you should expect delays;
- most of Mexico’s Federal Government offices suspended operations on Thursday March 26. Some may begin to reopen by mid-June, but full opening is not expected anytime before August;
- the issuance and renewal of Mexican passports was suspended on March 27th; passport-issuance services resumed in June on a limited basis and anyone expecting to acquire or renew a Mexican passport should expect delays;
- Mexico’s soccer league has cancelled the remainder of the current —2020— Ascenso tournament without a champion due to the Coronavirus
- continuous updates are available from this official government portal: coronavirus.gob.mx;
- see also: tips for staying healthy while visiting or living in Mexico.
What travel companies and tour operators are doing to help:
- travel companies and tour agencies are temporarily waiving non-refundable deposits on bookings wherever possible
- they’re also allowing booked customers to postpone or change travel dates with minimal or no change fees
- some companies and agencies are offering a full credit on cancellations, allowing their customers to re-book at some future date using the credit on account
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