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Mexico and the Coronavirus Covid‑19 (Updated)

On March 11th, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus to be a global pandemic. This article summarizes what is happening in Mexico.

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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:

Last Updated: March 27th, 2020

Summary of latest developments:

  • there are currently no official travel restrictions within Mexico and no ports have been closed; however;
  • the US and Mexico have imposed travel “restrictions” at the land border and the US State Department has advised all its citizens not to travel abroad;
  • as other countries’ official government bulletins advise people to only travel if it’s essential, or not at all, Mexican tourism and businesses in general are experiencing a material slowdown;
  • Mexico City has ordered public meetings places to be closed: including restaurants, bars, cinemas, cultural centers and places of worship;
  • In states where some public places remain open, new measures have been implemented, e.g. limiting number of people allowed inside a store at any one time, less tables at restaurants, checking people’s temperature before they go in, etc.
  • Most of Mexico’s Federal Government offices suspended operations on Thursday March 26.  Services considered essential like health, public security, energy and border control remain active, with additional measures introduced aimed to prevent contagion;
  • On March 26th, Mexico’s president signed a decree that directs companies to allow people in ‘vulnerable groups’ to stay home until April 19.  Vulnerable groups include senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases;
  • Mexico’s ministry of education announced that all schools will close from March 20 to April 20 — effectively bringing-forward the Easter Holiday period that normally closes schools for 2 weeks;
  • On March 25th, the Mexican foreign office (equivalent of the US State Department) announced that the issuance and renewal of Mexican passports will be suspended from March 27th through April 19th;
  • Companies are asking their employees to work from home where this is feasible, causing a slowdown in some operations and reducing the number of people moving about and mustered in offices;
  • There is no forced quarantine in Mexico, but people are being asked to stay home and only go out for essential trips (e.g. food shops, medical reasons);
  • Mexican consulates abroad have sent most of their staff home to work, and are only dealing with emergency cases
  • 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;
  • Mexico’s largest annual fair, the Feria de San Marcos, scheduled to take place between April 17th and May 10th has been postponed; the state Governor of Aguascalientes announced that the fair is being rescheduled to ‘sometime in June or July’;
  • Mexico’s soccer league has been suspended and the baseball season has been delayed until at least May 2020;
  • Confirmed cases in Mexico remain relatively low, but are expected to rise.  Continuous updates are available from this official government portal: coronavirus.gob.mx

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

Tips for staying healthy while visiting or living in Mexico

  • Practice good hygiene, regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand gel
  • Use a paper tissue when you sneeze (or the inside of your elbow if you don’t have tissues), and safely dispose of any used tissue immediately afterwards
  • Keep a distance from others who show any symptoms of a cold, and if you begin to feel unwell, avoid contact with others
  • Ensure that all animal-based food products you eat are thoroughly cooked, and avoid salads and other uncooked foods unless you are sure they have been properly washed and carefully prepared

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