Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on January 9.
What’s on offer
Incredible food, sensational beaches, buzzing towns and historical remains. While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the bulk of visitors, those who want more than a fly and flop go for Mexico City’s cultural heft, the coastline of Baja California and traditional towns such as Oaxaca.
Who can go
Mexico has some of the loosest border restrictions, currently, with anyone allowed to travel by air for business or leisure.
What are the restrictions?
What’s the Covid situation?
Mexico had reported more than 1.5 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 132,000 deaths as of January 9 (although some believe the figure is higher). President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has come under fire for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus. Restrictions have not been far reaching and life has gone as normal for many, which critics say has led to such high death and infection rates.
What can visitors expect?
As of January 9, most states are categorized as orange, or high alert. Cancun’s state, Quintana Roo, was yellow.
Mexico City has taken more stringent measures, shutting all bars for two weeks in November in a bid to crush a growing wave of infections. Visitors are likely to find the situation different depending on where in the country they travel, with local restrictions varying.
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Joe Minihane and Julia Buckley contributed to this report