Have a outing to Mexico entrance up? The CDC says we should cancel

As a universe sealed around us, Mexico fast became a renouned prohibited mark for U.S. adults seeking a remit from COVID-19 (and a policies) in a United States.

With a vicinity to a U.S., inexpensive flights and messy entrance requirements, Americans flooded renouned destinations like Cancun, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City.

However, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated a recommendation for transport to Mexico in light of a worsening tellurian health crisis.

We’ll mangle down a advisory change and what we need to know if we have transport to Mexico booked. This beam will be updated as some-more information becomes available.

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CDC advisory

The CDC has now assigned Mexico a Level 4 “very high” COVID-19 nomination and pronounced that “all travel” to a nation should be avoided.

The CDC recommends that travelers who still devise to transport to Mexico should get tested for coronavirus one to 3 days before transport to Mexico and again one to 3 days before depart behind to a U.S. Upon relapse to a U.S., a CDC recommends another exam 3 to 5 days after travel. The CDC also recommends that we stay home for 7 days after travel, or for a full 10 days if we don’t get tested.

The coronavirus pestilence in Mexico

More than 100,000 people have died in Mexico given a start of a pandemic, trailing customarily behind a U.S., Brazil and India. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, a nation recently crossed a grave threshold of some-more than 1 million certain cases.

“The series of boost in cases and deaths in Mexico is really worrisome,” WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pronounced on Monday, according to Reuters. “This shows Mexico is in bad shape.” The WHO confirmed some-more than 11,000 new cases of a novel coronavirus on Dec. 3.

Related: Guide to where we can get a COVID-19 exam for travel

Traveling to Mexico

An American Airlines staffer waits for business during a Benito Juarez International airport, in Mexico City, on May 20, 2020. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP around Getty Images)

To be clear, Mexico is not an outlier in this situation.

The CDC added “do not travel” advisories to dozens of countries around a world, including Greece, Liechtenstein and Chile.

But maybe no nation has been visited some-more by U.S. adults during a pestilence than Mexico, and with winter coming, a contingency are high a trend could continue.

A news from Airlines for America found that Mexico was a “clear leader” in general transport in October, and a bulk of those travelers were U.S. citizens. Even during a summer months, U.S. airlines scheduled thousands of flights to a country, according to information supposing by Cirium.

Recently, a mayor of Austin, Texas, was criticized after vacationing in Cabo San Lucas even as he urged residents to stay home.

While some travelers we spoke to still designed to transport to Mexico, several contend a CDC’s warning has spooked them.

“When we saw a CDC recommendation, we discussed with my son and youngest daughter and we concluded it is best to cancel,” pronounced TPG reader Kelly S.

“We could be screwed totally if one of us engaged [COVID-19] while in Mexico, or if a borders unexpected closed, we wouldn’t be means to get home,” she said. “It’s an capricious time, and being in a sanatorium in Mexico where word wouldn’t cover it — or stranded in Mexico if borders sealed — were sobering thoughts.”

Things to know

Am we compulsory to self-quarantine in Mexico?

Where some U.S. states and foreign countries need during slightest a disastrous COVID-19 PCR or fast exam taken within a set duration (usually 72 hours) or self-quarantine, Mexico requires nothing of that. Travelers to Mexico are not required to self-quarantine or uncover explanation of a disastrous COVID-19 exam on attainment into a nation though competence be theme to health screenings during airports and other points of entry.

Related: When will general transport return? A country-by-country beam to coronavirus recovery

What’s open?

(Photo by Cristian Leyva/NurPhoto around Getty Images)

The Mexican supervision uses a “stoplight” complement to establish what’s open and sealed in a states.

The 4 metrics to establish a colors (green, yellow, orange and red) are a trend in numbers of new cases, sanatorium occupancy trends, stream sanatorium occupancy rates and commission of certain cases. According to a State Department, a whole state will be designated red if one indicator is red.

Fourteen states, including Mexico City and Baja California, are handling underneath “orange” conditions by Dec. 9. This means that hotels and restaurants are capped during 50% ability while supermarkets will work during 75% capacity. Malls, theaters and museums are singular to 25% capacity.

Fourteen states, including Oaxaca and Quintana Roo, are handling underneath a “yellow” designation. Public space is open, while enclosed open spaces can open with reduced capacity. Just dual states — Campeche and Chiapas — are handling underneath a “green” designation.

Mask use is required, and some municipalities have instituted a curfew. Finally, Mexico City has compulsory businesses to exercise QR codes that can snippet and hit business if they’ve been in hit with someone who has a virus.

What should we do if we have a outing planned?

Pay tighten courtesy to cancellation and rebooking policies. Many airlines concede new tickets to be altered or canceled for no fee. If rebooking, we competence need to compensate a disproportion between a strange transport paid and a new fare. If we cancel, you’ll typically get moody credit that can be put toward a new reservation within a set duration of time.

But distinct airlineshotels and home rentals competence not be as stretchable with changes. As we reported progressing this fall, many vital bondage let their policies relapse during a finish of September. New nonrefundable or prepaid bookings done with HiltonMarriott and IHG, among other vital chains, competence be theme to a common terms and conditions.

It appears that a sole difference is Hyatt. Most reservations requisitioned after Jul 1 for attainment dates by Jul 31, 2021, can be canceled during no assign adult to 24 hours before arrival.

Is my airline restraint center seats?

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

An empty chair is no longer a guarantee on many U.S. airlines that fly to Mexico (or anywhere else, for that matter). That means holiday travelers on many airlines won’t find dull center seats and could potentially face totally sole out jets.

The sole difference is Delta Air Lines. Economy cabins won’t be requisitioned above 70% ability on any aircraft that Delta flies by during slightest Mar 31, 2021.

Even if we do confirm to transport to Mexico, design a swarming airport, generally on rise transport dates. Last month, travelers reported prolonged lines with small throng control during renouned gateway destinations such as Cancun (CUN).

Related: Which US airlines are restraint center seats?

Bottom line

As cases, hospitalizations and deaths spike in Mexico, travelers competence confirm to rethink winter trips to a country.

While a CDC has urged passengers to generally equivocate low travel, this new nomination is a strongest denunciation a group has used nonetheless about Mexico in new months.

But notwithstanding a warnings, some travelers we spoke to pronounced their trips were still on.

“The customarily thing that competence change is people who were on a blockade about roving to Mexico competence give it a second suspicion now that a CDC has stepped in,” pronounced Meagan Drillinger, a Mexico match for Travel Weekly and a TPG contributor.

“But, there’s a vast infancy of travelers who will continue to go.”

Featured print by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

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