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Mexico remains open to tourists and also US-border might reopen soon

Mexico is open for tourism without testing or quarantine requirements. All countries are welcome to enter, including U.K. travelers.

Most of the country is under yellow threat level which is quite good for tourists, and even some states have made it to green.

To overcome the logistical and economic challenges of the pandemic, the Mexican government has updated its “Traffic Light” strategy which gives us all a clear understanding of which States and cities are best to visit for tourism.

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May 3 – Mexico-US land border might reopen soon

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated the Mexico-U.S. border should be completely reopened soon after more than a year of closure.

“The opening of the borders will occur soon, completely,” Lopez Obrador said at a conference.

“From a public health standpoint, having rapid tests conducted before allowing entry into the U.S. from international destinations would be ideal,” […] “This would be similar to what is being done at the airports.” Said Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Treviño.

The Foreign Relations Ministry stated that given the reduction on local transmissions and deaths, the reopening seems to be possible.

For its part, the U.S. have not officially replied yet. 

April 17 – Mexican’s northern and southern land borders continue to be close, although the pandemic figures are getting better

Mexico’s northern and southern land borders will continue to be closed until, at least, April 12. But, since the U.S. and other neighboring countries haven’t developed a reopening plan, it’s very likely these will remain closed for a longer time. 

According to the Mexican government, the pandemic figures have improved compared with the previous report. As of today, only 5 states are in “orange”, 19 in “yellow” and 8 in “green.” This has allowed them to reopen more business and at a bigger capacity.

However, the government also said they will be monitoring the increased mobility to determine if they need to change the risk level in each of the states. 

April 1

The Ministry of Health has reported that from March 29 to April 11, no a Mexican state will be red-coded. As of today, 18 states are in yellow and 7 others in green. However, the epidemiology measures established by local authorities to contain the spread of the infections will continue specially during the holidays.

The lowest risk states to visit in Mexico now are Coahuila, Chiapas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Campeche. On the other side, the highest risk states are Mexico city, Mexico State, Queretaro, Hidalgo Puebla, Yucatan y Chihuahua.

March 18

The U.S. government has announced today that it will be sending 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico to help control the spread of the virus in its neighboring country and also to try to contain the number of migrants trying to illegally cross the closed land borders. 

So far, the country has been able to administer 1 dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to 3,9 million people out of 117 million inhabitants. 

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February 18

Baja California, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Sonora, Campeche, and Durango States are all under yellow in the Federal traffic light system.

Land borders with the U.S. are for essential traveling only. All visiting tourists must arrive by air. (Source)

The country’s epidemiological situation remains concerning and vaccination campaigns advance slowly. To date, 1,6 million doses have been administered.

January 8 – Mexico remains open for tourism without testing or quarantine

Despite multiple CDC travel warnings and worsening COVID situation, Mexico remains open for tourism without almost no entry restrictions.

Cancun has become one of the most popular destinations to visit with over 6.4 million travelers during the pandemic.

Is Mexico open to American tourists?

Mexico is open to American visitors with no negative COVID-19 test or quarantine restrictions. However, visitors should keep in mind that they can only access the country via air travel. Land borders will remain closed until further notice.  

Which countries are allowed to travel to Mexico?

All countries (including US citizens) are allowed to travel to Mexico. No COVID test, quarantine, or insurance is required but visitors should definitely consider insurance that covers COVID.

Latest update of Mexico’s traffic light map


In green zones, there is a “new normal” approach with most businesses open and a sense of normalcy on the streets.

  • Students are back to school.
  • Reopening of non-essential recreational and public spaces.
  • The State has reached the “new normal” way of living.


Yellow zones are those “testing the waters” after more severe lockdowns. Measures are lifted and if no outbreaks follow they transition to green zones.

  • Non-essential activities restart.
  • Reopening of closed public spaces.
  • All work activities are allowed.


Orange zones are still epidemiologically dangerous. Self-care and awareness are highly advisable and government measures are still enforced.

  • Hotels, restaurants, barbershops, open-air parks, and gyms are open at a 50% percent capacity.  
  • Markets and supermarkets are open at 75% capacity.
  • Shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events are allowed at 25% percent capacity.


Red zones are in complete lockdown. There are restrictions to movement within the zone and with other color zones.

  • Only essential activities are allowed. 
  • Public spaces remain closed.
  • People considered “at-risk” will experience mobility restrictions.
  • Schools and sports facilities remain closed.

Which states of Mexico are already open to tourism?

Mexico is not opening its country in one major swoop. Instead, it’s opening them piece by piece.

For example, certain states in Mexico are open to tourism and actually have never been closed. One such example is the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which is home to popular tourist places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, etc. That state has been open to tourists since June.

Is the land border between Mexico and the USA open?

Land border between Mexico and the USA reopening

The US-Mexico land border closure was again extended until April 21, 2021.

Essential travel between the two countries is still allowed.

At the moment, there are no air restrictions between the United States and Mexico. This means that citizens are able to fly back and forth between the two countries.

Additional screening measures remain in place at the borders of both countries, and travelers should prepare themselves to spend additional time at any airport or border crossing.

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Mexico?

As of May 3, Mexico has reported 2,348,873 positive cases, and 217,233 people have lost their lives to the virus.

What is even more concerning about the course of the disease in Mexico is that it seems to have peaked later -and harder- than in many other countries.

What’s open in Mexico?

Mexico remains open for tourism

Mexico, like the United States, has a federal system of government. It is made up of 31 states and the Capital of Mexico City. These different states have varying degrees of power and autonomy.

However, their epidemiology Traffic Light System gives visitors a clear understanding of what states are open for tourism and what can be done for fun in each of them.