Traveling from the U.S. to Mexico During COVID-19
photography by Alisa Harrison
It’s been well over a year since the pandemic invaded our lives. At this point, many travelers have already made up their minds on how they feel about the COVID-19 vaccination. Over the course of this year, travel has been returning to some sense of normalcy. Regardless of your vaccination choice, it would be beneficial to be well-prepared ahead of any travel you have planned outside of the U.S. In this article, we will provide you with quick tips, along with links that will prepare you for your upcoming trip to Mexico.
Requirements to Enter Mexico
Currently, unlike some other destinations, you do not need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering Mexico. With that said, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you know your status before you board your flight. Chances are, if you test positive before you go, you will test positive before attempting to gain re-entry into the United States. Of course, at that point, it will be too late and you will be denied entry.What if I test positive in Mexico?
Quarantined. Regardless of the destination, being quarantined abroad for at least 14 days is not full of fun and adventure. Sure someone’s perspective may be, “Hey, extra time in Mexico sounds great!” However, that extra time is spent quarantined to your room. So hopefully, you booked a room with a view.
Tip: Book an accommodation that offers free COVID-19 testing. If your accommodation does not offer it, be sure to get tested at a healthcare facility within 3 days of your flight back to the U.S.
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The AMR™ Collection of resorts is known for their all-inclusive packages and provide free COVID-19 testing. They will put you up for 14 days if your test comes back positive. They have resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Greece, Jamaica, Panama, Spain, and St. Martin. If you use their accommodations, be sure to schedule your COVID-19 appointment at the time you check-in. More than likely, they will point you to their concierge desk so that you can make the appointment.
Requirements to Enter the U.S.
To re-enter the U.S., you will have to show your airline proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken no more than 3 days before your travel date. That’s the requirement regardless of whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. See VeriFly link below.
Getting You PreparedYour Airline
Your airline will have its own travel requirements and documents that you will need to fill out. Once you book your flight and receive your ticket confirmation, read all emails from your airline carefully. At least one of those emails will direct you to links with documents that you will need to fill out. It would be to your best interest to fill out all forms before your travel date. Otherwise, your travel day may become unnecessarily hectic. Tip: Print out each form if you have access to a printer.Links
Links to the immigration and customs forms you’ll need during your travel:For Mexico For the U.S.
If you have these forms printed and filled out before you travel, you’ll be more prepared than most.CDC Travelers’ Health link
VeriFly This app works in conjunction with select airlines and destinations. By completing your passenger information and inputing your coronavirus test results, you will move through airport lines more quickly. Otherwise, you will have to pull out your paper test results and stand there while the agent reads it for the test result.
Mobile Passport Control (the CBP MPC app) This app does not take the place of your physical passport; however, it can drastically cut down the amount of time you stand in the customs line after you arrive in the U.S. Look for the line labeled “Mobile Passport”.
Download the app before you leave the U.S. to make sure you have it on your phone. Before your flight back to the U.S., fill out the required information in the app. This may take a total of 3-5 minutes if you have slow moving thumbs. Once you arrive at U.S. Customs, look for the line labeled “Mobile Passport”. This line is for you. Our founder, Ms. Harrison has tried it and she avoided a 54 minute standard customs line wait and casually walked through customs via the Mobile Passport line within a matter of 5 minutes by using this app. We’d say it was well worth the download.
We hope the information in this article was helpful. Have you used any of the tips, links, or apps above? Do you have any other suggestions that would help fellow travelers? Let us know in the comments section below.