Covid-19: “Do Not Travel” remains imposed on Mexico by U.S. State Department

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

At the same time the U.S. State
Department has dropped its global “Level 4” health warning urging people not to
travel abroad it has imposed that same advisory level on Mexico, because of its
deadly epidemic of Covid-19.

Currently, Mexico has the third
highest mortality rate due to Covid-19.   
It is 10.6, the U.K. has the highest
at 11.8 and Belgium at 11.2.
The United States is at 3.0 with
a population of 330M.
A mortality rate is the percentage
of deaths resulting from the number of Covid-19 cases.
Currently, Mexico has 69K dead
with 643k cases with a population of apx 126million. 
It is prudent to state that
Mexico has a history of playing with numbers that reflect negativity on the
Images of large clusters of dug
graves in Mexico waiting for burials, have been published on social media with
the claim they are for Covid-19 corpses.
United States advisory below:
The number of confirmed and
suspected cases is still increasing daily in several regions of Mexico.  Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
State, and Coahuila currently report the highest number of active cases for the
preceding two-week period.  The states
currently reporting the highest rates of hospital occupancy are Nayarit,
Colima, Nuevo Leon, Hidalgo, and Coahuila. 
Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home
during this time.
On April 16, the Mexican
government extended nationwide restrictions on non-essential economic
activities in most municipalities. 
Schools in Mexico are closed for in-person instruction.  On June 1, the Mexican government began
phasing in non-essential economic activities in some states and municipalities
using a national “stoplight” system.  The
four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight
system are the trend in numbers of new cases, hospital occupancy trends,
current hospital occupancy rates, and percentage of positive cases.
Six states are designated “red”
under the federal stoplight system between August 17 and August 30
(Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Colima, Hidalgo, Nayarit, and
Zacatecas).  Under red, only essential
activities are allowed.  Essential
activities include: the provision of medical services and supplies, grocery
delivery services, operation of grocery stores, restaurant delivery and
carryout services, assurance of public safety, maintenance of fundamental
economic functions and government social programs, work in critical
infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing of transportation equipment.  Hotels are limited to 25 percent occupancy
for guests working on critical activities. 
Parks are also limited to 25 percent occupancy.
Twenty-five states are designated
“orange” under the federal system between August 17 and August 30 (Baja
California, Chiapas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero,
Jalisco, Mexico City, Mexico State, Morelos, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca,
Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco,
Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, and Yucatán). 
Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barber shops, open-air parks, and
gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity. 
Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity.
Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and
cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.
One state is designated “yellow”
under the federal stoplight system between August 17 and August 30
(Campeche).  Under yellow, all work
activities are permitted.  Public spaces
may open on a regular basis, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced
capacity.  All activities should be
carried out with basic prevention measures. 
People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to
take extra precautions.
Some states and municipalities
have implemented additional restrictions on public gatherings, transportation,
business operations, and government operations if health conditions warrant and
developed separate stoplight systems from those at the federal level.  Several states and municipalities have
imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities and have
required citizens to wear masks when outside their homes.  In some areas, officials may issue fines and
arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.
Please see additional information
on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local
Resources” section on our website.  This
information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice.  Please confirm directly with local government
and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in
different Mexican states and municipalities.
International commercial flight
options currently exist in Mexico, but at a reduced capacity.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the
United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless
they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate
arranging repatriation flights from Mexico to the United States at this time.
The United States and Mexico
entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the
U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Non-essential travel includes travel that is
considered tourism or recreational in nature. 
These restrictions apply to travel in both directions across the
border.  On August 14, the U.S. and
Mexican governments extended the land border travel restrictions until
September 21.  Mexican border and local
authorities are conducting enforcement actions to discourage non-essential
travel in some areas.  Please see the DHS
website or embassy fact sheet for more information.
Passengers and aircrew members
arriving at and departing from Mexican airports may be subject to health
screenings, including temperature checks. 
Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screenings
and/or asked to quarantine voluntarily. 
Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied
admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential.  We recommend that travelers carry evidence of
the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in
Mexico, if applicable.  Travelers
entering Mexico via land may be subject to temperature checks and additional
health screening.  Travelers may
experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the
United States or asked to quarantine in Mexico. 
At some U.S. ports of entry, operating hours have changed; please review
CBP’s Port of Entry wait times web page for additional information.
As of June 1, the availability of
hotel rooms and other commercial lodging, limitations on the number of guests
within a hotel, and requirements for guests to be engaged in essential business
or transit will vary depending on the state’s stoplight color designation and
local restrictions.  Individuals showing
respiratory symptoms will be referred to health authorities.  As a reminder, the U.S. government does not
pay for lodging or other expenses incurred due to travel disruptions abroad.
The Department of State issued a
Level 4 Health Advisory for Mexico on August 6, advising U.S. citizens not to
travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.  The
U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S.
citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to
certain areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.  The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to
COVID-19 on August 6.
Actions to Take:
Enroll in the Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in
an emergency.  To modify your enrollment
and subscription to alerts, you must log in to STEP.
Consult the CDC website for the
most up-to-date information, including recommendations for travelers.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
Check with your airlines, cruise
lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel
plans and/or restrictions.
Visit our Embassy webpage on
COVID-19 for information on conditions in Mexico.
Visit the Department of Homeland
Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.  Check Port of Entry wait times at the U.S.
border and visit Customs and Border Protection’s latest updates.
Learn about the latest status of
consular operations at the Embassy, Consulates, and Consular Agencies.
Call the Mexican Ministry of
Health’s COVID-19 information hotline at 800 0044 800 for local information
while in Mexico.  English-speaking
operators are often, but not always, available. 
Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.
Refer to the Ministry of Health’s
COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and
local health care resources.  It includes
contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool
that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical
care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related
to COVID-19, and advice about how to prevent the spread of the disease.  The app is available via the Mexican iOS and
Android stores.
If you or someone you know is
facing or has been a victim ofdomestic or sexual violence while in Mexico,
please call 911 for assistance or reach out to a local organization that
provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  U.S. citizens can contact the U.S. Embassy or
Consulate nearest you or the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at
1-888-407-4747 for help.  We have staff
on duty around the clock to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies.  Additional resources for victims of crime are
available on
For Emergency Assistance for U.S.
citizens in Mexico, call (55) 8526 2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the
United States.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
is located at:
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtémoc
06500, Ciudad de México
Phone:  +52-55-5080-2000
State Department – Consular
Affairs:  888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Enroll in the Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in
an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on
Facebook and Twitter.
Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico
on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety
Reports for Mexico.
Prepare a contingency plan for
emergency situations.  Review the
Traveler’s Checklist.