After Cancun partially reopened its doors to tourists, other Mexican destinations followed suit. There has been a lot of expectation ever since. That’s why we put together a list of the most important June travel updates for Mexico.

It is a controversial topic, but we will not judge here. It is up to each one of us whether we would like to travel under these circumstances or wait until it gets better. We have to understand that tourism is one of the largest industries in Mexico, and the current pandemic has wreaked havoc on it.

Well, enough of that. We mentioned that other destinations started to reopen in the last few days. Which ones opened and under what restrictions? I will present you with the information I found on social media, online, as well as firsthand information. If you would like to know more, keep on reading.

 

Covid-19 Scale

In the last post, we mentioned the Covid-19 scale, used by the Mexican government to decide which activities should resume and which ones should wait. There are four colors with red being the highest risk level and green the lowest risk.

Last week, all of Mexico was in red except for Cancun. However, as of June 15, 16 out of the 32 states were placed in orange, which means the risk is still high, but it is allowed to resume essential activities and some non-essential activities under strict restrictions. 

We have to keep in mind the situation is constantly changing, and the fact that a state is in orange does not mean it will not go back to red. The same applies to the rest of the colors. They can go up or down anytime depending on the situation.

The states currently in orange are:

  • Nuevo Leon
    Mexico map showing covid-19 cases
    Courtesy: https://coronavirus.gob.mx/
  • Quintana Roo
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Tabasco
  • Tamaulipas
  • Yucatan
  • Zacatecas
  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja California Sur
  • Campeche
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Durango 
  • Guanajuato
  • Jalisco 
  • Michoacan

Mexico City is still in red but it is expected it will be downgraded to orange next week.

Restrictions for States in Orange

As we mentioned earlier, there are several restrictions in place for both essential and non-essential activities. In this case, we will focus on non-essential activities since tourism falls under this category.

Hand signaling to stopSome of the key points we can mention are:

  • Hotel occupancy of up to 50%, including common areas.
  • Restaurants and cafes are also allowed to operate up to 50% of their capacity, paying special attention to cleaning practices and social distancing.
  • All sporting events will be played behind closed doors.
  • Gyms, spas, and similar businesses can operate up to 50% of their capacity, but a previous appointment will be needed.
  • Theaters, movie theaters, museums, and other cultural events with a capacity of 500 people or less will be allowed to operate at 25%.
  • Shopping centers and malls are allowed to operate at 25%.

Keep in mind the fact that businesses are allowed to operate at a limited capacity does not mean you will find them all open. There have been reported cases from places like Cancun where several businesses decided to reopen until it was economically viable for them to do so. They have mentioned that operating at 25% or even 50% is not profitable for them. 

 

Which Destinations Are Open?

This is the $64,000 question, isn’t it? Well, we all know that beaches are some of the most sought-after destinations in Mexico. Besides Cancun, there are a couple of states that reopened their doors to tourists last June 15: Baja California Sur and Jalisco. Do they ring a bell?

These two states are some of the most visited by national and international tourists alike. In the case of Baja California Sur, it includes Los Cabos, or Cabo, as Americans know it. The state government allowed the reopening of all beaches and the reactivation of the tourism industry. The bad news is that beaches, restaurants, and hotels will be allowed to operate at 30% only. The reopening will be phased and will follow directions from the state and federal governments.

The government of Jalisco followed similar guidelines. Even though the reactivation of the economy started on June 1, the beaches were not reopened until June 15. Just like Baja California Sur, there is also a 30% capacity limit to operate. 

Speaking of Jalisco, the government also allowed the reopening of three of its pueblos mágicos (magical towns), more specifically, San Sebastian del Oeste, Mascota, and Talpa de Allende. Magical towns are another important part of the Mexican tourism industry.

Another magical town that reopened recently is Real de Catorce in San Luis Potosi. The rest of magical towns are still on standby, but it is expected they will gradually reopen in the next few weeks.

 

What About Other Cities?

Lake at Chapultepec Park
Bosque de Chapultepec was one of the parks allowed to reopen in Mexico City.

States and cities are taking their own decisions regarding the reopening of different attractions. In the case of Mexico City, for instance, some parks were allowed to reopen earlier this month. Other than wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, new regulations vary between the different parks. These are some of the new rules:

Bosque de Chapultepec. 

  • It can only operate at a 30% capacity. 
  • Physical activity such as walking, jogging, and running is allowed.
  • No group exercise is allowed.
  • There will be special hours for visitors. From 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. only people working out will be allowed. The  10 a.m. – 12 p.m. time slot is reserved for elders and vulnerable people, while the 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. time slot is for kids accompanied by an adult.
  • No picnics, parties, or large gatherings allowed.
  • The playgrounds will be closed.
  • 1.5-hour stay.

Bosque de Tlalpan.

  • Only one access point will be open.
  • Allowed to operate at a 30% capacity.
  • Physical activity such as walking, jogging, and running is allowed.
  •  No use of water fountains allowed.

Parque Bicentenario.

  • Face mask use is mandatory.
  • Allowed to operate at a 30% capacity.
  • No group exercise allowed.
  • Playgrounds, benches, and fields will be closed.

Bosque de San Juan Aragon.

  • Only one access point will be open.
  • Allowed to operate at a 30% capacity.
  • No group exercise is allowed.
  • One-way lanes.
  • Some areas are off-limits, so make sure to check any signs in the area.
Parque Fundidora with the Cerro de la Silla in the background.
Parque Fundidora will only operate at 10%.

In other cities like Monterrey, the government allowed the reopening of its parks under certain restrictions. These are the key points:

  • Chipinque will only allow visitors that bought their tickets online. That means no walk-ins will be accepted. Visitors will be allowed to access every 30 minutes starting at 7 a.m. The park closes at 5 p.m.
  • The Cerro de la Silla will also have special working hours. There will be two time slots: one from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and another one from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. No kids or elders will be allowed.
  • Parque Fundidora will only operate at a 10% capacity. All common areas such as workout stations and playgrounds will be closed.
  • The Huasteca will only operate between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

 

Extension of U.S.-Mexico Border Closure

Since March 21, the governments of both countries decided to close their borders and restrict travel to activities deemed as essential. However, the closure has been extended twice already. This time it was supposed to expire on June 22, but as expected, it was further extended. The new tentative date is July 21, but it should not surprise us if they announce a fourth extension. We will have to wait and see what happens.

 

Wrap-Up

Mexico is slowly moving toward the reactivation of its economy. Many countries rely heavily on tourism and have started a phased reopening. Mexico is no exception. In early June, it started reopening some destinations and it will continue but will depend on the instructions received from the local and federal governments.

All destinations have implemented similar measures such as limited capacity, more frequent cleaning and disinfecting, enforcing social distancing, and wearing face masks. Some have gone as far as altering business hours and prohibiting access to kids and elders.

Nobody knows what will happen. Only time will tell. The one thing we can be sure of is, the success or failure of all the preventative measures will depend not only on the government and businesses but on us as well.

I’d love to read your thoughts below. Are you planning to travel any time soon or will you wait some more? See you soon!

June Travel Updates for Mexico

 

6 Replies to “June Travel Updates for Mexico”

  1. Thanks for the update Enrique. We were actually planning a vacation trip to Mexico next year so its nice to see that they are slowing coming out of the current pandemic challenges. With the economy so heavily reliant on the tourism trade and the US / Mexico boarder still closed, are you getting a feel for the extent that some businesses will simply not open – financially damaged beyond repair with the closure? That will of course continue to be a challenge until things fully normalise but I wonder to what extent they will be able to recover. I’d welcome your insights?

    Thanks – Jason.

    1. Hi, Jason,

      Glad you found this useful.

      You made an important observation. Unfortunately, many businesses have gone broke over the last few months. It will continue. The recovery will be slow, but we’re optimistic about the economic reactivation. Airlines, hotels, travel agencies, and other businesses will have to think of new strategies to face the situation in the meantime. Some people will not travel until late this year or even next year as they don’t feel confident given the circumstances. It will be a big challenge for the travel industry indeed.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. I am so glad I came across your post about the COVID update for traveling to Mexico!  My boyfriend is suppose to be heading on a work trip to Cancun end of July and we were just talking about it last night that he may cancel due to the spike in cases recently.  Do you have any information regarding the Cancun area?  I am saving your link to share this with him.  Thanks for providing such an important update to your readers especially for those who live there or who may be traveling to Mexico!

    1. Hi, Lindsey,

      Glad you found this useful.

      Answering your question, Cancun is currently in orange, which means the risk is still high. However, Cancun has been very cautious in its reopening. Around 5,000 businesses got certified by international health authorities, indicating they’re following a strict set of guidelines to protect their clients. You can check out the article here.

      There are still two things to consider:

      1. Even though businesses have been allowed to reopen under certain restrictions, several decided to wait.

      2. Air travel is allowed, but airlines have been canceling flights these weeks. I’ve been monitoring the situation in several travel forums, and many people have complained about this. 

      If your boyfriend can reschedule his trip and he would prefer to do so, I recommend he do it.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. How do things look for early July around July 4th for Cancun, Riviera Maya? My wife and I have a trip planned at an All-inclusive. How safe are All-Inclusive places?

    1. Hi, George,

      The area reopened a couple of weeks ago. There are several restrictions in place, but you can still visit. You can check out this post.

      Answering your question, all-inclusives are probably your best bet if you’re concerned about the situation but still want to travel. Many businesses in Cancun were certified by international health authorities. They have stepped up their game to provide a safe environment for their visitors.

      Enjoy your trip!

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