Travel information changes constantly, especially these days. New closures, travel bans, restrictions…we’ve all become familiar with them. Each country has its own problems. Governments are dealing with extreme uncertainty. The travel industry is in total chaos. It’s hard for both governments and private companies to make decisions during these times.

What has changed in the last few weeks? Have there been any improvements? Can we travel to Mexico? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Today we will share with you the latest Mexico travel updates for August 2020.

Before proceeding, I’d like to remind you that we constantly upload content about travel to Mexico. You can also follow us on social media for travel updates. Okay, without much further ado, let’s get started!

Campeche: A Ray of Hope

Bridge crossing the ocean.
Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche.

Let’s start off with some good news. Even though Mexico has the world’s third-largest coronavirus death toll (only surpassed by Brazil and the U.S.), the number of cases has diminished recently. The trend indicates a steady decline in the last six weeks. For the first time since the pandemic started, the number of sick people is less than the number of people recovering.

The Mexican government established a COVID-19 scale, which is updated every week. This week, for the first time, a state reached yellow (moderate risk): Campeche. This state located in the Yucatan Peninsula has been more effective than others in containing the spread of the virus.

For the same reason, Campeche was granted the Travel Safety Stamp by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council). This stamp or certification is only given to governments and businesses that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols. In other words, it’s safe to visit those places.

As of this week, it’s now possible to visit several attractions that were closed in Campeche like the Miguel Colorado cenote, the Calakmul natural reserve, and the various parks, plazas, museums, and beaches. The state has a lot to offer for those interested in ecotourism. Archaeological sites will remain closed until further notice, but we’re optimistic about their reopening soon.

Playa del Carmen Reopens Its Beaches

Sea wall in Playa del Carmen.
Playa del Carmen port.

Playa del Carmen, one of Mexico’s most visited destinations along with Cancun, will conduct a test as of today, August 20. The municipal government announced a few days ago that it would temporarily reopen three beaches: Punta Esmeralda, Playa 88, and Xcalacoco. The test will be in effect August 20-30 and will be closely monitored. Similar tests have been done in destinations like Los Cabos.

All of the beaches in the state of Quintana Roo have been closed to the general public for months. Only hotel and resort guests are given access, but that might change in Playa del Carmen. Depending on the test results, Playa del Carmen might become the first municipality to allow locals on its beaches.

The beaches will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Face masks won’t be mandatory, but they’re encouraged. Food and drinks are prohibited as well as sports. Umbrellas will be limited to groups of four people. There will also be temperature checkpoints at the entrance.

Archaeological Sites Might Reopen in Quintana Roo

People climbing a pyramid in Coba, Mexico.
Pyramid in Coba.

Other sites that have been closed since the pandemic struck are archaeological sites. The state hosts 13 archaeological sites. Some of them receive a high number of visitors each year. Such is the case of Tulum and Coba.

After a five-month hiatus, the state might reopen four of them in late August. The executive director of INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) announced the possible reopening of Tulum, Coba, Muyil, and San Gervasio. The reopening would be gradual, and there would be strict guidelines in place.

The rest of the archaeological sites would reopen during the second phase of the plan, but there is no date for that yet.

Shark Warning in Los Cabos

Shark swimming in the ocean.

Earlier this month, the local authorities of Los Cabos issued a shark warning to bathers after some fishermen reported sharks off La Ribera. One of them said a shark stole part of his catch. This prompted authorities to issue a warning and close the beach temporarily.

The only shark attacks registered in the area date back to 2005 and 2008. However, experts explained that the population of various marine species has grown significantly in the last few months due to the decline in human activity. This, in turn, attracts more sharks to the beaches.

The beach was reopened the following day, but authorities advised caution nonetheless.

Interjet in Trouble

Gavel on top of a block.

As we all know, airlines have been hit hard by the current health crisis. The Mexican airline Interjet is no exception. Interjet has been struggling financially since last year. Many flights were either delayed or canceled, apparently due to being short-staffed. There were even rumors about rival Aeromexico sabotaging it.

Unfortunately, that’s not all. The straw that broke the camel’s back happened earlier this month when a group of 900+ dissatisfied customers filed a lawsuit against the airline due to the high number of flight cancellations.

This only added to the legal and economic woes of the airline. Experts fear the airline might declare bankruptcy in the next few months. Interjet denies it, but there is every reason to believe it might happen.

US State Department Updates Travel Advisory for Mexico

Red check mark.The U.S. government updated its travel advisory on August 6. During the last few months, Mexico was under Level 4: Do not travel. This was due mainly to the health crisis.

However, the U.S. government now issues advice for individual states taking several factors into consideration. Some destinations like Baja California, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, and Quintana Roo fall now under Level 2: Exercise increased caution.

This is good to know for several reasons, but one you should especially consider is that travel insurance does not apply when there is a Level 4 travel advisory in effect. You still have to check your company’s policies to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

The bad news is that the border closure between Mexico and the U.S. was extended through September 21. The travel ban has been renewed monthly since March. Air travel is still allowed, but you can’t cross the border by land unless it’s something essential.

Conclusion

Even though we are still living in uncertain, critical times, this month has been exciting. We have heard of encouraging news like the reopening of Campeche and the decline in COVID-19 cases in Mexico. We’re also optimistic about the reopening of archaeological sites since they’re some of the most popular attractions in Mexico.

For many of you, especially American travelers, the only option to visit Mexico is by flying. Airlines have been struggling a lot and will continue to do so for some time. As we saw with Interjet, many either went bankrupt or are close to it. There are many economic challenges to overcome.

Well, that’s all for today. Don’t forget to visit us regularly for more tips and info on travel to Mexico. See you soon!

Mexico Travel Updates August 2020
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4 Replies to “Mexico Travel Updates – August 2020”

  1. It is true that the travel industry got hit hard when Covid-19 hit all of us everywhere. People planning to travel had to cancel plans or their travel plans got canceled for them by airlines. Some people even got stranded where they were and couldn’t get home. for a long time. I myself have had my booked flight canceled by the airline. I wasn’t happy about it. Not only one trip but two different ones to different locations. They didn’t reimburse me but instead gave me credit to use within one year.

    It looks like things are opening back up for tourism now with some guidelines. People look to be booking flights again and flying. Mexican Government seems to have stepped up to ensure people have a safe environment against covid-19 when going to parks, museums and beaches. It looks like the numbers are coming down.

    It looks like we still have closed borders for now though. We will just have to keep watching to see when it is officially open for driving there to visit but your articles states that we can fly into Mexico. That is good.

    1. Hi, Terri,

      Oh, no! Sorry to hear. Unfortunately, many airlines are doing just that. They don’t reimburse anything unless you bought the most expensive tickets.

      Several Mexican destinations started to reopen in June. Some places have fared with the virus more effectively than others, but overall, it seems the numbers are finally going down.

      It’s not possible to travel by land these days, but you can fly. Mexico is one of the few countries allowing Americans in its territory.

      Feel free to check my other articles for more info and tips on travel to Mexico. Thanks for commenting.

  2. There are several considerations to make if you want to travel, no matter where you want to go in the world. What is a light in the tunnel is that the COVID-19 numbers are in decline in several interesting travel destinations, also in Mexico. As such there may be an opening to travel to certain places in Mexico. My interest would be the ancient archeological sites, as I am an archaeological nerd. 

    The article you have written has very sound advice, both in terms of travel restrictions and insurance coverage. The risk of increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases if you decide to travel is quite high. And you have addressed this well in the article.

    -Roy-

    1. Hi, Roy,

      I totally agree with you. We need to be careful if we don’t want to go back to square one. The numbers are still high, but statistics indicate a downward trend. 

      I love archaeological sites too! They’re all closed nationwide, but we’re optimistic about their reopening especially in Campeche and Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula.

      Your comment is much appreciated. Feel free to check out my other articles for more info and tips on travel to Mexico. Thanks for commenting.

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