Mexico began reopening for tourism back in June of this year. Well, although the country technically never closed its borders to tourists, all attractions had been closed before then. We had to wait for months to start traveling again. After all, besides being cautious, what was the point in traveling if everything was closed?

The good news is everything is starting to open back up. August and particularly, September, have been very active in this regard. That’s why today, we will discuss some important Mexico travel updates for September 2020. There have been numerous surprises, and it’s just getting better! Are you interested in learning more? Keep on reading for more information.

First State to Reach Green

Mexico map showing the level of cases.
Courtesy: Mexico Secretariat of Health.

Let’s start with some good news. Earlier this week, the Mexican government announced that one state reached the green color at the National Epidemiological Traffic Light for the first time: Campeche. This should not surprise us since it was also the first state to reach the yellow color a few weeks ago. So far, Campeche has been the state that has been most successful in keeping the virus at bay.

This Traffic Light system has four colors: red (highest risk), orange (high risk), yellow (moderate risk), and green (lowest risk). The statistics are updated every two weeks and determine the course of action to be taken. There are currently 15 states in orange and 16 in yellow. You can find more information here.

Archaeological Sites Reopen

Archaeological sites are among the most visited attractions in Mexico. Although it was rumored they would reopen in late August, it was not until September that we saw this actually happen.

The reopening has been gradual, and there are several restrictions in effect like limited occupancy and change of hours.

Some of the sites that reopened to the public are:

  • Chichén Itzá
  • Tulum
  • Cobá
    Kukulcan pyramid in Chichen Itza.
    Chichén Itzá.
  • San Gervasio
  • Cacaxtla
  • Xochitécatl
  • Teotihuacán
  • Palenque

To stay up to date with what sites are open and their restrictions, follow INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

More Museums Reopen

Mexico City, the city with the greatest number of museums in Mexico, began reopening its museums in mid-August. The reopening has been gradual but has sped up in September. Some museums that are already open are:

  • Facade of the Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato.
    Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato City.

    Museo Franz Mayer

  • Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes
  • Museo Nacional de San Carlos
  • Museo Mural Diego Rivera
  • Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo
  • Museo Soumaya
  • Museo del Tequila y Mezcal

More states followed suit this month. However, some museums are still closed in states like Jalisco and Zacatecas, so make sure to verify what’s open and what’s not before visiting. The good news is that if this downward trend continues, the rest of the museums should reopen soon.

Cancun Public Beaches Reopen

Cancun beach.
Cancun.

The hotels in Cancun were allowed to reopen in early June and along with them, the beaches in their facilities. However, only tourists staying in those hotels were given access to the beach. That meant locals and other visitors could not enter, which sparked a lot of controversy.

For two months, only tourists could go to the beach, but that changed earlier this month. On September 7, all the public beaches in Cancun reopened. They can only operate at a 60% occupancy rate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The decision to reopen stemmed from a successful experiment the government carried out a few weeks earlier. We are confident some restrictions will be lifted as time passes. Let’s not forget Cancun is one of the most visited destinations in Mexico, so it’s in their best interest to keep this destination safe.

Interjet in More Trouble

The problems for the Mexican airline Interjet don’t seem to end. Now, besides facing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit due to its increasing flight cancellations and shady reimbursement practices, the airline got in trouble with the Canadian government. Due to some problems with its liability insurance, Interjet’s license was suspended, which means the airline won’t be able to operate any flights in Canada until it fixes this problem.

At the time of writing this post, Interjet’s website is not accessible, which really got me thinking. Many people claim the airline is broke, and that’s why it resorted to check kiting. Simply put, the airline delays reimbursements to profit off the possession of the clients’ money before returning the principal to them. We will continue monitoring this airline.

Virtual “Grito

September 15th of this year marked the 210th anniversary of the Mexican Independence. However, due to the pandemic, there weren’t any live celebrations this year. This hadn’t happened since 1847.

All the celebrations were virtual. The government of Mexico City barricaded the area to avoid any gatherings. Some local governments didn’t hold any ceremonies whatsoever.

The grito, as Mexicans know this day, is Mexico’s most important holiday and draws lots of tourists from many parts of the world.

Border Closure Extended

The border between Mexico and the U.S. has been closed since March 21 in efforts to protect both countries. Travel by land has been restricted to essential travel ever since.

The reopening has been delayed month after month. The last tentative date for reopening was September 21, but as expected, it was delayed one more month. The new date is October 21, but many people believe the border will not reopen before the end of the year. We will wait and see.

Remember this only applies to land travel. Air travel between both countries is allowed, and you don’t need to quarantine upon arrival except if you show some symptoms.

Conclusion

As you can see, September has been quite an eventful month. Although statistics show a downward trend, it may be too early to claim victory. We are very optimistic about the results, but we understand this is far from over. We will not be able to go completely back to normal until there is a vaccine available for everyone. In the meantime, let’s travel responsibly and follow the advice from health authorities.

A lot of attractions like museums, archaeological sites, and beaches have been gradually reopening this month. There are several restrictions in effect, so let’s make sure we follow them.

Well, folks, that’s all for today. Have you visited Mexico during these months? Are you planning to do so anytime soon? Let me know in the comments below. Bon voyage!

Mexico travel updates September 2020

6 Replies to “Mexico Travel Updates – September 2020”

  1. Hey man, I’ve never been to Mexico but always planned to go since before covid times, however i always thought of the visit as resorts and beaches in Cancun. Your article opened my eyes to the other attractions Mexico has to offer such as the museums and archeological sites. My country’s borders have not reopened as yet, but now i’m looking forward to visiting Mexico.

    1. Hi, Oranzo,

      Mexico has a lot to offer tourists: beaches, archaeological sites, museums, charming towns, delicious food, and the list goes on and on. I hope you visit someday.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. From your article, we are confident that Mexico has made a great effort to control the spreading of COVID 19. As a blogger, we must report our nation status to everyone who wanted to visit our country. 

    You have reported that the beautiful beach was well maintained for hotel visitors only despite the noise from the locals. Mexico has taken a specials action to welcome the visitors to visit the beach. Many countries are doing an alternate way to open the hotel and tourist locations to the locals.

    Without the government agreement on the green lane for both countries, the visitors cannot come to our country if the immigration procedure is unclear. I hope Mexico can negotiate with the potential countries with lower risk in COVID 19 to re-open the air route. 

    Let us have faith that the vaccine can be safe to implement in the early next year for every country. Thanks for your article to take the lead to give the green light to open Mexico to every country. 

    1. Hi, Stephen,

      Your comment is much appreciated. And yes, I agree with you that as travel bloggers we have a big responsibility with our readers. 

      You made an interesting point there. I think Mexican officials should establish agreements with other countries whose COVID levels are similar or better than Mexico’s. Only this way will it be able to prevent a second wave as we have seen in Europe.

      This is far from over, but we’re confident the situation will improve in the next months. Hopefully, we will have a vaccine sometime next year.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Enrique, Thank you for this useful and helpful article. The information was especially pertinent regarding the travel restrictions. It is good to know that air travel is allowed to Mexico. And thank you for outlining the open museums and archeological sites. Because I live in S Cal sometimes my friends and I talk about Mexico. Now I feel I am very up to date and will tell them what I have learned, as well as tell them about your website.
    Including the clickable link to the Covid site was also helpful. Even though I don’t speak Spanish, it was easy to read and understand.
    You also write very well. I enjoy reading an article that is so well written.
    Barbara

    1. Hi, Barbara,

      I’m glad you found this useful. Feel free to share with others and don’t hesitate to leave any questions you might have.

      Thanks for commenting.

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