The U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has issued a warning against all travel to Mexico.
The CDC has issued a Level 4 advice warning that “Covid-19 levels are very high in Mexico”.
“Travelers should avoid all trips to Mexico. The trip could increase the chances of getting and spreading Covid-19, ”the health agency said.
The number of confirmed cases in Mexico currently barely exceeds 1 million, while the number of official deaths is 102,739. Both amounts are widely considered significant underestimations due to the low testing rate.
The CDC also warned that people who travel abroad and become infected may be denied a return to the United States.
“If you are exposed to Covid-19 while traveling, you can be quarantined and only return to the United States within 14 days of your last known exposure,” his adviser said.
The CDC was warned just five days before Thanksgiving, and as the number of cases in the United States reaches record levels.
Perhaps it was too late to dissuade many Americans from taking a short break south of the border within a warm deadline.
An analysis published by insurance company Allianz last week found that Cancun, Quintana Roo, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco are the top three international destinations for American Thanksgiving tourists, respectively.
The risk of coronavirus infection in Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur is currently yellow light “medium” according to the federal government stop lamp system, while orange light is “high” in Jalisco.
There is no doubt that there is a risk of coronavirus infection in Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta – all three destinations have registered thousands of confirmed cases – among U.S. tourists, but more recently, there seems to be a greater risk of Americans carrying the virus in U.S. explosions.
Furthermore, Mexico does not require travelers to prove a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country and there is no quarantine requirement.
However, the CDC advised that people who need to travel should be tested one to three days before departure. He also warned people not to travel if they are waiting for test results, showing a positive result or are sick.
Mexico is in a tricky position because it already has its own significant coronavirus problems – and obviously doesn’t want to import more cases – but at the same time, tourism revenues are very much needed.
Tourism typically accounts for nearly 10% of Mexico’s GDP, but the sector collapsed earlier this year due to the epidemic and related restrictions.
The recovery has begun, but the ability to recoup losses of hotels, restaurants and other tourism-oriented businesses is limited due to state-imposed occupancy and capacity constraints aimed at controlling the viability of social isolation and the spread of the virus.
Mexico News Daily