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COVID19 Info for International Visitors to Mexico City: March 2022

COVID19 Mexico City for Travelers
Photo: Tania Victoria/ Secretaría de Cultura de la Ciudad de México

COVID19 Mexico City
for International Travelers

If you’re traveling to Mexico City please read the following carefully.

International visitors are welcome in Mexico City.

Prior to arrival many of them have important questions about health and safety, and especially with regard to COVID19. This update will answer the most common questions. The City’s call center, LOCATEL has detailed answers to many more.  Dial +52 55 5658–1111 and press 6 for the English Language desk.

Mexico City is, at this writing, at GREEN ALERT LEVEL. That indication is the result of careful analysis and indicates that the risk of viral infection is low when following the now standard precautions listed below.

Arriving international travelers don’t need to quarantine.

Everyone is asked to follow the public health protocols as strictly as is possible.

  1. Maintain 1.5 meters of distance from people outside your travel party.
  2. Wash hands frequently and use antibiotic gel frequently.
  3. Wear facemasks at all times in public, and especially when indoors.
  4. Avoid crowded and non-ventilated places.

These protocols mean that you will see people checking temperatures and distributing antibiotic gel.

Many countries will require proof of a negative test up to 72 hours prior to your return. COVID19 Tests are available for free all over Mexico City. There’s more information here:

Other pointers:

  • Be aware of transit rush hours. Mornings: 7-9:30 a.m. Evenings: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • COVID19 transmission risk will be higher in crowded buses or the Metro.
  • Most Mexico City restaurants, museums, and similar attractions are open at limited guest capacities
  • Many food and beverage outlets in the City offer outdoor and sidewalk service.
  • In Mexico City’s temperate mountain climate, that has meant that a lot can still be enjoyed from outdoors and at a lower risk.
  • Museums and similar attractions are maintaining limits on capacity.
  • For blockbusters like the National Museum of Anthropology and the Frida Kahlo museum, advance-purchase tickets are recommended to avoid queueing.

Very few hotels, hostels, and AirBnBs have closed entirely. That means there’s very little chance you’ll find yourself stuck should one or another fall through. A whole variety of lodging options are available. Many of them will require their own protocols as to guest safety and security. These are not likely to vary significantly from the main four listed above.

Further inquiries can be directed to the Mexico City call center, LOCATEL.
Dial +52 55 5658–1111 and press 6 for the English Language desk.
LOCATEL can also be contacted through their Facebook Page.