UPDATED April 3, 2020:
On March 21, 2020, the U.S.-Mexico land borders began temporarily restricting non-essential travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions will be in effect at least through April 20, 2020. U.S. citizens and permanent citizens will still be allowed back into the U.S. from Mexico during this time. We have heard multiple stories about Canadians being allowed to cross into the U.S. from Mexico as well.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has urged everyone in Mexico to stay at home. The U.S. State Department has urged all U.S. Citizens abroad to come home to the U.S. or to be prepared to remain where they are for an indefinite period of time. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Chris Landau, has urged U.S. tourists to head home to the U.S. and for U.S. citizens who are residents in Mexico to consider their own risk profile and possible medical needs while deciding whether to remain in Mexico or return to the U.S.
Hotels, resorts, time shares, and home rentals throughout Mexico will be closed starting April 5, 2020 through at least April 30, 2020.
The state of Baja California (norte) is now officially closed to all non-essential activities as of March 31, 2020. The military and police will be restricting movement on public roads except for essential workers or those seeking essential services. Groceries, pharmacies, and hospitals remain open.
Los Cabos and the state of Baja California Sur have closed all beaches, bars, casinos, and gyms. Public and private gatherings are banned and they are requesting a reduction in non-essential social activities. All nautical operations, including sportfishing, are currently prohibited.
For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.
- Highway Mexico 5 is now paved all the way to Highway Mexico 1 and in good condition.
- The Mexico 1 toll road between Rosarito and Ensenada is currently under construction from around Km. 61-63 and again at Km. 95-98 around Salsipuedes. Drive slowly and with caution.
- Mexico 1 through Maneadero has many potholes. Expect to drive slowly.
- There is road work being done on Mex 1 south of Santo Tomás. Expect delays.
- Mex 1 has recently had repairs done and is in good condition from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro.
- The road out to Abreojos has a number of potholes.
- The north road into Scorpion Bay is passable with a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance.
- The road from San Ignacio to Laguna San Ignacio is now paved almost all the way out to the lagoon. There are a few stretches where they are doing road maintenance.
- Highway Mexico 1 has a lot of pot holes and washouts just north of Santa Rosalía near the dump.
- 30 miles north of Ciudad Insurgentes there are dirt detours while they are constructing bridges.
- The road out to San Javier is now paved all the way. The road is in good condition but the passes through a number of arroyos where vehicles will need to go through water. Be careful after rains. Inquire in Loreto about the latest conditions.
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