UPDATED Feb. 22, 2021:
COVID-19 AND LIMITS ON NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY
Mexico is using a national “stoplight” system to rate the COVID and safety levels in the country region by region. The stoplight designations are reassessed and updated on a weekly basis. For the week of Feb. 22-28, the state of Baja California (norte) is rated “orange.” Restaurants and hotels may operate at 75% capacity. Parks, public spaces, and retail stores may operate at 50% capacity.
The state of Baja California Sur has multiple ratings for the various municipalities. The Los Cabos region is rated “orange (very high alert, level 4)” with businesses operating at 40% capacity. The regions of Loreto, Mulegé, La Paz, and Comondú are rated “orange (critical alert, level 5)” with businesses operating at 30% capacity. Specific rules vary from municipality to municipality. We recommend that you call ahead to any business that you plan on visiting to find out about current hours and COVID regulations.
COVID TEST REQUIRED TO FLY BACK TO THE U.S. FROM MEXICO
As of January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring all passengers arriving into the U.S. by air to show proof of a negative PCR COVID test that was taken within 72 hours of flight departure time. Alternatively, travelers may show proof that they’ve had COVID in the past and recovered, or that they’ve been vaccinated. You can find more information on the Los Cabos tourism website. We have a list of testing facilities in Los Cabos, La Paz, and Loreto available on our COVID Testing in Baja Page.
A COVID test is NOT required to fly into Tijuana and to cross through CBX to get to the U.S.
At this time COVID tests are not required to fly INTO Mexico.
The U.S.-Mexico land borders are currently deemed open for only essential travel until at least March 21, 2021. U.S. citizens and permanent citizens will still be allowed back into the U.S. from Mexico during this time and there have been no reported cases of people being stopped from entering into Mexico. We have heard multiple stories about Canadians being allowed to cross into the U.S. from Mexico as well.
Some of the California/Baja land borders are currently operating on reduced hours:
San Ysidro: open 24 hours
(PedWest is closed but PedEast remains open 24 hours)
Otay Mesa: open 24 hours
Tecate: 5am-2pm daily
Mexicali West: open 24 hours
Mexicali East: open 6am-2pm
Andrade: open 6am-2pm
RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE
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.
- The road work around Santo Tomás is now complete and the road is in great condition.
- 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 from north of Santa Rosalía near the dump, to south of town going up the hill.
- 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.
- Eight miles south of Loreto in Nopolo, they are working on widening the road. Periodic road closures are occurring for up to hours at a time. Expect delays.
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