Believe it or not… it’s time to talk about the upcoming holidays! With 2020 happening like a weird dream and 2021 running out so fast, it’s a bit odd to talk about plans for the holidays already, right? But, we need to remember that life goes on, and we need to start planning cause New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! While the world is still adapting to new normality and the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, people are already planning their vacation for the first time in almost two years! With so many people already vaccinated, most of the world’s more famous travel destinations have re-opened their frontiers, welcoming travelers again for a needed break from the last couple of years.
Being one of the most visited countries globally, Mexico and especially the Mexican Caribbean appear in thousands of top travel destinations lists(no matter when you read this). Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya are some of the most sought places to spend an incredible vacation lying on a gorgeous beach, sipping cocktails and enjoying a wonderful experience. So it’s only natural that as you read this, people worldwide are surfing the web, looking for stuff like “the best destinations to visit for the holidays 2021” or “Cancun COVID situation.” They’re also doing more specific searches to help them make the best decision on where to travel in 2021. Can you guess what people are googling for? Well, people are a bit worried about COVID travel restrictions. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve shared with you some COVID-19 updates. If you’re an avid reader, you might know by now that fortunately, in the Mexican Caribbean, the tourist industry has been slowly recovering. So much has changed since the start of the pandemic, and we’re living new normality now. In Mexico, we welcome tourists and encourage them and the population, in general, to continue following all health standards. So we thought it would be fitting to share a quick update to spare you some googling time and answer questions like: Is it safe to travel to Cozumel for the holidays? Or: Can I travel to Cancun for the Holidays?
Well, of course, you can visit any of the Mexican destinations for the holidays! So go ahead, take a couple of minutes and book your flights to our Caribbean Paradise!
Got them? Ok, let’s continue. Even when it’s possible to travel to Cancun, The Riviera Maya, and Cozumel in 2021, there’s some information you need to know. Please note that each government and commercial airlines follow their own health & sanitation protocols, so we’ll focus only on general information about the Mexican Caribbean destinations’ updated COVID situation. Don’t hesitate to contact your airline or your local authorities if you have any airport/flight restrictions questions.
COVID-19 situation (update October 13th, 2021)
Good news! The north side of Quintana Roo, where the main touristic cities Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum are located, are back to “Green”. Thanks to all sanitary measures implemented by the local authorities and of course, a major effort by all the touristic industry, the population and visitors, we’re glad to announce that Cozumel is now in “green light”, meaning that most businesses and services are allowed to reopen at 80% of their capacity. Hotels, bars, restaurants, tours, parks will welcome visitors almost on a regular basis. All you need to know is that all preventive measures that actually worked to diminish the COVID-19 spread in the island should still be observed by both locals and tourists, which are:
- Face masks are still mandatory to be allowed at stores, bars, restaurants, hotels, theaters, museums, beach clubs. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear them in open spaces or once you are assigned a table. At restaurants, you need to wear it to move around or go to the bathroom.
- Social distance is still advice at all businesses listed.
- The use of antibacterial gel is encouraged. You can find it at the entrance of all listed businesses.
Here’s the official description of what the g reenlight means (in Spanish).
If you need any help or have more questions about this update, don’t hesitate to contact us via Social Media, on Instagram Fly Cozumel.
COVID-19 situation (update September 30st, 2021)
Cancun, Cozumel, and Riviera Maya are back to “yellow.” Oh, let us elaborate. The pandemic situation in Mexico -as in most countries- was simplified by using a “traffic light model” going from red being the worst scenario, to orange and then yellow, and to eventually, rising to green, which would mean the end of the pandemic. At the moment, since the beginning of September, in the northern side of the state of Quintana Roo, we’ve finally achieved the “yellow level.” It hasn’t been easy, and it’s taken a lot of hard work and coordination between authorities, companies, small businesses, the population, and visitors. So is it safe to come and visit? Sure! If you’re allowed to leave your country, why wouldn’t we be allowed to welcome you? As long as we all follow the same health & sanitation protocols, we’ll be fine. What does yellow implies and what should you do when visiting? Here’s a quick list:
- Wearing a face mask is not mandatory for walking on the streets of Cancun or Playa del Carmen, but it is in Cozumel. You’re not indicated to wear it at the beach, cenotes, public parks, etc. However, you’ll need to wear it for entering stores, restaurants, and any kind of business. You’ll also be offered (and sometimes required) to pour on some sanitization hands gel, and your temperature level will be measured before being allowed to enter. This applies to all restaurants, hotels, beach clubs, gyms, stores, malls, etc. Don’t even think of arguing; the law allows them to deny the entrance to you. Just follow the guidelines, and you’ll be welcomed anywhere.
- Social distance is required. Businesses such as restaurants, hotels, bars, and even the beaches can welcome up to 60% of their regular capacity. Some may have additional restrictions, such as a limited number of people sitting on the same table, showing proof of vaccination, or a COVID test to provide access. Still, it’s not forced by any official law.
- A night curfew has been established in cities like Cancun or Playa del Carmen, forcing all restaurants, bars, and stores to cease activities at 11 pm. Most clubs and bars are opening earlier, so you can still visit and spend some time dancing your shoes off! Remember that the curfew prevents businesses from operating after 11 pm; it doesn’t mean you cannot be on the street or drive back to your hotel.
- You can get a quick Antigen or PCR COVID test almost in every corner. Many nations are asking their citizens to show proof of health to exit or return to their countries. So you can pick from a wide variety of health stands, drug-stores, labs, and medical clinics to get yours few hours before taking your flight back.
Traveling enriches the soul, is excellent for your physical and mental health, and helps you increase your consciousness about the world and about others. By taking care of yourself, you take care of others. So go ahead, travel to Cancun, Cozumel, or any other Mexican Caribbean paradise; follow the protocols, use common sense, and you’ll be fine!