Upcoming peak, U.S. Embassy message
05-06-2020, 11:45 AM,
Upcoming peak, U.S. Embassy message
The peak of the COVID-19 epidemic in Mexico is expected to occur May 8-10, according to Mexican authorities, with hospitals most likely reaching very high levels of occupancy in the two weeks after (particularly in Baja California, Mexico City, Mexico State, Sinaloa, Tabasco, and Quintana Roo).

Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home during this time. The government deployed elements of the Mexican Armed Forces this week to the six states most affected by the virus to protect medical facilities and workers as well as escort shipments of medical supplies.

International commercial flight options currently exist in Mexico. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Mexico to the United States at this time.

On April 16, the Mexican government extended nationwide restrictions on non-essential economic activities in most municipalities until May 30. Essential activities include the provision of medical services and supplies, grocery delivery services, operation of grocery stores, restaurant delivery and carryout services, assurance of public safety, maintenance of fundamental economic functions and government social programs, and work in critical infrastructure. Schools in Mexico are also closed.

States and municipalities may implement additional closings and restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations. Several states and municipalities have imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities and have required citizens to wear masks when outside their homes. Please see additional information on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local Resources” section on our website. This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice. Please confirm directly with local government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.

Passengers and aircrew members arriving at and departing from Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screenings and/or asked to quarantine voluntarily. Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. We recommend that travelers carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable. Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to temperature checks and additional health screening. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or asked to quarantine in Mexico. At some U.S. ports of entry, operating hours have changed; please review CBP’s Port of Entry wait times web page for additional information.

On April 3, Mexican Tourism and Health officials instructed hotels to cancel new and existing reservations and close for non-essential business. All accommodation services, including hotels, hostels, online platforms, and travel agencies, will cease receiving reservations and will reschedule all reservations. Guests who require accommodation due to essential business activities are permitted to stay in hotels with a maximum occupancy of 15 percent and may be asked to provide an employer letter certifying the nature of their business. Other non-resident foreign citizens currently in hotel accommodations have been requested to return home immediately. Individuals showing respiratory symptoms will be referred to health authorities. As a reminder, the U.S. government does not pay for lodging or other expenses incurred due to travel disruptions abroad.

The Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 on March 19.

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