COVID-19 Information for U.S. Citizens in Mexico (2023)

COVID-19 Information for U.S. Citizens in Mexico

Travel Mexico COVID Information and Resources Movement Restrictions – Stoplight System Entry and Exit Requirements Mexico State-Level COVID Information Consular Operations

By U.S. Mission to Mexico


June 15, 2022


Air Travel to the United States

Land and Ferry Travel to the United States

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Proof of Vaccination for Travel to the United States

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the pre-departure proof-of-vaccination requirements may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing or full vaccination cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Legal authority for approving or denying requests rests with the CDC. CDC’s decisions are uncontestable. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy by email at You will receive an automatic email response with instructions.

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Federal COVID Information and Resources

COVID testing availability in Mexico

  • While proof of a negative COVID test is no longer required to enter the U.S., it might be necessary for U.S. citizens entering other countries.
  • The Secretariat of Health (Salud) maintains a list of approved laboratories (Spanish only) for viral COVID-19 testing. Many local hospitals, clinics, and laboratories offer private testing for travel purposes. The cost of PCR tests typically ranges from approximately 950 MXN to 4500 MXN, and the cost of viral antigen tests typically range from 200 MXN to 1000 MXN, depending on location and speed of results. Travelers are responsible for the costs of their own tests and any associated medical care. The Embassy and Consulates are unable to administer or pay for tests.
  • The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico list of private testing providers. This list is not comprehensive and the information within is subject to change at any time.
  • Some airlines and international airports in Mexico offer testing on-site as a last resort for travelers – please confirm directly with your carrier for more information on availability of this service. Even if such an option is available, it is recommended to obtain your test results before arriving at the airport. At some of the indicated airports, testing on-site is available only to international passengers using specific carriers. If you must test on-site at an airport where it is offered, you should arrive at least three hours earlier (or follow carrier recommendations) to allow time for results. Please note testing at the airport may result in missing your flight or onward connections due to delays or if you receive a positive test result.
  • Travelers visiting Mexico should contact their tour provider or hotel for more information on local testing options.
  • You will have to pay for your test. You should contact your medical/travel insurance to find out if they will reimburse you.
  • Consult with your chosen testing provider on test result delivery method and language.

COVID Vaccines in Mexico

  • Mexico has approved emergency use of the AstraZeneca, CanSino, COVAX, India Surem Institute, Pfizer, and Sputnik V vaccines. For more information on vaccines available in Mexico, please visit the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Health 
  • Mexican citizens and permanent and temporary residents of Mexico are eligible to receive the vaccine. Please review our English Language Instructions on how to register for the vaccine.
  • U.S. citizens with residency status and a CURP (Clave Única de Registro de Población) may be eligible to register to be vaccinated. A CURP is a unique identity code that Mexican citizens and permanent and temporary residents are issued.
  • Individuals who have been vaccinated in Mexico can obtain a vaccination certificate from the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Health ’s web page.
  • If you do not know your CURP, search for it on RENAPO’s  web page.
  • People are not required to present proof of vaccination to attend school, travel, or engage in routine, daily activities. However, these rules are subject to change.
  • For more information about COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. citizens abroad, click here.
  • You may also consider returning to the United States to receive your vaccine. For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in your home state, visit your U.S. state’s Health Department website.
  • Information from the CDC  regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States.

Quarantine Information

  • U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine.
  • The Mexican government encourages people to continue respecting social distancing measures, washing their hands, and coughing or sneezing in the inner part of the elbow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A variety of prevention measures can be found at
  • For U.S. citizens who have participated in higher risk activitiesor think that they may have been exposed before or during a trip, the CDC encourages those who are vaccinated five days and those who are unvaccinated 14 days to take the following extra precautions to protect others after arrival at their destination:
    • Avoid staying around people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
    • In the United States, quarantine requirements and recommendations may vary by state. Therefore, travelers should review an individual state’s entry requirements before traveling.

Transportation Options

  • Commercial flights and public transportation are operating. Please see additional information on any state-specific regulations or restrictions in each state’s page.

Fines for Non-Compliance with COVID Restrictions

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  • Consequences for non-compliance are not universal. Restrictions vary based on state and/or city.

Local Resources:

  • Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 800 0044 800 for information or medical attention. English language operators are sometimes, but not always, available.
  • Local telephone numbers for COVID-19 assistance in each state are available here:
  • U.S. citizens in Mexico with questions about Mexican immigration policies should contact local immigration authorities for information.
  • Refer to the Ministry of Health’sCOVID-19MXapp that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources. It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.
  • Information about state and municipal level responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and links to the official state COVID-19 websites are below.
  • Please note that the information provided here about local and state restrictions is subject to change without notice and may not be comprehensive.

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Entry and Exit Requirements Into Mexico

  • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter.
  • A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is not required for entry.
  • Health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry.
  • Passengers and aircrew members arriving at Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings including temperature checks. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screening and/or quarantine.
  • Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to health screen including temperature checks. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or quarantined in Mexico.
  • Mexican Immigration (INM) continues to provide law enforcement and public counter services across Mexico. INM recommends monitoring its website  and Twitter account  for information about its current operating status. For information on extending your authorized stay in Mexico visit the nearest INM Office.

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Movement Restrictions – National COVID Stoplight System

The four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight system are:

  • The trend in numbers of new cases
  • Hospital occupancy trends
  • Current hospital occupancy rates
  • Percentage of positive cases.

If one indicator is red, the whole state will be designated red. You can find more information on the National Covid Spotlight System webpage.

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Consular Operations

All applicants may be required to wear face masks in our applicant service centers and consular waiting rooms. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their appointment or visa interview with

  • American Citizens Services (ACS)/Passport Services
    • Passport Services
    • Consular Services
    • Contact Us 
  • Federal Benefits
    • For any questions or concerns regarding Social Security numbers, Social Security benefits, or other federal benefits:
  • Visa Services:
    • U.S. Visas
    • Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by contacting us at



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Emergency Assistance

U.S. Citizens with Emergencies

From Mexico: (55) 8526 2561

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Does the US require Covid test to enter? ›

Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? No. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.

What are the requirements for traveling to Mexico during COVID-19? ›

To this day, there are no entry restrictions in Mexico and no obligation to carry a COVID test or to do quarantine. Check the current status of the pandemic in Mexico and follow the sanitary rules to prevent contagion (information only in Spanish).

Do I need a negative Covid test to fly from Mexico to us? ›

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 2 days before travel.

Do you need to be fully vaccinated to enter the US from Mexico? ›

The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021.

Do you need proof of vaccination to enter the US? ›

Starting in January 2022, however, all inbound travelers seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

Do I need a PCR test? ›

You can get a PCR test if you have symptoms and you: are age 55 or older and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. have a high-risk medical condition. have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)

Does US still require negative Covid test for entry? ›

You are required to retain a paper or digital copy of your negative test result or documentation of recovery for the entirety of your itinerary to the United States as federal public health officials may request to see these documents when you arrive.

What documents do I need to travel to Mexico by Air 2022? ›

A valid passport book is required to enter Mexico by air, and those attempting to enter at an airport with a U.S. passport card only may be denied admission.

What do I need to enter Mexico? ›

U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport book or card, in addition to an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of automobile registration, even if remaining in the border zone.

How much is a PCR test? ›

Express PCR test €89 results in 1-3hours. Rapid Antigen test €35 with results available after one hour.

How to book PCR test for travel? ›

Preparing for your COVID-19 PCR Swab Test​
  1. Check your testing window. The test is typically conducted 48-72 hours prior to your departure.
  2. Book your appointment. Book your preferred date, time and location real time, and receive an instant email confirmation. ...
  3. Get your PCR Test done. ...
  4. Receive your Results.

What is the difference between a regular Covid test and a PCR? ›

In fact, if you have ever been asked to show proof of a COVID-19 test, you were required to provide results from a PCR test. These tests provide more accurate results than rapid tests, and that's because they use a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify the viral genetic material of COVID-19.

Do I need to complete any forms to enter Mexico? ›

ALL foreign citizens traveling to Mexico MUST fill out an Official Entry Immigration Form (FMM) prior to their arrival to Mexico. To ease the immigration entry process now you can fill out the Immigration Form(s) in the comfort of your home or office.

Can a US citizen be denied entry back into the USA? ›

The truth is that no one is guaranteed entry into the United States, not even U.S. Citizens. Even if you have the right documents, visa, or legal status, you may still be denied entry to the United States, so it's best to be prepared for the worst.

Why do I need a PCR if I have symptoms? ›

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A PCR TEST? If you currently have symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, this is the test you should have to diagnose the infection. If a lateral flow test is positive. The purpose of the PCR test is to confirm the diagnosis, since it is a more accurate test than the lateral flow test.

Can you have Covid and it not show up on a PCR test? ›

A negative result means it's likely you are not infectious. But a negative test is not a guarantee you do not have COVID-19 and there's still a chance you may be infectious. You should follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

Should you isolate If you have a PCR test? ›

A positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) means it's very likely you had COVID-19 when the test was done. You should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took the test.

How long does it take to get PCR test results? ›

NHS PCR test result

If you did a PCR test from the NHS, you might get your result the next day, but it may take up to 3 days. You'll usually get a text or email with your result when it's ready.


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