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State Department still discourages travel to Mexico

Original date of publication: September 17, 2020

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Kemwel - Days prior to the formal re-opening of the U.S.-Mexico border on September 21 and the State Department has lowered the Mexico travel warning to Level 3 that urges Americans to "reconsider" plans to visit. This will be the first time citizens from both countries can cross the border for non-essential purposes ever since Trump halted most land crossings in March.

Despite the previous “do not travel” Level 4 provisions, flights between Mexico and the United States haven’t wavered since the start of the pandemic, however. Upcoming policy changes permitting leisurely travel will likely benefit the Mexican tourism industry with major tourist attractions now open, such as the Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacán. The acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site has been closed for the past five months but will soon re-open with a limited capacity. On top of being able to drive Mexico City car rentals to Teotihuacán, the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Cobá reportedly opened on September 14 with Chichen Itza soon to follow.

Is it a good idea to travel to Mexico right now?

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Just like the USA, Mexico is a land of many states with varying populations, some stabilizing and recovering from COVID sooner than others. Overall, the worst-hit states have been Mexico City, Tabasco and Sinaloa that represent the bulk of the country’s approximate 668,000 cases and 70,000 deaths. Comparatively, the United States has reported over 6 million cases with allegedly 190,000 deaths.

Despite more limited testing capability, in reality places like Jalisco has actually been faring better than 28 other U.S. states. For example,Governor Enriqe Alfaro urged quarantines before the federal government. For the number of COVID-related deaths per 100,000 people, the rate is also 30.7 in Jalisco as of August 30 compared to 179 in New Jersey or 131 in Massachusetts.

Of course, now more than ever is an important time to remain vigilant over COVID-19. In terms of risk assessment, though, it doesn't seem to be any more or less risky in Mexico compared to the United States. Travel with precaution.

Where can I rent a car in Mexico?

While it is certainly tricky to transport car rentals between the two countries, now may be an advantageous time to consider renting a car in Mexico in states that have earned the “safe travel stamp” by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Some of the states that have followed the suggested health protocols the most include Baja California, Nayarit, Yucatán, Jalisco, among others.