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What you need to know before travelling to Mexico from South Africa during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for South Africans travelling to Mexico.

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Alongside its amazing cuisine, Mexico is also home to a bounty of crystal clear coastlines, ancient ruins and adventures for all people from South Africa to enjoy.

Keep reading to find out whether you can travel from South Africa to Mexico, what’s open and permit requirements.

Can I travel from South Africa to Mexico?

Yes, the Mexico border is open to all South African travellers. people from South Africa should keep in mind that Mexico doesn’t hold strong COVID-19 prevention practices. As well as this, flights back to South Africa may be delayed.

Latest information for Mexico

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COVID-19 statistics in Mexico vs South Africa

Getting to Mexico and travelling around once there

Which entry points in Mexico are open to travellers from South Africa?

Mexico has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from South Africa:
  • Open Borders: Air borders (US land border is closed)
  • Open Airports: All

As a traveller from South Africa, can I travel anywhere once I'm in Mexico?

Yes, once in Mexico, South Africans are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in Mexico?

South Africans should be aware that what’s open in Mexico is dependent on which zone the attraction falls into. Those in the red zone remain closed. Orange zones have open attractions with smaller capacities.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • Chichèn Itzá: Open
  • Tulum Archaeological Zone: Open
  • Pyramid of the Sun: Open
  • Museo Nacional de Antropología: Temporarily closed
  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: As some regions have restrictions on non-essential activities, people from South Africa should double check before visiting national parks.
    • Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park: Open
    • Basaseachic Falls National Park: Open
    • Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park: Open
    Most beaches are open to the local public, including South African tourists. Be sure to check the restrictions in the area you're staying in. These are some coastlines that every South African needs to check out once it's safe to do so:
    • Cancún
    • Playa del Carmen
    • Cabo San Lucas
  • Shopping centres and stores: South Africans should note that most non-essential businesses are closed in Mexico’s red zone. Some shopping centres in orange regions may be open for visitors.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Restaurants and cafes in red zones are not open for South African visitors to dine at, but those in orange areas are. We recommend booking in advance if the option is available, as orange-zone restaurants are operating at a reduced capacity.

Can I cruise to or around Mexico?

No. At this point in time, cruises to Mexico from South Africa have temporarily stopped.

What are the entry requirements for Mexico coming from South Africa?

Do I need a permit to enter Mexico?

Travellers from South Africa need to fill out a Health Declaration Form, which is then scanned upon arrival in Mexico. Standard visa requirements still apply.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No. South Africans don’t need to show proof of vaccination to enter Mexico.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing Mexico?

No. There is no requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to travelling to Mexico from South Africa.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Mexico?

No. South African visitors don’t need to quarantine upon arrival in Mexico.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from South Africa to Mexico:

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