Americans are flocking to Mexico. Should they be?
“During Covid, bookings never slowed down,” she said, noting that some stations plan to start charging for testing later this month, with rates ranging from $ 50 to $ 150.
In Los Cabos, Mr. Chung paid $ 40 for his Covid test.
Lynda Hower, a Pittsburgh-based travel consultant, was on vacation in the Cancun area with her family earlier this month. She said the airport customs lines were crowded with multiple flights landing at the same time, resulting in little social distancing. To reach the resort, she opted for a private transfer. A few days before returning home, the family was tested for free at the resort and was able to receive their negative results by text message at the pool.
“It was very professional,” she said, noting that she got the results in 20 minutes.
No tequila shots at 4 a.m.
The state of Jalisco, home to Puerto Vallarta, is green on the traffic light system, and it’s not hard to spot a tourist in town, especially as travel has resumed this year.
“The majority are still masked here and if someone is not masked you can assume it is likely a tourist,” said Robert Nelson, a California native who lives in Puerto Vallarta and manages the subscription website. Expats in Mexico. “We are working hard to get more people vaccinated, but we need a little help from visitors to meet local regulations. “
But even compliant travelers will see the experience changed, due to fewer visitors or security protocols.
“Don’t expect bars to let you stay until 4 or 5 in the morning to take shots,” Nelson added.
In San Miguel de Allende, the popular colonial city of Guanajuato in central Mexico, public statues are dressed in masks, and anyone entering the central plaza must pass through an archway that sprays disinfectant. Local police urge visitors to wear or remove their masks and are known to take thugs to jail for breaking the rules.
Ann Kuffner, an American retiree who has lived in San Miguel de Allende for three years, tells friends who want to visit to wait until fall, when vaccination rates are higher and the events San Miguel is for. known, such as Day of the Dead festivities can safely return.