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Resorts in Mexico adapts to US one day COVID testing rule


Receiving my COVID test at Palladium Puerta Vallarta

As a frequent traveler to Mexico, when the U.S. mandated the one day COVID test requirement, I had doubts, but TravelWeekly.com is reporting all is going well with the new requirement.

“As the omicron Covid variant makes its way around the world, travel requirements are starting to tighten up. On Dec. 6, the Biden administration announced that all air travelers, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, are required to show a negative, pre-departure Covid-19 test taken the day before they board their flight to the U.S. What does this mean for travelers returning back to the U.S. from Mexico? We reached out to hotels and destinations to find out.

By and large, the biggest takeaway is that destinations and hotels are adapting to the new restrictions in order to continue to make Mexico a convenient and safe travel option for U.S. travelers.

According to Rodrigo Esponda, managing director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board, Los Cabos’ various resorts, timeshares and villa rentals have all shifted to offering on-site testing for U.S. travelers. These accommodations have to be verified to make sure that they are safe, legitimate and that Covid-19 tests they offer will be accepted in the United States.

Similarly, travelers to Puerto Vallarta will find that resorts, medical centers and the airport have adapted. They, too, offer Covid testing with a rapid turnaround times required by the new policy.

“We are happy to report that the state [of Jalisco] remains green on Mexico’s traffic light system for Covid-19 risk, with no restrictions in place for travelers visiting Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas,” said Luis Villasenor, managing director of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Moreover, 81% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and shots are now available to all residents ages 14 to 17.”

I’ll be returning to Cancun soon and looking forward to getting my COVID test and getting my results super fast!



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