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Tourism ministers want incoming travelers to be screened for COVID-19

TheCruiseGenius at TRSCoral near Cancun

As of September 4, 2021, you do not require a COVID test prior to flying to Cancun. When I flew to Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton in Jamaica a few months ago, a COVID test was required and have a negative result 10 days before boarding my flight from Orlando. Now, tourism ministers in Mexico want incoming travelers to be screened for COVID-19.

According to MexicoNewsDaily.com on Wed, Sep 1st, 2021, “Mexico’s association of tourism ministers will ask the federal government to implement a policy that requires incoming travelers to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative test result.

Oaxaca Tourism Minister Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, who heads up the association, said the proposal will be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs next week.

Mexico has never closed its air borders or required incoming travelers to go into mandatory quarantine. The absence of restrictions has been blamed for fueling coronavirus outbreaks in tourism hotspots such as Cancún and Los Cabos.

Rivera said in an interview that the proposal has the support of all state tourism ministers, who believe that the measure will help reduce the spread of the virus in Mexico.

If the federal government approves the proposal, a plan for its execution will have to be developed in conjunction with the Health Ministry, he said. One matter to consider, the minister said, is whether vaccinated travelers will be allowed into the country regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine they received.

Some countries are only allowing unrestricted entry to travelers vaccinated with approved vaccines. The European Union, for example, has only approved those made by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.”

Keep in mind that their is a strong anti-vax sentiment in the U.S.

Tourists who love Cancun and other vacation destinations south of our border who will not receive the vaccination will stay home or travel in the U.S. Granted, they can choose to be tested before leaving the U.S., but how many people take the time and money to do that?

Both my wife and I are fully vaccinated and look forward to returning to Cancun in the future.

With #TheMartster

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