But as interest in Cancún stays strong, the city and surrounding regions of the state, Quintana Roo, have reinstated coronavirus restrictions in response to a recent rise in cases.
On May 3, Gov. Carlos Joaquín moved Quintana Roo from medium-risk yellow to high-risk orange on the state government’s four-tier Traffic Light Monitoring System, matching its standing on the federal stoplight map, Mexico News Daily reported.
That adjustment means businesses such as bars and nightclubs are closed; restaurants, hotels, and theme parks are limited to 50 percent capacity; and places such as beaches, parks, movie theaters and salons are limited to 30 percent capacity.
In a tweet, the governor announced that he plans to keep the state’s northern and southern regions orange from May 10 to 16 while warning of the possibility of regressing further to red should coronavirus cases continue to climb. Last week, he said that in the municipality of Benito Juárez, where Cancún is located, coronavirus cases increased 65 percent.
Hope Smith, a California-based travel adviser and owner of the Virtuoso agency Born to Travel, said that uptick may be because vaccinated people are feeling more comfortable traveling and booking ahead, or that people are realizing summer travel availability is becoming more limited.
Before traveling to Mexico, Smith said it is important for Americans to understand that it will not be the same as a pre-pandemic visit, and the coronavirus situation is constantly changing.
“It may not be the same as when you were there last year,” Smith said. “Be prepared for that, because those expectations may not be met.”
For now, travelers are required to fill out paperwork before or on arrival to Mexico, and provide a negative coronavirus result to return to the United States regardless of vaccination status. Many hotels that cater to foreign guests are providing testing on property, sometimes complimentary, but travelers may also need to pay anywhere between $50 and $300 for a test either at a hotel or at a separate testing site, Smith said.
Should travelers test positive for the coronavirus before their return flight to the United States, they will need to stay in Mexico until they test negative.
To overcome a traveler’s anxiety about paying for an additional two-week quarantine stay, some properties in Mexico and elsewhere — such as Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts — are offering to pay for some or all of that extra time.