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COVID-19: Visiting Cancún, is it safe?

September, 2021

After another month of vaccination and safety measures, the northern portion of Quintana Roo, home of Cancún and the Riviera Maya has once seen a decrease in new cases of covid-19. Starting September 13 the epidemiological risk assessment will decrease to code yellow (level 2 out of 4), which will allow hotels and attractions to increase their maximum guest capacities in a safe way. Despite the cases rapidly decreasing, it is still important to respect any and all safety measures in place so we can continue to contain the spread of this pandemic.

While we find ourselves in yellow risk, all hotels, beaches, restaurants, archaeological sites, theme parks, golf courses and other tourism service providers will be able to open with a 60% maximum capacity. All shops are now open and even casinos have reopened, albeit to a 50%. However, the Mexican Caribbean’s famous nightlife continues to sleep as bars and nightlife centers remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Vaccination in the Mexican Caribbean

The Mexican Caribbean is one step away from full immunization. Thanks to the federal government’s support in the immunization campaigns, the state of Quintana Roo is just weeks away of completing the vaccination of the general population. It is estimated that the majority of eligible 18 year old and older population will have received complete immunization. It has been the success of these vaccines and safety measures what has led to the decrease of covid-19 cases, a trend that will hopefully repeat itself over the next few weeks.

So, is Cancun safe to visit?

Traveling anywhere during this pandemic, whether international or domestic, is risky; that being said if you feel comfortable flying with the right precautions, Cancún is indeed one of the safest destinations to travel this year. And it’s not just us saying this. This safety comes as a result of the impressive and unrelenting efforts that the local government, companies, and individuals have put into creating and following strict sanitary measures. Starting with the Mexican Caribbean Clean & Safe Certification, which over 6,000 companies have applied for, a program that certifies tourism service providers that  can maintain the highest sanitary measures for the prevention and containment of COVID-19. This program was the the reason for which Cancún was the first place in the American continent, and one of the first 7 in the world, to receive the “Safe Travels” global safety and hygiene stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Just as impressive is the fact that Xcaret Eco Park became the world’s first company to obtain that certification as well.

And unlike other destinations where locals have opposed reopening, the people of Cancún have continued to embrace it. Tourism accounts for 90% of this state’s income, so when plans to reopen were announced, locals rejoiced. People here will welcome you with open arms and plenty of hand sanitizer. From the moment you arrive at the airport and all throughout your stay you will never not feel safe, as following strict hygiene measures is the main condition that the government put in place for reopening. So either local companies exercise great care, or they’ll be unable to be open. It is important to be aware that if we all do our part we will not only keep the risk at yellow level, but eventually move it to green for a complete and safe reopening of the Mexican Caribbean and it’s many attractions.

We recommend you contact your place of stay as well as activities you’re interested in before your trip to familiarize yourself with the new safety protocols they are following.

You can find more information at official sources:

To know more about the Mexican Caribbean reopening’s please visit our other pages:
Returning flights and new routes to Cancún from Europe and North America
Xcaret is back and became the first park with “Travel Safety Stamp”
Cancun, first Global Safety Stamp Awardee in America
Reasons to visit Cancun in 2020 and tips to keep safe
Mayan Ruins reopen starts on September 14th
Reopening Chichen Itza on September 22nd
Reopening Tours and Attractions
June 8th, Cancun reopening begins
Cancun and Riviera Maya on the road to reopening