US Embassy Mexico Puerto Vallarta COVID 19 Travel Update

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US Embassy Mexico Puerto Vallarta COVID 19 Travel Update August 1, 2020. What is the current situation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in terms of the coronavirus pandemic?

What are the current cases of COVID -19 in Puerto Vallarta? On June 1, 2020 the Mexican government began describing the COVID -19 pandemic using a national “stoplight color” system.  The four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight system are the trend in numbers of new cases, hospital occupancy trends, current hospital occupancy rates, and percentage of positive cases. 

For July 27 -August 2, 2020 Jalisco (which includes Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) is designated as red under this system. Puerto Vallarta has implemented restrictions on public gatherings and events, restrictions at Puerto Vallarta beaches and the malecon, gay bar and restaurant business operations, and hotel occupancies. The Puerto Vallarta local government has required citizens to wear masks when outside their homes in streets and public spaces.  You should expect checkpoints to ensure conformity to local regulations.  Many businesses are also requiring face masks and limiting the number of people who can enter the business. PV law enforcement may issue fines to anyone found to be in violation of these orders.

Does Puerto Vallarta have a isolation period for travelers upon arrival?  No.

What is the status of Puerto Vallarta gay bars? Some Puerto Vallarta Gay Bars are open since June 25, 2020 operating only as a restaurant/bar with limited service and other requirements.

What is the status of Puerto Vallarta gay events and tours. Live bar and music events, parties and large public gatherings, and Dance Clubs/Dance Floors are suspended since March 17, 2020. Some gay tours are operating including some gay boat cruises. Check the individual provider for specific details.

Puerto Vallarta’s iconic Malecon is not yet fully open to the public for walking. There are access points open to allow entrance to restaurants and shops fronting the Malecon.

Air travel to Puerto Vallarta is not restricted at this time. Please note passengers arriving at and departing from the Puerto Vallarta airport may be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks.  Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screenings and/or asked to quarantine voluntarily. Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or asked to quarantine in Mexico. Please see the DHS website or embassy fact sheet for more information on air travel to Mexico. 

Staying in a Puerto Vallarta hotel or vacation rental property. As of June 1,2020  there could be restrictions on

  • availability of hotel rooms and vacation rental lodging including access to common areas (and pools)
    limitations on the number of guests within a hotel or vacation rental
    availibility of public transit
  • availibility of entertainment and recreation events and activities.

Land Travel to and From Mexico and the United States is prohibited for non-essential travel. The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21, 2020 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.  These restrictions apply to travel in both directions across the border.  On July 16, the U.S. and Mexican governments extended the land border travel restrictions until August 20.  Mexican border and local authorities are conducting enforcement actions to discourage non-essential travel in some areas.  Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential.  We recommend that travelers carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.  Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to temperature checks and additional health screening.

Review the US Dept of State Traveler’s Checklist for emergencies and for local Puerto Vallarta information visit here

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