CORONAVIRUS NEWS: PUERTO VALLARTA
Last Updated: February 5th, 2021
Current Status of Mexico and Puerto Vallarta
Population: 250,000 | Active Cases: 83 | Recovered: 2344
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Q: Do I need a COVID-19 test before leaving my country?A: If you are a US citizen, there is talk of testing before you leave the U.S., which has always been recommended. This is typically available for free near your home, with results emailed to you. It takes a few minutes out of your day to get the test, it is usually free. You can get the tests at CVS, Walgreens or many other locations in your town.
Q: Do I need to quarantine on my return?A: We encourage you to check the latest orders around this topic with the local authorities. In the USA, there is talk of requiring home quarantine upon return home (not at a facility, just your home). It is already recommended to stay home for a week after returning from travel, this is not new.
Q: Do I need to take a Covid test to enter Puerto Vallarta?A: No, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta do not require a Covid test for entering the country. However, you might want to check if you need a Covid test to return to your country.
Q: Do I need to take a Covid test to return to my country?A: Some countries do need to take a test to return home. Make sure to check with your local government to find out more information.
If you are coming from the US, as of January 26, the CDC ordered that all passengers entering the United States as a final destination must present a negative Covid test to board their departure flight (read more).
Q: How much time before I depart do I need to take the Covid test?A: You must take the Covid test within 3 days before your departure flight.
Q: What if I'm not on a direct flight to the United States? When do I need to take the Covid test?A: You need to take the test within the 3 days prior to your first departure flight. Just make sure each connection isn't longer than 24 hours.
Q: What type of Covid test do I need to return to the my country?A: If you are headed to the US, you need to take a viral test. Both the antigen test and the PCR are acceptable, according to the CDC. We encourage you to check with your local government for the full details.
Q: I already had Covid-19. Do I still need to get tested to enter the US?A: If you already recovered from Covid-19, you can show documentation of your recovery. You will need to show your previous positive test and a letter of a licensed health provider, stating you already recovered. Otherwise, you can take a test to show you are not currently ill.
Q: Where do I need to show my negative Covid-19 test when returning to the US?A: The airline staff will ask for your negative covid test before boarding. You might also want to keep a physical or electronic copy of your test if any US Government official requests it when entering the country.
Q: What does my Covid test need to say so that I can board the plane?A: Your test needs to show any of the following results: "Negative", "Sars-CoV-2 RNA Not Detected", "Sars-CoV-2 Antigen Not Detected", or "Covid-19 not Detected". If your test comes out as "invalid", it will not be accepted. We encourage you to consult with your Airline's customer service.
Q: Where can I take a Covid test in Puerto Vallarta?A: Most hotels are currently providing in-house lab covid tests for their guests. In some cases, you can even schedule your departure test at check-in. Make sure to check with your hotel for more information. You can check some non-hotel coronavirus testing sites here.
Q: Can I get tested at my hotel?A: Most hotels are prepared to take your Antigen test with lab personnel that will comply with the CDC requirements. For more information, we suggest you call your hotel and verify.
Q: How much is a Covid test in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?A: Many hotels are offering up to two complimentary rapid (antigen) covid tests to their guests. Others offer them at starting prices of $30.00 USD; it depends on the testing facility and type of test. Make sure to check with your hotel for Covid test prices.
Q: How long before I get the results for my Covid test?A: Usually, if you take a rapid or antigen covid test, you get your results the same day, even within 40 minutes. Check the test result's time with your Hotel's concierge or correspondent authorities.
Q: Do children need to get tested for Covid?A: Yes. The CDC requires children of 2 or more years of age must get tested prior to departure.
Q: What happens if I test positive?A: The Mexico Tourism Industry is setting everything up to be as easy as possible so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Travelers who test positive will have to remain in Puerto Vallarta, in quarantine for 14 days. Hotels and resorts will offer special accommodations (Several for FREE) and discounted rates for guests who need to quarantine. If you want more information, we suggest you contact your hotel directly.
For more information regarding COVID Testing in Puerto Vallarta, visit here.
The Biden Administration is working with Mexico to make this process easy and painless for you.
Q: Is there Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Puerto Vallarta?A: No place in the world is completely free of COVID-19. However, infection rates are low compared to most areas in the US. There are 250,000 people living in Puerto Vallarta, from which we have 83 active cases, 2344 recovered. Official Goverment Stats.
Q: Is it safe to visit Puerto Vallarta right now with the Coronavirus?A: Our city is taking your health seriously and all businesses must get certified by the health authorities and implement strict health protocols to operate. At this time, Puerto Vallarta has low rates compared to most places in US and we intend to keep it like that.
Q: Will I need to wear a mask while I'm in Puerto Vallarta? Or on the airplane?A: Masks are not required in Puerto Vallarta for guests on beaches, tours or hotels. Masks and gloves will be worn by some workers, including tour guides and people handling food, for example, to keep you as safe and healthy as possible. They will be provided, and their use for guests is discretional. However you won't need to wear a mask if you are in a private area where social distancing is available, such as at your hotel, at the beach, on a guided tour or excursion, or while dining at a restaurant. But overall, masks are optional on all our activities except transportation.
You may be asked to wear a mask on the airplane due to individual airline regulations. As in other countries right now including the U.S. and Canada, masks should be worn at times where social distancing is not available, for example in public areas where you will be walking or standing near other people than your family, such as airports, grocery stores, public transportation, or on airplanes. However you won't need to wear a mask if you are in a private area where social distancing is available, such as at your hotel, at the beach, on a guided tour or excursion, or while dining at a restaurant.
The staff will wear masks and gloves, including cleaners and restaurant workers, to keep you as safe and healthy as possible. You will want to Buy Masks and Hand Sanitizer to bring with you on your trip, but these will also be provided for you at your hotel or other locations if you forget them in your hotel room. The idea is to keep everyone as safe as possible, while at the same time not detracting from your vacation experience and making sure you have a great time.
Q: Will there be hand sanitizer available?A: Yes, all businesses are required to provide hand sanitizer and you will have it in your hotel room. However, we still recommend you bring your own to use along the way, which you can buy online from shops like Sustainable Travel Store, ZSkin or Germproof.
Q: Are there other things I should think to bring with me?A: Other than the usual things like a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, Biodegradable Sunscreen or After-Sun Lotion, you may want to consider boosting your immune system with a product like Airborne or Germ-Proof or with Vitamins, but as long as you bring hand sanitizer you should have all the precautions you need.
If you will be doing water activities we always recommend to bring a Rash Guard or Wet-Shirt to protect you from the sun and protect the environment, and you may wish to bring your own Snorkeling Gear, though it will be provided for you fully sanitized on our tours if you don't.
Q: Is Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) Open?A: Yes. It is open to international and domestic flights following strict health protocols for your safety.
Q: Are your Airport Transfers running?A: Yes. You can book your book here your Private Aiport Transfer or Private Bus Transfer.
Q: Does the US have travel restrictions for international travel?A: Not to Mexico. Airlines have been flying between the US and Mexico continuously. However, due to low demand, many routes have been temporarily dropped by the airlines. There is a restriction on land border crossings through September 28th, but this does not affect air travel.
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