Dated March 5, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues running its course, many travelers are itching to leave the United States at a time when it seems like most countries are closed to tourists.
Fortunately, you can still visit Mexico and many of the islands in the Caribbean. This guide explains everything you should know before you book your vacation — and what to expect when you get there.
You Will Likely Need a Negative COVID Test To Visit the Caribbean
Since Caribbean islands that are currently open to Americans have different standards for entry, Taylored Tours will do the research for you before you book a trip. You will most likely need to submit a negative COVID test before you can enter your chosen destination. For travel to Jamaica after March 10, 2021, for example, you need a negative COVID test result within 3 days of your travel date.
There’s No COVID Test Requirement To Enter Mexico – For Now
Where most Caribbean islands are requiring a negative COVID test for entry at minimum, Mexico does not have a testing requirement to visit for now. This means you can book your trip to Mexico and show up at the airport without being tested before you depart, although you will likely be subject to temperature checks and other security measures on both ends of your trip.
Many Resorts Are Open and Ready To Welcome Tourists
Most of the major resort brands in Mexico and the Caribbean are open and ready for business, including major brands like Playa Resorts, Palladium Hotel Group, most Sandals and Beaches properties, and Palace Resorts.
Resorts Are Taking Safety Precautions
To protect tourists and staff, major resort brands are taking extra security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At properties like the Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico, for example, they offer on-site COVID-19 antigen testing, improved ventilation and sanitation, hand sanitizing stations and more.
You May Have the Beach To Yourself
In destinations like Cancun and Los Cabos, many resorts are at or below just 30 percent capacity. This means you can wake up when you want without having to save a seat at the beach or pool, and that you can dine and relax without coming within several yards of your fellow guests.
You Will Need To Wear a Mask on the Plane
President Biden recently signed an executive action that mandates mask-wearing in airports and on planes and other mass transit. You were probably planning to wear a mask anyway, but this is still good to know ahead of time. If you try to fly without wearing a mask, you will likely be booted off your plane.
Resort Deals Abound
Due to increased demand, now is a great time to save money on a vacation package to Mexico or the Caribbean. Even luxury resorts in destinations like Turks and Caicos, Mexico and Jamaica have lowered their rates, and you can save. For example, right now you can book an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya in June for less than $300 per night. Contact Taylored Tours to find your perfect vacation package.
You Will Need a Negative COVID Test To Return Home To the US
As of January 2021, travelers arriving in the United States from international locations like the Caribbean and Mexico are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test to board their plane home. This negative test result must be from within 3 days of the travel date to be eligible.
Many Resorts Are Offering On-Site Testing for Free
Fortunately, many resort brands are offering on-site testing for travelers. This means you can enjoy your vacation and let the resort take care of testing and delivering your results.
Quarantine May Also Be Covered by Your Resort
For a limited time, some resort brands are even including free quarantine in the event you test positive for COVID-19 before you depart from your trip.
In-Flight Refreshment Options Have Changed
Gone are the days of boozy flights and full meals served on fine china in business class — at least for now. Thanks to the pandemic, most airlines are offering little more than snack bags with bottled water, a Biscoff cookie and some crackers. The bottom line: You may want to pack some food for your flight.
You Can Still Have a Good Time
Only you can decide whether to travel right now — and under what terms. If you decide to head to Mexico or the Caribbean for vacation, don’t let the few extra steps required to ruin your trip. When you plan your trip with Taylored Tours, we will keep you informed of the latest travel updates and the requirements and documents you will need for travel, so you can enjoy a tropical vacation you will remember for years to come.