Central America

Travel to Mexico, Cuba & Central America: Travel Restrictions Update

Tara Sutherland

Tara Sutherland  |  26 October 2021

Where can I travel to at the moment? This guide will give you an overview of the travel restrictions currently in place in Mexico, Cuba & Central America.

As Central America destination specialists we have contacts on the ground throughout Central America for up-to-date advice on where to travel in Central America. With 24-hour support on the ground, we also help you to travel with confidence.

Much of Mexico, Cuba & Central America is open for International Travellers, just with COVID-19 protocols in place. Be sure to check our destinations below, and the current travel restrictions in place to see where you can travel now.

And don’t forget: Please make sure your passport is up to day with at least 6 months validity!

If you are looking for information on South America, please see here

Mexico

Status:  OPEN for travel

Although Mexico had high cases of COVID-19 they have remained open, using a traffic light (or “stoplight”) system to add or ease restrictions and movements in certain areas. For more about this system please check here 

Current requirements to travel to Mexico:

  • Travellers to Mexico must complete a health declaration form.

  • There are currently NO requirements to produce a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination to enter the country.

 

Cuba

Status:  OPEN for travel

The majority of the population is vaccinated, and life is starting to return to normal. Travelling to Cuba is possible. 

Current requirements to travel to Cuba:

  • Present a Covid vaccination certificate (except for those under 12)

  • Passengers could be subject to  PCR test on arrival and be subject to medical screening. If a positive result is received, travellers will be transferred to a hospital, and all costs will be at the traveller’s expense.

  • All arrivals must complete a Sanitary Statement for Travellers.

 

Belize

Status:  OPEN for travel

Belize has reopened to international tourism with all airports and land borders open.

The country has implemented a Tourism Gold Standard program designed to enhance the health and safety standards of hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and other relevant businesses to ensure the safety of all travellers from arrival to departure. Since August 2021, all international travellers entering the country must present a negative result of an approved COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status. Travellers must also provide confirmation of a minimum 3-night stay at an approved Gold Standard Hotel in the country.

Current requirements to travel to Belize, for those over 5 years old:

  • Present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test – taken within 96 hours of departure OR a negative result of an approved Antigen Test within 48 hours of departure.

  • Confirm a minimum 3-night stay at a Belize Tourism Board Gold Standard Certified Hotel.

  • All travellers entering Belize through the Northern and Western Borders will be administered a Rapid Test for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Wellness at their own expense.

Visit the Belize travel website for more information.

 

Guatemala

Status:  OPEN for travel

Land and air borders began reopening in late 2020. International travellers can enter Guatemala, providing they meet the current entry requirements.

Please double check the situation again at time of travel, as stricter regulations, such as curfews, were recently introduced to reduce a recent increase in COVID-19 transmission in the community.

Current requirements to travel to Guatemala, for those 10 years and over:

  • All passengers must present either a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure, or a complete COVID vaccination course – completed at least two weeks before arrival, or documented recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival.

 

Honduras

Status:  OPEN for travel

Land and air borders are open for travel

Current requirements to travel to Honduras:

  • All passengers must present either a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure, or a complete COVID vaccination course – completed at least two weeks before arrival.

  • A completed immigration pre check must be submitted on arrival, it can be completed beforehand here

 

El Salvador

Status:  OPEN for travel

Land and air borders are open for travel

Current requirements to travel to El Salvador:

  • All passengers must present either a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure, or a complete COVID vaccination course – completed at least two weeks before arrival.

 

Nicaragua

Status:  OPEN for travel

Land and air borders are open for travel

Current requirements to travel to Nicaragua:

  • All passengers must present either a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

 

Costa Rica

Status:  OPEN for travel

Costa Rica has one of the highest vaccination rates in Central America, and its borders are open to international travellers. There are no requirements to produce a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Vaccines are not mandatory to enter the country. However, unvaccinated travellers do face stricter requirements regarding travel insurance. All international tourists must complete a digital Health Pass.

Current requirements to travel to Costa Rica:

  • All travellers must complete a digital Health Pass.

  • Unvaccinated travellers must purchase travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease.

Please visit the Visit Costa Rica page for further information.

 

Panama

Status:  OPEN for travel

Panama has one of the highest rates of vaccination in Central America. The country is currently open to all international travellers. However, there are stricter entry requirements for unvaccinated travellers. Curfews remain in place in some areas, and masks are still mandatory in most situations.

Current requirements to travel to Panama:

  • Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result – taken within 72 hours before departure.

  • All travellers are required to present a completed Electronic Health Affidavit to their airline carrier prior to departure.

Please visit the Panama Tourism website for further information.

*This information is changing on a weekly basis, so please be sure to check with us before you travel. 

 

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