New direct flights to Cancun from the U.S. and Canada have been announced as the Mexican city continues to rebuild tourism, including dental tourism and medical tourism. However, full recovery of tourism to Mexico is not predicted to happen until 2023.
Although the number of tourists, both national and international, is expected to increase, Mexico will not reach the 2019 levels and the amount lost in 2020 cannot be recovered says the Centre for Research and Tourism Competitiveness (CICOTUR). CICOTUR predicts that a full recovery will not happen until 2023.
Mexico is seeing a resurgence of tourism, and to a lesser extent medical and dental tourism, as Americans decide that the risks of being in Mexico are lower than staying in the USA. Entry requirements do not include any testing or quarantine.
The U.S. Department of State and Centres of Disease Control (CDC) continue to warn that all travelling is unsafe, and the CDC has listed Mexico as a Level 3 risk. This is the highest level of risk, but the same rating as 200 countries including Canada and the USA.
The warning from the CDC says “The CDC recommends travellers avoid all non-essential international travel to Mexico. Travellers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Mexico.”
Cancun has seen the strongest recovery in the country since reopening for tourism in June . Other top destinations including Los Cabos , Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta are also welcoming back tourists.
Mexico never officially closed its borders during the pandemic, although certain regions closed resorts, beaches and tourism related services during the initial wave in March.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has not awarded Mexico overall its Safe Travels Stamp, but major tourist destinations in Mexico including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Mazatlán have earned it separately.