Travelers to Jalisco, home to famous Puerto Vallarta, will be required proof of vaccination and testing to enter multiple tourist venues, announced Jalisco Governor earlier this week. Other Mexican cities followed suit.
Starting Jan. 14, customers will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test or a vaccine certificate to enter pubs, clubs, casinos, concerts, and other facilities like convention centers and stadiums.
Those over 18 must now present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Negative PCR tests will be only valid for 48 hours.
According to Forbes Mexico, Tlaxcala, which is located east of Mexico City, will also require proof of vaccination to enter businesses such as hotels, shopping centers, cafeterias, supermarkets, and taquerias.
Likewise, the State of Baja California has urged establishments such as bars and restaurants to require guests 18 and older to produce proof of vaccination or a PCR test performed within five days of entering.
It’s worth noting that, unlike in other cities, vaccination and testing to enter public indoor spaces in Baja California is a suggestion rather than a requirement.
These restrictions are being imposed as a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases in Mexico, including in Jalisco, after the Christmas travel season.
The country is reporting more than 26,400 new cases each day, and only 58.4 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to Reuters
Data gathered by The Washington Post show that daily cases in the country have increased by some 174 percent week over week.
More restrictions. Starting Jan. 22, 2022, the U.S. will require essential foreign travelers crossing U.S. land borders or ferry terminals to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
American citizens and rightful US residents are still allowed to enter the country regardless of their immunization status, but they must undergo further testing.