Americans Are Flocking to Mexico. Should They Be?

“Bookings have never slowed down during Covid,” she said, noting that some resorts plan to start fees for the tests later this month, with prices ranging from $ 50 to $ 150.

In Los Cabos, Mr. Chung paid $ 40 for his Covid test.

Lynda Hower, a Pittsburgh travel agent, was vacationing in the Cancun area with her family earlier this month. She said the airport’s customs lines were crowded with multiple flights landing at the same time, resulting in little social distancing. To reach the resort, she opted for a private transfer. A few days before returning home, the family was tested free of charge at the resort and received their negative result by SMS at the pool.

“It was very professional,” she said, noting that she got the results in 20 minutes.

The state of Jalisco, home of Puerto Vallarta, is green on the traffic light system and it’s not difficult to spot a tourist in the city, especially since travel has increased this year.

“The majority are still masked down here, and if someone isn’t masked, you can assume they’re a tourist,” said Robert Nelson, a native Californian who lives in Puerto Vallarta and the subscription website Expats operates in Mexico. “We’re working hard to get more people vaccinated, but we need a little help from visitors to comply with local regulations.”

But even compliant travelers will find that the experience has changed due to fewer visitors or security protocols.

“Don’t expect to be able to stay in bars and take shots until 4 or 5 in the morning,” added Nelson.

In San Miguel de Allende, the popular colonial town in Guanajuato, central Mexico, public statues wear masks and anyone entering the central square must go through an arch that sprays disinfectant. Local police warn visitors to wear their masks or pull up, and they have been known to take scofflaws to jail for breaking the rules.

Ann Kuffner, an American retiree who has lived in San Miguel de Allende for three years, tells friends who want to visit to wait until the fall, when vaccination rates are higher and the events that San Miguel is known for, such as Day of the Dead celebrations, can safely return.

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