New US travel restrictions expected to damage Mexico tourism

Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Besides a complete ban on international travel, it can’t get much worse for American travelers who are considering a trip abroad. Mexico is also paying the price as its tourism industry faced a shock with declaration of new travel restrictions by the Biden administration.

After a new testing requirement requiring all Americans to present a proof of a negative Covid-19 antigen test, many travelers have been found to be confused as to where and how to get tested. On top of that, Joe Biden announced a new presidential announcement stating all travelers entering the U.S. from abroad would need to self-quarantine following the CDC’s recommended guidelines of 7-10 days.

The new testing requirements along with self-quarantine basically slams the door shut on week long vacations to Mexico. Only those having an extra week to spare for quarantine besides their vacation will be able to plan a trip south. For many Americans, the extra testing mandate along with 7-10 day quarantine upon returning home is causing a huge decrease in demand for flights to Mexico.

Andrew Nocella, United Airlines’ chief commercial officer said, “The demand trends have not really changed much in most places, including overseas. Where they have changed is in the Mexican beach resort destinations and certain Caribbean resort destinations.”

These results were before Joe Biden’s announcement about the new self-quarantine requirement for American travelers returning home. The new quarantine measures are expected to initiate mass cancelations and an additional decline in demand.

Americans account for approximately 75% of international arrivals in Mexico. In 2019, around 32.9 million U.S. tourists visited Mexico.

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