U.S. Sending 1 Million Coronavirus Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities, Resort Spots

06/04/2021

Source: NPR

One million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are heading to Mexico from the U.S., with most of the shots set to service resort areas and spots along the border.

The batch of vaccines are part of the 25 million excess doses the White House announced on Thursday would be shipped to other countries around the world. Much of the vaccine distribution will be through COVAX, an international system aimed at helping vaccinate people in the world’s poorest countries.

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FAA Lowers Mexico’s Air-Safety Rating

Date: 05/25/2021

Source: The Wall Street Journal

U.S. officials downgraded Mexico’s air-safety oversight, a setback to the country’s airline industry as travel has started to pick up from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it had demoted Mexico to a Category 2 air-safety ranking and would increase scrutiny of Mexican airline flights into the U.S.

The FAA said its Mexican counterpart, the Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, fell short of international standards. The FAA said it would help Mexican aviation authorities improve their safety oversight.

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AMLO urges US not to downgrade Mexico’s air safety rating

05/24/2021

Source: Aljazeera

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said on Monday that United States authorities should not downgrade Mexico’s air safety designation, arguing that his country is complying with all the relevant norms.

Reuters news agency reported on Friday that the US government is preparing to downgrade Mexico’s aviation safety rating, a move that would bar Mexican carriers from adding new US flights and limit airlines’ ability to carry out marketing agreements.

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US borders with Canada, Mexico to remain closed to nonessential travel through June 21

05/20/2021

Source: USA Today

The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain restricted through at least June 21, with only trade and essential travel allowed until then.

The DHS confirmed the move in a tweet Thursday, but noted it is “working closely with Canada & Mexico to safely ease restrictions as conditions improve.”

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US State Department Raises Travel Advisory for Mexico

04/21/2021

Source: Travel Pulse

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Mexico on Tuesday, advising Americans to avoid travel to the popular vacation destination due to the risk of COVID-19.

Mexico is one of the dozens of countries around the world that have been elevated to Level 4 (Do Not Travel) this spring as the department aims to “better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers’ health.” The State Department will expand its Level 4 advisory to include approximately 80 percent of countries around the world.

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Mexico Plans to Vaccinate All Adults in Popular Tourism Destinations

04/21/2021

Source: Travel Pulse

The Mexican government has announced a plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all adult residents of five popular tourism destinations ahead of the busy summer travel period.

According to Mexico News Daily, federal economy minister Tatiana Clouthier spoke with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador about a plan to vaccinate the adult population of five yet-to-be-determined destinations as part of an effort to encourage tourists to visit through the summer.

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Mexico to Close Its Famous Mayan Ruins After Tourists Violate Mask Policy

03/31/2021

Source: Travel & Leisure

Tourists behaving badly on vacation in Mexico have driven officials to shut one of the country’s most popular archaeological sites over the Easter holiday weekend.

According to the Associated Press, officials in Mexico plan to close Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula from April 1 through April 4 in hopes of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“It is regrettable to see how undisciplined things have become,” Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, acting police chief in Quintana Roo — a state that’s home to hot spots like Tulum, Cancun, and Cozumel — said, the AP reported. He pointed to tourists as the worst offenders, saying “It was truly frustrating to see hundreds of people walking around without face masks.”

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Mexico hopes for tourism rebound as more Americans vaccinate

03/24/2021

Source: NBC News

CANCUN, Mexico — Feeling he can now travel internationally without risking his life, recently-vaccinated American Brian Sheppard hopped on a plane to Mexico’s top beach resort a few days ago to attend the wedding of one of his best friends.

Like other major Mexican tourist draws, Cancun’s all-inclusive hotels along wide stretches of white sand beaches on the Caribbean are benefiting from the steady if uneven global march of coronavirus vaccinations as Mexico prepares for a rebound from one of the worst-ever years for its crucial tourism sector.

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Summer of vaccines stirs hope after sickly year for Mexican tourism

03/23/2021

Source: Reuters

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Feeling he can now travel internationally without risking his life, recently-vaccinated American Brian Sheppard hopped on a plane to Mexico’s top beach resort a few days ago to attend the wedding of one of his best friends.

Like other major Mexican tourist draws, Cancun’s all-inclusive hotels along wide stretches of white sand beaches on the Caribbean are benefiting from the steady if uneven global march of coronavirus vaccinations as Mexico prepares for a rebound from one of the worst-ever years for its crucial tourism sector.

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U.S. Embassy warns Americans to avoid spring break travel to Mexico

03/16/2021

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Even though a sun-soaked escape to Mexico is tempting, the U.S. Embassy is warning Americans to rethink Spring Break and non-essential travel. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are still on the rise in Mexico, according to the U.S. Embassy.

“U.S. citizens should reconsider Spring Break and other non-essential travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. Cases and hospitalizations remain high in most of Mexico,” The U.S. Embassy advisory stated.

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