Cabo San Lucas is one of the most popular touristic destinations in the entire world. This beautiful city is well known for its gorgeous beaches, incredible landscapes, vibrant nightlife, and delicious food, and it offers a wide range of activities for everyone in the family. If you are planning your next adventure in Los Cabos, then you probably are wondering how the COVID situation is and how you could plan a safe trip.
Staying informed about the COVID status in Cabo San Lucas is the best way to protect yourself and your family, while still enjoying your time here. In this post, we will share with you all the information that you need to know about COVID in Los Cabos, regulations, preventive measures, and safety protocols.
Cabo San Lucas is a paradise that offers you an unforgettable time
Los Cabos has something to offer to everybody in the family. No matter if you are looking for a relaxing time or to have fun, the city has many activities for you. From beautiful landscapes and stunning sunsets to water activities and fun parties, Los Cabos is the perfect destination for all friends and family that want to enjoy life to the fullest.
In Cabo San Lucas you can explore all the beaches, go snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, hiking, golfing, and so much more! If you prefer more relaxing activities, you can discover the downtown of the city, enjoy the beautiful sunset with a sunset cruise, have a close encounter with whales in a whale-watching excursion, and unwind in one of the world-class resorts.
Cabo San Lucas’s current COVID situation
Before planning your trip to Los Cabos it is important to inform yourself about the current COVID situation in the region. Staying updated on the latest regulations and safety measures will help ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation.
Keep in mind that we are curating this post on a specific date, July 2023, and that the information collected here might not be relevant or accurate for when you are visiting. We always recommend checking official sources to stay updated on the current COVID panorama of Cabo San Lucas. This can help you to plan ahead and prepare for a safe trip.
Here is a general overview of the current situation in the city:
Is it safe to travel to Cabo San Lucas?
As we are writing this, July 2023, Cabo San Lucas and the state of Baja California Sur have reached the Green Level of sanitary alerts, the lowest COVID threat. This means that the number of cases in the area has decreased drastically, all non-essential activities are open and active, and minimal restrictions exist.
All hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other services are open and active. Even though there are minimal restrictions and lower rates of contagiousness, you can ask each place about their safety and hygiene protocols to make sure that your stay here is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Do I need to wear a mask while visiting Los Cabos?
There is no longer a need to wear masks when you are in public, including public transportation and Los Cabos International Airport. Masks are optional, and you can use them to prevent and follow health and safety protocols.
Are negative test results mandatory to visit Cabo San Lucas?
No, presenting a negative covid test is not mandatory to enter Mexico. You can travel to Cabo San Lucas without taking the covid test. However, be aware that all vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers can be subject to health screenings and temperature checks. This is to ensure that all travelers have no symptoms.
The only mandatory thing is to fill in a health questionnaire before arrival and then at departure. This is just to confirm that you have no symptoms that could be related to COVID. You can take it online, and it will give you a QR code that you can screenshot and keep with you to show officials.
Do children need to take the COVID test before traveling?
No. Just like adults, children don’t need to present a negative test result to enter Cabo San Lucas. All passengers can visit Los Cabos without taking any tests. However, kids will need to fill out their health questionnaire too.
Is there COVID testing in Los Cabos International Airport?
Yes, you can find a testing facility at the airport. You can take the antigen test, which costs around $25 and you get your results in 45 minutes. You can also take the PCR test, which is about $70 and you can get your results between 24-72 hours.
However, you can also find many other facilities around the city and you will be able to take covid tests if you need them. You can check locations on the Los Cabos Tourism Board website.
Quarantine requirement: is it needed?
No. Currently, you don’t need to quarantine at your arrival. Since Cabo San Lucas is at the lowest level of threat, you can go out and enjoy the city as soon as you land here.
The only exception to this rule is if you show symptoms or test positive. In this scenario, you need to isolate yourself for about 3 full days, or until you are not presenting fever in a period of 24 hrs.
Do I need to take a COVID test for my return flight?
Even though you don’t need to take tests to visit Mexico, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of needing it for your flight home. Depending on your country’s current safety protocols you might need to take a test.
We recommend researching previously on your country’s government website, embassy, or consulate. These official institutions can guide you through the current regulations and travel restrictions. Only through your local authorities, you will find out if you need to test negative to go back home.
What happens if I test positive while being in Cabo San Lucas?
In case you test positive prior to your return flight, you will need to follow CDC guidelines. If you have symptoms, you need to isolate yourself until the symptoms disappear, at least 24 hours free of fever without using fever-reducing medication.
If you have no symptoms, you need to isolate yourself for 3 full days, and then you can go out following the health and safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization, like social distancing, wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer, and so on.
You can take COVID tests in testing facilities all around the city. Some hotels and resorts can even provide you with an antigen test administered by medical personnel.
The ideal will be to seek medical attention and wait for a negative COVID-19 test before traveling again.
However, be aware that for most countries, including the U.S., you don’t need a negative COVID-19 test to go back. Make sure to check the current guidelines that your home country has.
Do I need to take a COVID test to return to the U.S.?
No. Currently, The U.S. has no requirement for covid testing prior to travel. You can go back to the U.S. without needing a negative test. However, as we mentioned earlier, it is recommended to take tests and wait for a negative result to travel.
As always, it is best to check the U.S. guidelines before your trip so you can stay updated with the current safety protocols for international flights.
Does the United States have travel restrictions for international and domestic flights?
As we are writing this, in July 2023, the United States has no restrictions for international travel. You don’t need a negative COVID-19 test to enter, there is also no need for a face mask. Domestic flights are also unaffected, and all air travelers can aboard without any restriction.
Can I plan a group event in Cabo San Lucas?
Yes! Currently, Cabo San Lucas is at a low threat level, therefore all reunions and events are possible.
If you are looking for a luxurious event, you cannot miss the opportunity to host a big party in one of our yachts. At La Isla Tour, we help you plan birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, vow renewals, proposals, friends’ getaways, and so much more!
Our exclusive service includes an open bar and gourmet food prepared by a renowned Mexican chef onboard to delight you and all your guests!
What are the COVID-related requirements to take cruise ships?
At this moment, there are no requirements or restrictions to take a cruise ship in Cabo San Lucas. All air or sea travel is free of restrictions. Of course, if you develop symptoms it will be best to postpone your experience, but other than that, you can take your next cruise adventure.
What precautions can you take to have a safe experience in Los Cabos?
Even though Cabo San Lucas is currently at a low threat level, you might want to take some precautions and follow health protocols to assure your and your family’s safety. Also, we recommend always staying informed and doing your own research on trustworthy and reputable official sources like government websites, local health departments, and news outlets.
Some of the best recommendations to have a safe experience in Los Cabos includes:
Make your research and stay updated
Before coming to Los Cabos, stay informed about what is the current COVID situation by checking official sources. International outlets, government websites, and local health departments are some reputable sources to stay updated. Currently, Cabo San Lucas is a low threat for COVID, but this could change.
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others is by getting vaccinated against COVID. Fully vaccinated travelers will have fewer chances of getting sick or having minor symptoms in comparison to unvaccinated travelers. This not only protects you, but also contributes to the overall safety of the city.
Search for safe accommodations
The Mexican tourism industry has adapted to COVID, so most hotels and resorts will have strict health and safety protocols. Check online for reviews and information on their health protocols, and if needed, ask the staff about the current measures.
It is important that these protocols include exhaustive cleaning practices of the hotel room and offers any needed arrangement, especially if you have underlying health conditions that could put you at risk.
Pack all the health supplies that are needed
It might not be needed, but it is best to pack some face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. There are not mandatory in any place, but they can help you feel more relaxed and protected in crowded areas.
Among all the health protocols, the best recommendation is to practice safe social distancing. Try to avoid crowded places, especially in indoor places. Opt for open or ventilated locations, outdoors, and less crowded situations. If people around you show any symptoms, it is best to stay 6 feet away to prevent any contact.
Plan outdoor activities
Outdoor activities are the best choice to minimize the risk of COVID transmission. Fortunately, Cabo San Lucas offers a wide range of activities. Regardless of what you like, you can find something to do here.
Some options can be snorkeling, hiking, beach walks, scuba diving, booking private cruise excursions, jet skiing, paddle boarding, golfing, surfing, exploring downtown, and so much more!
Be aware of local regulations
During your stay in Cabo San Lucas, be aware of the current local regulations. If by the time you come to the city, the guidelines change, stay updated and follow all the mandates that the health authorities are presenting. Respect any specific rules implemented by businesses and attractions.
Be aware of your health during the trip
One of the best recommendations is to always stay aware of your health. During and after the trip, be mindful of any symptoms or changes in your health. Some signs can be difficulty breathing, soar throat, fever, low energy levels or fatigue, and poor appetite.
If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical attention immediately and follow the local protocols for testing and isolation.
Explore the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean with La Isla Tour excursions
With 17 years of experience, at La Isla Tour we know the best way to navigate the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure, then you cannot miss the opportunity to go with us on a snorkeling tour, whale-watching excursion, or sunset cruise!
All of our packs include drinks and snacks, snorkeling gear, and paddle boards. All you need to have fun and relax while enjoying the stunning view of Los Cabos’ landmarks.
If you want to plan an event, you can also host your party in a luxury boat with us! Our wonderful fleet is equipped with all you need to have fun and create beautiful memories with your loved ones. Throw birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, vow renewals, proposals, friend reunions, and so much more!
Our luxury boats include delicious gourmet food prepared by a famous Mexican chef onboard, and an open bar to delight all your guests! All of these while cruising around the most gorgeous locations in the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
Contact us now to book your next adventure!