May 23 th, 2020
As the travel and tourism industry continues to be impacted internationally by the COVID-19 with more than 5,103,006 cases worldwide (as of May 23th, 2020) it is important for the Los Cabos Tourism Board to proactively engage with industry partners and stakeholders and communicate the state of travel to the destination.
The spread of the virus has impacted Los Cabos and all confirmed cases have been in quarantine and are under close medical supervision to avoid the spread of the virus. Real-time updates of COVID-19 in Baja California Sur can be found here: https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/
It is important to take a proactive step to communicate to the travel trade industry all safety measures that are being implemented by the destination to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community.
The following toolkit is intended to equip you to better respond to incoming inquiries from tourists looking to travel to the destination during the following months.
SOME KEY MESSAGES
- The Los Cabos Tourism Board continues to monitor the situation and communicate guidance offered by the Mexican authorities. Travel information related to the coronavirus is being shared on our digital channels.
- Tourism is the heartbeat of Los Cabos. 90% of our population depends on this industry and we are committed to effectively communicate the latest updates on the virus in the destination.
- The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority and special protocols have been implemented by the airport and port, which are the only ports of entry for international travelers.
- As of March 20th, 2020, the U.S. government announced the temporary closing of the U.S. and Mexico border to nonessential travel in response to the global impact of COVID-19. Also, given the recent cancellations announced by all main cruise lines internationally, the Cruise Port in Los Cabos is not welcoming any cruises at this time.
- On March 30th, 2020, the Federal and State Authorities declared a national health emergency in the country.
- On April 16th, 2020, the Federal and State Authorities announced that it will be necessary to extend social distancing measures and the closure of non-essential businesses through May 30th, 2020.
- Starting on April 20th, 2020, the Los Cabos International Airport will coordinate all air traffic activity through its main terminal (Terminal 1) due to lowered activity and demand. The international terminal (Terminal 2) will temporarily close and international flights will depart from Terminal 1 and arrive at the General Aviation building (FBO). Flight activity will not be restricted. The international terminal is expected to re-open July 15th, 2020 or depending on increased flight traffic.
- On April 21st, 2020, the Ministry of Health announced that Mexico has entered Phase 3 of its emergency plan to fight against the spread of the virus across the country. Phase 3 implements the following measures to be taken across the nation: increased social distancing, the cancellation of large events, the temporary suspension of all gatherings and events in public or private locations, such as movie theaters, stadiums, shopping malls and classes at all educational levels. Phase 3 will also implement a suspension of activity in workplaces that present an active outbreak of the virus.
- On April 24th, 2020, the State of Baja California Sur announced additional measures to limit the spread of the virus and encourage people to stay home. Within these measures, it’s declared people must only be outside of their homes for essential purposes, such as grocery shopping or essential business. They must be alone while out of the home, including while driving, unless for an otherwise justified cause. People who are exhibiting symptoms and must leave their homes to seek medical attention must wear a mask. Those who do not comply with these new and previous measures will be subject to government action, such as fines and arrest. These measures are in effect April 25th, 2020 through May 30th, 2020.
- All national and international travelers are encouraged to postpone their upcoming vacations and trips to Los Cabos in an effort to avoid the spread of the virus across the state.
- Los Cabos’ private and public sectors have agreed to pause all activities related to tourism throughout the duration of the non-essential business closure orders. This includes restaurants, bars, and public beaches. In addition, hotels, resorts, timeshares, and online platforms, like Airbnb, will be restricting operations through May 30th, 2020 as well.
- Real-time situation of Coronavirus in Baja California Sur
- Government of Mexico, Health Department
- COVID-19 Country Updates (In Spanish)
- US Department of State
- Travel Recommendation on Cruise Ship Passenger
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)