Safety information for your next trip to Los Cabos
Los Cabos Tourism Board is committed to timely communicating the state of travel to the destination to all travelers and industry partners. In this website, you will find the latest information, health and safety protocols, and key initiatives implemented across the destination to prevent the spread of the virus while traveling to Los Cabos.
If you are traveling from/to Canada please click here.
US travelers please continue reading
As of December 6th, 2021, the U.S. requires air travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to provide a negative test within 1 day of their departure.
These measures look to strengthen the current health and safety protocols that have been implemented by the U.S. government for international travelers and further support Los Cabos’ commitment to providing a safe travel environment to all travelers.
To support testing requirements, travelers visiting Los Cabos will find COVID-19 testing widely available at all hotels, resorts, villas, timeshares, selected medical facilities, and at the airport for emergency situations. Los Cabos’ testing program provides a convenient, safe, and easy way for tourists to get tested within 1 day prior to their departure.
Travelers returning to the U.S. are required to meet the following:
Foreign travelers to the U.S
Will continue to be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day of departure before boarding a U.S. bound airplane.
Unvaccinated U.S. citizens returning to the U.S.
From international destinations will continue to be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day of departure before boarding a U.S. bound airplane.
Vaccinated U.S. citizens returning to the U.S.
From international destinations will now be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day of departure before boarding a U.S. bound airplane.
Arrival and Departure Process for U.S.
Step 1 – Fill out the official entry form.
All foreign citizens traveling to Mexico must fill out the Multiple Immigration Form. Some airlines no longer hand out these forms onboard, we recommend you to fill out and print yours online prior to arrival. This document will need to be printed double-sided.Multiple Immigration Form (FMM)
Step 2 – Fill out the customs declaration form.
You’ll need to fill out the customs declaration form both prior to arriving Mexico and prior to departure from Mexico to your home country. You’ll present this form to the customs officer upon arrival.
Once you finish filling out the information, you will get a QR code, save it so you can show it at customs.Fill out this document online here
Step 1 – Get a negative COVID-19 test result
And fill out your attestation form all airlines are required to confirm a negative test result for all passengers returning to the U.S. Your test must be taken within 1 day of your departure. You’ll need to submit this to your airline either online or in person. Submit an attestation (written documentation) to the U.S. Government, through your airline, that you are COVID- 19 negative or have recently recovered from COVID-19. Each passenger will be required to submit a form within 1 day of their departure flight.Download form
Step 2 – Fill out the Multiple Immigration Form
All foreign citizens departing Mexico must provide the Multiple Immigration Form that was presented at the arrival.
Step 3 – Complete your airline’s procedures
All Airlines have their own requirements in order to board your plane home, so make sure you have the needed documentation.
COVID FAQ's for Travelers
1. Do I need proof of a Negative test in order to enter Los Cabos?
Los Cabos does not require travelers to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter. However, there are a number of other health requirements that travelers must follow to enter, such as the Health Declaration Form.Arrivals and Departures Protocols
2. What vaccines are approved or authorized to enter the U.S.?
All CDC accepted COVID-19 vaccines can be viewed here. Vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/J&J, and additional vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization also include AstraZeneca-Oxford, Covaxin, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, Sinovac and Novavax/Covovax.
3. Am I required to take a test before boarding my international flight home?
Be sure to consult your home country’s requirements for re-entry. Travelers departing to countries with a requirement to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight home, such as the U.S. and Canada, must arrange a COVID-19 test accordingly.
The CDC requires all air passengers above the age of two returning to the U.S. to get a viral test within 1 day before their flight to the U.S departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (written or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
The Government of Canada requires all air travelers five years of age or older to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result to the airline prior to boarding any international flights bound for Canada. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the traveler's scheduled departure.
4. Can the airline deny boarding a plane if a COVID-19 negative test is not presented before boarding?
Yes. For flights departing to destinations that require a negative test, airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
5. What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?
Yes, all air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.
6. Do children need to get tested as well?
Yes. According to the CDC, anyone above the age of 2 must get tested before departure.
7. Where can I take a test?
All hotels, villas, timeshares and most lodging facilities are equipped with the Antigen test and medical personnel to administer the test, along with the medical certification that is acceptable by the CDC. The process is safe, fast, and simple and results can be provided as soon as 40 minutes.
The PCR test is administered at specific locations, including hospitals and laboratories.
Additionally, the Los Cabos International Airport will have a testing station to provide the Antigen and PCR test during emergency situations.For more information, please see here.
8. What is the cost of the test?
The cost of the test varies depending on the testing facility and the type of test. However, Los Cabos Tourism Board is working in partnership with the private sector to ensure the test is provided at affordable pricing. As an example, the Antigen test starts as low as $40 USD at some locations, and some hotels are even offering additional discounts or as a courtesy service to their guests. Please call directly to the verified facilities or your hotel to learn more about costs.
9. Are there enough tests available in Los Cabos?
Yes. Los Cabos’ tourism authorities are working in partnership with the hotels, local, and state authorities to ensure testing is widely available and offered to all travelers visiting the destination. Additionally, all hotels and timeshares in the destination are equipped with the Antigen test and medical personnel to provide the test. Hotels, hospitals and labs in the destination offer the medical certificates in the form needed by CDC.
10. What happens if I test positive?
Los Cabos follows CDC guidelines around quarantine and isolation, which can be found here. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days and delay their travel. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery. You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. If you had no symptoms and tested positive, you can leave isolation after 5 full days.
11. How long do I have to quarantine if I test positive for COVID-19?
Los Cabos follows CDC guidelines around quarantine and isolation, which can be found here. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate themselves from other people for at least 5 full days and will need to delay their travel.
12. Are there lodging facility options for those travelers that test positive for COVID-19?
Hotels and resorts will offer special accommodations and discounted rates to facilitate this process. Please contact your hotel for specific information on health and safety protocols. For visitors seeking alternative accommodations for their isolation period, please find below the list of the hotels that offer accommodations for covid travelers at a discounted rate:
- City Express Plus
- City Express Suites
- Holiday Inn Express
- Quintas del Sol
- Medano Hotel
13. Are restaurants in Los Cabos open?
Yes, restaurants in Los Cabos are open, working under modified operations in order to comply with the government of the state of Baja California Sur’s guidance. Restaurants must maintain an occupancy rate of approximately 1 person per 6.5 square feet and operate at capped capacities.
14. Can I receive a hotel reservation refund if I had to cancel my Los Cabos trip due to COVID-19?
Los Cabos is committed to supporting all travelers during their journey and has implemented a more flexible reservation policy. We encourage guests to maintain an open dialogue with hotels and timeshare hosts to address any concerns and modify reservations when needed. Hotels properties and timeshares are working with impacted guests to find alternative times according to their needs, current travel restrictions, and the COVID-19 outlook. Each hotel has specific guidelines, so travelers are encouraged to speak to a representative of the hotel to discuss their options.
15. Can I travel between the US and Los Cabos? Are there any travel restrictions to Los Cabos? Are the US and Mexico borders open?
As of today, there are no travel restrictions to Los Cabos. The airport remains open to international and domestic flights. Be sure to consult your home country’s travel guidance and airline on re-entry and be prepared for additional screening upon your return. As this situation continues to evolve, we advise all travelers to check the U.S. State Department website for current and reliable information.
Is there any impact on flight operations at the Los Cabos International Airport? The airport remains open to international and domestic flights. Flight activity is not restricted. Airlines currently flying between the U.S. and Los Cabos include American, Alaska, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue and United.
16. Is the Port of Los Cabos operating?
Yes. But we suggest contacting your cruise line directly.
17. Is Los Cabos implementing any health protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the destination?
Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of travelers, their loved ones and our community. The Los Cabos Tourism Board works with national and local health authorities, hospitals, care units, airport, port, hotels, resorts, and travel partners to implement health and security protocols to protect the people, share resources and maintain regular communication.
Los Cabos with Care – A Safer Way to Get Away is Los Cabos’ health and safety protocol system in place for fighting against the spread of infection. The seven-step system evaluates and strictly implements health and safety protocols across the airport, transportation, accommodations, restaurants and bars, tour activities, the beach and throughout the local community. The system is implemented in partnership with Intertek Cristal, the highest standard of health and safety protocols in the industry.
Los Cabos’ health and safety protocols are aligned with the protocols expected by the Mexico federal government. The destination is working toward getting businesses to obtain a "Clean Point" (Punto Limpio) certification, which is offered by the Mexico federal government for businesses strictly adhering to hygiene protocols.
Los Cabos earned The World Travel & Tourism Council´s (WTTC) stamp of approval for its newly designed @Safe Travels@ badge, qualified by adopting WTTC´s standardized health and hygiene protocols across the destination.
Los Cabos achieved Sharecare health security verification, becoming the world’s first VERIFIED™ travel destination. This designation signifies that the majority of the hotels and resorts in the destination continue to ensure that their health protocols are in compliance with over 360 expert-validated global standards.
Additionally, Los Cabos has enforced a flexible travel policy across all hotel properties and streamlined the communication protocols between hotels, suppliers, and local authorities to further help keep the community and travelers safe and healthy.
18. Are there any recommendations when traveling to Los Cabos?
How can I help to avoid getting the virus while traveling to Los Cabos? It is recommended for travelers to take extra precautions to protect themselves and others while traveling.
It is recommended to:
- Apply increased personal hygiene practices, such as frequent and thorough hand washing as strictly as possible, particularly upon entering and exiting shared locations, such as airplanes, restaurants, hotels and group activities, as well as after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Follow the Baja California Sur’s State authority’s mandate to wear a mask or face covering at all times when interacting with others who are not members of your household in public or private spaces, except for certain instances, such as when eating, drinking, swimming, etc.
- Carry hand sanitizer for personal use when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Maintain appropriate distance from others and limit shared contact with others when possible.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Expect increased health and safety protocols implemented throughout the destination.
- Pay attention to your health for 14 days after returning to the U.S. Stay home and seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing.
- Avoid traveling and contact with others if you are sick. Stay home and seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing.
- Consider underlying health conditions and avoid situations that put yourself at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel, such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.
Visit the CDC's webpage for additional information about COVID-19.Visit the CDC's webpage for additional information about COVID-19.
19. Do I have to wear mask when traveling and throughout my vacation?
It is required under the Baja California Sur’s State authority’s mandate for all individuals to wear a mask or face covering at all times when interacting with others who are not members of their household in public or private spaces, except for certain instances, such as when eating, drinking, swimming, etc.
20. Where can I get the latest updates related to COVID-19 in Los Cabos?
Real-time updates of COVID-19 in Baja California Sur can be found at https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/
21. Is there a hotline where we can call to ask for information and assistance?
If you are in Baja California Sur, you can call 800-0044-800. People feeling sick should stay at home and call the state’s emergency line 800-BCS-COVID (800-227-26843) to be evaluated by a doctor. People who are exhibiting symptoms and must leave their homes to seek medical attention must wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others and to comply with the Baja California Sur’s State authority’s mandate for all individuals to wear a mask or face covering at all times when interacting with others who are not members of their household in public or private spaces, except for certain instances. For any additional information, you can call the English-speaking BCS COVID-19 hotline number at +52 612 199 5386.
22. Is there a trusted source of COVID-19 we can access?
For a global resource on COVID-19, you can visit the website of the World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/. Real-time updates of COVID-19 in Baja California Sur, where Los Cabos is located, can be found in: https://coronavirus.bcs.gob.mx/english/. You may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website for additional information about COVID 19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.