Green Card Holders Can Now Travel to Mexico amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Green card holders can now travel to Mexico for leisure or business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but are advised to take precautions.

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Introduction

As the United States continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that green card holders are now able to travel to Mexico. This announcement comes as a relief to many who have been unable to travel outside of the country since the pandemic began.

It is important to note that, while green card holders are now able to travel to Mexico, they must still follow all CDC guidelines regarding travel during the pandemic. This includes getting a negative COVID-19 test within three days of their flight and quarantine upon their return to the United States.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is an identification card that proves that you are a permanent resident of the United States of America. If you have a Green Card, you are allowed to live and work permanently in the United States. You can also travel freely in and out of the country.

What are the requirements for traveling to Mexico?

U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) who travel outside the United States for less than one year and meet all other requirements* will now be able to apply for a new passport card without having to first obtain a Green Card replacement from USCIS.

In order to apply for the passport card, applicants must submit:
-A completed Form DS-82, Application for a U.S. Passport by Mail
-One color passport photo
-Your most recent Green Card
-Proof of identity (such as a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID)
-Proof of U.S. Citizenship (such as a birth or naturalization certificate)
-The application fee ($110 for adults, $30 for children 16 and younger)

For more information on how to apply for the passport card, please visit the U.S. State Department’s website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html#newpassportcard

What are the risks associated with traveling to Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Mexico due to COVID-19, recommending that U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential travel to the country.

While some Mexican states have reopened for tourism, the CDC still recommends deferring travel to Mexico at this time. Travelers should be aware of the risks associated with COVID-19 and take precautions to protect themselves and others, such as wearing a mask, washing hands often, and maintaining social distancing.

Those who do choose to travel to Mexico should avoid crowded places and contact with sick people, as well as get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after returning home and self-quarantine for 7 days.

What are the benefits of traveling to Mexico?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people are wondering if it is safe to travel. The U.S. government has recently updated its travel advisory for Mexico, and green card holders are now able to travel to Mexico for essential purposes. While the pandemic has forced many changes to travel plans, there are still some benefits to traveling to Mexico.

Safety:
One of the main concerns when travelling during a pandemic is safety. Mexico has been working hard to keep its citizens safe from COVID-19, and the country has put in place a number of safety measures. These measures include mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces, social distancing requirements, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols in hotels and resorts.

Affordability:
Another benefit of travelling to Mexico during the pandemic is affordability. Due to the decrease in tourism, many hotels and resorts are offering discounts on room rates. This makes it a great time to visit Mexico if you are looking for a bargain.

Precautions:
Of course, it is important to take precautions when travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before you travel, be sure to check the latest travel advisories from the U.S. government and your local health authorities. When you are in Mexico, be sure to follow all safety protocols and guidelines from local authorities.

How to travel to Mexico safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. government has lifted its travel ban to Mexico for green card holders, but there are still some risks to consider before booking a trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning to travel to Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic:

-Check with your airline or tour company to make sure your flight or trip hasn’t been cancelled due to the pandemic.
-Mexico is currently under a Level 2 Travel Advisory from the U.S. State Department, which means that travelers should exercise increased caution due to crime and violence.
-Prior to travel, make sure you have all the necessary documents required for entry into Mexico, including a passport and a tourist visa (if required).
-Be sure to check the latest CDC travel advisories for Mexico and follow all recommended steps for keeping yourself safe from COVID-19 while traveling.
-Pack plenty of face masks and hand sanitizer, and practice good hygiene while in Mexico.

What to do if you get sick while in Mexico

If you are a green card holder and have been in Mexico within the last 14 days, you should:
-Monitor your health and, if you have any symptoms, self-isolate and contact a healthcare professional;
-Wear a face mask when around others;
-Practice physical distancing by avoiding close contact with people outside of your household;
-Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
-Avoid sharing personal items such as dishes, towels, or bedding with others in your household;
-Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

What to do if you are denied entry into Mexico

If you are a legal permanent resident of the United States (holder of a Green Card), you are now able to travel to Mexico for essential travel purposes. However, if you attempt to travel to Mexico without the proper documentation, you may be denied entry.

To ensure smooth entry into Mexico, be sure to bring the following documentation with you:
-A valid passport
-A valid U.S. Green Card
-Proof of essential travel (such as a letter from your employer or an invitation from a family member)
-A negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of your flight

Resources for Green Card holders traveling to Mexico

Green Card holders can now travel to Mexico amid COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as welcome news to many who have been stranded outside of the country for months. While the situation is still fluid and ever-changing, we have gathered some resources to help make your travel as smooth and safe as possible.

Before You Travel:
-Check the latest travel advisories from the US Department of State
-Check with your airline or cruise line to see what their policies are regarding travel to Mexico
-If you are sick, or have been in contact with someone who is sick, do not travel
-Get travel insurance that covers COVID-19

While in Mexico:
-Wear a face mask when in public spaces
-Practice social distancing
-Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer

Conclusion

Overall, the Mexican government has been handling the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well and has taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus. For this reason, it is now possible for green card holders to travel to Mexico amid the pandemic. However, it is important to note that travelers should still take precautions and be aware of the risks involved in traveling during a global pandemic.

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