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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Covid-19: "Do Not Travel" remains imposed on Mexico by U.S. State Department

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

At the same time the U.S. State Department has dropped its global “Level 4” health warning urging people not to travel abroad it has imposed that same advisory level on Mexico, because of its deadly epidemic of Covid-19.

Currently, Mexico has the third highest mortality rate due to Covid-19.   

It is 10.6, the U.K. has the highest at 11.8 and Belgium at 11.2.

The United States is at 3.0 with a population of 330M.

A mortality rate is the percentage of deaths resulting from the number of Covid-19 cases.

Currently, Mexico has 69K dead with 643k cases with a population of apx 126million. 

It is prudent to state that Mexico has a history of playing with numbers that reflect negativity on the country. 

Images of large clusters of dug graves in Mexico waiting for burials, have been published on social media with the claim they are for Covid-19 corpses.
United States advisory below:

The number of confirmed and suspected cases is still increasing daily in several regions of Mexico.  Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico State, and Coahuila currently report the highest number of active cases for the preceding two-week period.  The states currently reporting the highest rates of hospital occupancy are Nayarit, Colima, Nuevo Leon, Hidalgo, and Coahuila.  Mexican health authorities have reiterated calls for people to stay home during this time.

On April 16, the Mexican government extended nationwide restrictions on non-essential economic activities in most municipalities.  Schools in Mexico are closed for in-person instruction.  On June 1, the Mexican government began phasing in non-essential economic activities in some states and municipalities using a national “stoplight” system.  The four metrics to determine the colors in the Mexican government’s stoplight system are the trend in numbers of new cases, hospital occupancy trends, current hospital occupancy rates, and percentage of positive cases.

Six states are designated “red” under the federal stoplight system between August 17 and August 30 (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Colima, Hidalgo, Nayarit, and Zacatecas).  Under red, only essential activities are allowed.  Essential activities include: the provision of medical services and supplies, grocery delivery services, operation of grocery stores, restaurant delivery and carryout services, assurance of public safety, maintenance of fundamental economic functions and government social programs, work in critical infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing of transportation equipment.  Hotels are limited to 25 percent occupancy for guests working on critical activities.  Parks are also limited to 25 percent occupancy.

Twenty-five states are designated “orange” under the federal system between August 17 and August 30 (Baja California, Chiapas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Mexico State, Morelos, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, and Yucatán).  Under orange, hotels, restaurants, barber shops, open-air parks, and gyms are limited to 50 percent capacity.  Markets and supermarkets will operate at 75 percent capacity. Additionally, shopping malls, churches, cinemas, theaters, museums, and cultural events will be limited to 25 percent capacity.

One state is designated “yellow” under the federal stoplight system between August 17 and August 30 (Campeche).  Under yellow, all work activities are permitted.  Public spaces may open on a regular basis, while enclosed public spaces can open with reduced capacity.  All activities should be carried out with basic prevention measures.  People at higher risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms should continue to take extra precautions.

Some states and municipalities have implemented additional restrictions on public gatherings, transportation, business operations, and government operations if health conditions warrant and developed separate stoplight systems from those at the federal level.  Several states and municipalities have imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities and have required citizens to wear masks when outside their homes.  In some areas, officials may issue fines and arrest and detain individuals found to be in violation of stay at home orders.

Please see additional information on these restrictions and links to state COVID-19 websites in the “Local Resources” section on our website.  This information is not comprehensive and is subject to change without notice.  Please confirm directly with local government and other trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.

International commercial flight options currently exist in Mexico, but at a reduced capacity.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Mexico to the United States at this time.

The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative March 21 restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.  These restrictions apply to travel in both directions across the border.  On August 14, the U.S. and Mexican governments extended the land border travel restrictions until September 21.  Mexican border and local authorities are conducting enforcement actions to discourage non-essential travel in some areas.  Please see the DHS website or embassy fact sheet for more information.

Passengers and aircrew members arriving at and departing from Mexican airports may be subject to health screenings, including temperature checks.  Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional health screenings and/or asked to quarantine voluntarily.  Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential.  We recommend that travelers carry evidence of the essential nature of their visit and evidence of their resident status in Mexico, if applicable.  Travelers entering Mexico via land may be subject to temperature checks and additional health screening.  Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or asked to quarantine in Mexico.  At some U.S. ports of entry, operating hours have changed; please review CBP’s Port of Entry wait times web page for additional information.

As of June 1, the availability of hotel rooms and other commercial lodging, limitations on the number of guests within a hotel, and requirements for guests to be engaged in essential business or transit will vary depending on the state’s stoplight color designation and local restrictions.  Individuals showing respiratory symptoms will be referred to health authorities.  As a reminder, the U.S. government does not pay for lodging or other expenses incurred due to travel disruptions abroad.

The Department of State issued a Level 4 Health Advisory for Mexico on August 6, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19 on August 6.

Actions to Take:

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  To modify your enrollment and subscription to alerts, you must log in to STEP.

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information, including recommendations for travelers.

Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.

Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Mexico.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.  Check Port of Entry wait times at the U.S. border and visit Customs and Border Protection’s latest updates.

Learn about the latest status of consular operations at the Embassy, Consulates, and Consular Agencies.

Call the Mexican Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 information hotline at 800 0044 800 for local information while in Mexico.  English-speaking operators are often, but not always, available.  Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

Refer to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19MX app that provides Spanish-language information about COVID-19 and local health care resources.  It includes contact information for health care providers, an interactive diagnostic tool that analyzes reported symptoms and advises whether or not to seek medical care, the location of the nearest health care facility, the latest news related to COVID-19, and advice about how to prevent the spread of the disease.  The app is available via the Mexican iOS and Android stores.

If you or someone you know is facing or has been a victim ofdomestic or sexual violence while in Mexico, please call 911 for assistance or reach out to a local organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  U.S. citizens can contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you or the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 for help.  We have staff on duty around the clock to assist U.S. citizens with emergencies.  Additional resources for victims of crime are available on

For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call (55) 8526 2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at:

Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtémoc
06500, Ciudad de México
Phone:  +52-55-5080-2000
Fax:  +52-55-5080-2005
State Department – Consular Affairs:  888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.



  2. The Department of State issued a Level 4 Health Advisory for Mexico on August 6, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. MY 20 Y O SON WENT TO VISIT HIS AWELAS FOR 2 WEEKS WITH NO PROBLEM , HE TELL ME THE BORDER AGENTS NOT EVEN ASKING 4 HIS PASSPORT.

    1. It's ok Karen let him get covid19.

    2. Karen? Really? You must have really been searching hard for a post you could say that in. Unfortunately, in your eagerness to initiate racist name calling, you were a little too hasty in your choice of post to comment on. Because...

      A. It is not even evident if this poster is male or female.


      B. Nothing this poster said was anything remotely close to what is considered to be stereotypically "Karen" like behavior.

      But I would seriously rethink your use of that insult. It is akin to calling a black woman Aunt Jemima or Sha-Nae-Nae which is at once both racial stereotyping and racial prejudice. You see, an insult based on skin color is disgusting racist bullshit no matter who's skin color it's directed towards. Stereotyping based on race is wrong. You need to understand that we can't end racism until misguided, ignorant jack wagons such as yourself stop spouting rascist slurs. Try not to be a garbage person anymore ok? Some of us are trying to make a positive difference for the future of race relations in this country.

    3. 11:52 problem is if somebodyin Mexico likes his ass, and then when you come back to the US, somebody might not like his ass either...

    4. @1:55 you are not understanding the scenario that 2:45 is saying....most ladies that don't wear masks in public places, go berserk and are labeled "Karen" the ladies come in every color, and hear you come in playing the race card. The parent of this 20 year old kid, let him travel to Mexico understanding how easily he can be a carrier of Covid19.
      Some people demonstrate ignorant behavior during the pandemic.

    5. 7:23 this knocked Karen that let his son go during a pandemic is not using the head God has given. Some people do not have morals values. A family members gets infected and dies, then will that person take it serious.
      Andale va a ver tu abuela, garra la coronavirus.

    6. @7:23am I don't think that word means what you think it means... Here is the definition of "Karen" from Dictionary dot com.

      Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviors.

      As featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being an anti-vaxx , Generation X soccer mom.

      In 2020, Karen spread as a label used to call out white women who were captured in viral videos engaging in what are widely seen as racist acts.

      ... Sorry to play the race card but the term Karen is explicitly rascist. I'm still not seeing how this original posters comment relates in any way to the term though. It's not evident if the poster is even male or female, let alone white. I still stand by my statement. I think 2:45 was just looking for somewhere to drop that line and ended up choosing a pretty ambiguous post with no relation to the term.

  3. I definitely believe the numbers are being exaggerated by hospital staff (not only MX, but also in the US and other countries) since they receive government assistance for treating each covid-related patient and up to $40k (in U.S.) for each covid-related death. A family friend in MX passed away from natural causes and the hospital staff offered 30k pesos to the family to say it was due to covid. Another incident in Miami- man died from car crash and they claimed it was due to covid (even if he was diagnosed with covid, cause of death was crash). These are just a couple of examples, I'm sure there are tons more. And before anyone comes at me crazy, I'm not claiming covid isn't real (debatable), but cases/deaths are most definitely exaggerated.

    1. @11:58 All you need to do is understand what each country uses as the definition for COVID-death.

      Some countries call it a COVID-death just because the person has COVD-like symptoms at the point of death, other countries do a post-mortem test and if active COVID is present then it is a COVID-death and yet other countries classify only those dying in hospital whilst undergoing treatment for COVID as a COVID-death.

      I bet you dont know what the definition of a COVID-death is in your country you ignorant schmuck!

  4. ALMO said all is fine, continue eating together, and go to concerts.

    1. He has changed his tune.
      What was sad and infuriating is at the time he sat in the restaurant in Oaxaca and encouraged people to go out and eat, it was not a time of Covid ignorance but at a time US and Europe gained knowledge about the virus and its deadly and easy contagion .

    2. Yep Chivis had he acted sooner less people would have died. The hints were written on the walls as you said US and Europe was acting on the matter. Also at the beginning of the pandemic Obrador visits Chapos mom, hug and shake hands.

  5. The high mortality rate in Mexico has everything to do with an obese and diabetic population! Thank you Vicente Fox and coke for enabling and promoting a sugary poison!

    1. Yeah AMLO! You gonna step in and fix this problem?! Don't you know it's the government's responsibility to make sure its citizens are in peak physical condition! What are you thinking letting capable adults make decisions about their own sugar intake?! Personal responsibility and freedom of choice should be criminalized. From now on people will only drink ionized water and government approved food to be rationed in appropriate caloric proportions based on a height to weight ratio. From now on there will be mandatory daily workouts with strictly enforced set and rep guidelines. Here's to a future where an intrusive government controls even the most basic aspects of our existence! Here's to a future lacking in even the most basic freedoms and pleasures in life! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! 🎉🎈

  6. "It is prudent to state that Mexico has a history of playing with numbers that reflect negativity on the country."


    Mexican-source statistics are fudged down, up, sideways and all around

  7. Make immunizations mandatory for continued use of green cards then ensure México prioritizes vaccines for them. From Matamoros to Tijuana, prioritize vaccinations on both sides of the border. México elected to go with the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine, the least expensive of all Covid19 immunizations. It is affordable.

    1. that is been in place for years just to let you know

  8. Boots on the ground here. The test costs $1100 pesos so no one goes to get it. If they did, that mortality rate would go down. The infection numbers would go up...but no one gets tested unless they are hospitalized and at that point we know you are in grave shape so it's no one the rate is high. If we have free tests, you would see infection rate go up and the mortality rate go way down.

  9. 1:55

    im not the poster you replied to but felt the need to pose a question for you both to ponder...

    1st im curious to know how calling someonena karen in reference to ones proclivity of attitude and action via overbearingly sticking the nose into others business as akin to calling a black woman, aunt jemima as a slur to her skin color (unlike attitude something she cannot change).... ?

    racism as its called is shart lower brain mentality. i think its terrible and wrong. that being said we ought to understand what these words mean. the root part of the word implies we are of a different race as in other than the human race. we are all of the human race period. where we differ is in culture and ethnicity, varrying levels of melanin, dominant and recessive genes as well as blood types Rh factor ect..

    so lets start by calling it what it is...stereotyping...these attitudes and behaviors will never be overcome in a multi cultural world but they can be minimized to the point where they are a "non issue" this should be the goal bcuz for as long as this is made into an "issue" it shall too ensure ferile grounds for those who seek to sow the seeds of division. remember a peoples who able to be divided by things trivial rather thru ignorance or otherwise are still a people destined to be conquered and consumed, a la carte.

    lets experiment letting people air out their ideas nonsense or brilliance alike for at least then it is clear for all to see all hear all for what is and truth shall come to pass.

    we must resist the knee jerk desire to silence the tongues of those who hold views other than our own. censorship has never lead to truth. never. to ignore this wisdom is to ensure the thoughts and ideas we oppose are allowed fester and gain tremendous traction and undue merit simply bcuz it was not allowed to be aired out, the old adage is true 'the table falls after it is seen(heard) to not have legs to stand on'..

    the question(s) i share with you is..

    what if culture is not (y)our friend?

    if culture is to humans as say an operating system is to a computer, whom what where when why is the tech to call when in need of repair?

    thank you for your time and consideration.


  10. People are ignorant when it comes to covid19, the advisory states no travel to Mexico and they go ahead and do it.
    Don't drink and drive they do it.
    Stores say no mask no service posted, and the Karen's do not wear it and tell like apes when confronted. They cry my rights are violated.😂

  11. Messaging from Mexico again.... we are now at level 3.


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