This is how to travel through Mexico in times of Covid-19
If you are a traveler at heart, you surely know that the way of traveling changed drastically after the arrival of the pandemic, there was even a time when it was impossible for us to do so.
Fortunately, with the passage of time, changes and new protocols were implemented that allowed the tourist activity to resume, and although some measures are not entirely pleasant, the truth is that we have nothing left but to learn to travel in times of Covid- 19.
In addition to the protocols that we already know, such as the use of face masks, healthy distance and frequent hand washing, the world of tourism was forced to implement health measures to prevent infections, and here we are going to present each one of them. they:
National travel is prioritized:
One of the first changes that we could notice was that crowds in large cities or beaches began to be avoided and travelers began to lean towards rural areas, towns and magical towns.
According to the opinion of experts, this causes trips to be shorter, benefiting national tourism, since travelers prefer to rediscover local destinations before thinking about a long trip abroad, since there is more uncertainty because the circumstances of each country are different.
Disinfection of spaces and changes in protocols:
As you already know, there are several changes in the way we travel, and destinations have already implemented new measures in each of their areas:
Rigorous hygienic measures are taken in all transport, such as the use of face masks from arrival at the terminals, during the trip and upon arrival at your destination, temperature measurement with infrared thermometers and even cameras to detect travelers with temperature.
In some transports, the number of places is limited, especially in buses and airplanes to maintain a healthy distance, luggage disinfection, filters to clean the air, constant disinfection of seats and driving cabins.
Hotels have reduced their capacity, currently in Mexico, depending on the epidemiological traffic light in which each state is, their allowed capacity is determined.
They must also comply with the new health measures, which are verified through security seals issued by the corresponding institutions.
Constant disinfection of rooms and corridors, application of quick tests before assigning a room to know the health of the guests.
The common areas have indications of healthy distance and the number of people allowed in them is reduced.
As for room service, objects of constant contact, such as controls, are vacuum packed and contact of handles and elevator buttons is avoided through gloves.
The capacity of diners was reduced to 30%, the tables are for a maximum of 4 people.
The physical menus are an important point of contagion, which is why we opted for digital menus, reading QR codes or through applications.
Buffets as we know them stopped operating for a while, giving more attention to in-room and take-out services.
More stringent sanitary measures were implemented, such as reduced capacity.
Contact attractions are disinfected multiple times throughout the day, visits are quicker, and wandering around the facility is limited.
Digital payment methods are encouraged to avoid contact with money.
To avoid contact when registering your entry in hotels or transport, some companies have chosen to handle a digital check-in through applications and websites.
This trend started before COVID-19, but as of last year it began to become more popular and new functions have been added such as your smartphone being the key to your room to avoid contact with door handles.
Our tips for travelers
Definitely the measures that companies, travel agencies, hotels and others have implemented are important, we must not forget that each of us must do our part to prevent contagion.
Let us remember that in these moments it is vital to take care of ourselves, since in that way we will also be taking care of the people around us, and even more, those we love the most.
That is why we believe that it is also necessary to give you our advice to travel during this pandemic, so take note:
Choose your destination:
At least until the health crisis is controlled, that is, we are at a green traffic light throughout the country, the recommendation of the authorities is to avoid destinations with crowds.
And although this may seem limiting, the truth is that if we see it on the positive side, it is the perfect opportunity to open the door to places that probably would not have been on our list of possible vacations before.
Remember, now more than ever, the economy of some destinations depends on the reactivation of tourism.
Do your research before booking
This we already did before the Covid-19, however, now in addition to the location, price and availability of dates it is also important to take into account and know the sanitary measures and restrictions carried out by the hotels, restaurants and destinations that we plan to visit.
Pack the important
Now, when packing your suitcase, you should consider new items that we probably didn’t occupy before:
More than one reusable mask.
More than a small bottle of antibacterial gel distributed in different places (the one to have on hand all the time.
Bring a pack of sanitizing pads.
Have your emergency contact information and up-to-date health insurance information on hand. If this was important before the pandemic, it is now a priority.
Traveling on the road
It may seem the least comfortable, but the car is emerging as one of the best ways to travel in times of pandemic, since it can function as a bubble in which we can stay safe during our journey.
Of course, do not forget that if you need to make a stop and get off at some point you have to wash your hands and disinfect yourself before getting on so as not to compromise the hygiene of the car and the health of our companions.
According to experts, open spaces are safer than closed ones due to how the particles that can carry the coronavirus behave.
Factors such as keeping a healthy distance and avoiding being where there is a current of air that comes from a group of strangers, are very important to avoid contagion. This applies to beaches, parks or any open space.
Don’t take unnecessary risks
During our trips we can have an accident, which can force us to visit a hospital or an office, places that today are hot spots of infection.
Therefore, it is best to avoid doing extreme activities or games that can cause accidents.
An extra tip that we can give you is for after your trip: even when we take all the health measures and take care of our health at all times during our trip, it is worth taking extra measures and isolating ourselves 14 days after our return home . In this way we will be taking care of the people with whom we live.