20 Jul Our Return to Mexico During Covid 19 – July 2020
We just returned from our trip to Mexico. We are sure that you have a lot of questions about what it’s like to travel right now. Here’s an overview of our experience. If you have specific questions that we don’t cover here, please feel free to reach out.
Flights: We flew from Port Columbus to Canun via Dallas on American Airlines. There were not many travelers at the airport so getting through security was fast! All but one restaurant at Port Columbus is closed. Even Starbucks is closed! American Airlines is only offering a bottle of water and a cookie for your flight. So if you’ve got a long day of travel ahead of you, we would encourage you to pack a brown bag lunch.
Both legs of our flights were completely sold out. American Airlines did a good job of making sure that everyone was wearing a mask, and maintaining social distancing while boarding and exiting the plane.
Please note: Masks are required in flight at all times. If you are not willing to wear a mask, you will not be permitted to fly.
Transfers: We transferred with Lomas from the airport to the hotel. Our luggage was sanitized prior to being loaded, and the car was sparkingly clean on the inside. We were required to wear a mask during the transfer. Our driver wore one as well. Beer and water were available on the transfer. Our driver was awesome!
Hotel: We spent three nights at El Dorado Casitas Royale. Everyone on staff, even the landscapers, was wearing a mask. Because the hotel is limiting occupancy to allow for social distancing, the restaurants were open on a rotating schedule. Room service is also available. Other than the someone limited restaurants and the staff wearing masks, our experience was the same as other stays we’ve enjoyed at this hotel. It’s evident that they made good use of the time they were closed to make some updates.
Site visits: We toured three hotels during our stay-Dreams Riviera Cancun, Margaritaville Island Reserve, and Royalton Riviera Cancun. These three hotels couldn’t be any different from one another! But we enjoyed all three. Margaritaville Island Reserve definitely has some features that you won’t find anywhere else. The water slides at The Royalton are perfect for a hot summer day. And the wedding locations and Dreams Riviera Cancun are to-die-for. We’ll be posting more photos on our Facebook and Instagram over the next week.
Summary: It’s clear that everyone involved in our trip is taking the health and safety of their clients seriously. The staff of every company we interacted with was diligently wearing masks and there are hand sanitizer stations everywhere. We didn’t encounter any situations where we felt unsafe or questioned the cleanliness standards. Mexico does require that you complete a short online health statement prior to travel. ( link here) Once you’ve completed the questionnaire please be sure to grab a screenshot of the QR code. You’ll be required to show it when you leave Mexico. But there is currently no COVID test required to enter the country.
Overall it was a great trip! Unless there is a drastic change in status, I don’t think we would hesitate to return to Mexico again this year.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
P.S. Kudos to Señora Delores and Senór Martinez, the owners of Lomas Travel & El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Seaside Suites, and El Dorado Maroma. They somehow managed to keep thousands of employees working during the pandemic, despite the fact that their hotels were closed. We were thrilled to see many longterm employees back at work during our stay. Hats off to them for taking such good care of their people!