A form is filled out, and that’s it. You are welcome to Mexico. It is not known how an infected person can be detected by Mexican authorities. There is simply the form, which is filled, it is assumed, with good will.
Mexico City, January 3 (However) .– According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) or International Air Transport Association, Mexico and Afghanistan are the countries with the least restrictions to travel in the COVID-19 world. This is how it looks on the map of air regulations, updated to this day, Sunday. For enter the country, says IATA, you only need to fill out a slight form identified as “Questionnaire for Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers”. It has three logos: that of the Ministry of Health, that of Foreign Relations and that of the association.
The questions that are asked are:
1. What countries or cities have you visited in the last 14 days?
2. Have you been in contact with a confirmed case of the new Coronavirus?
3. Indicate the date you were in contact with case 3.
4.Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Temperature of 38ºC or more
Frequent coughing and / or sneezing
You suffer from discomfort: headaches or any other acute health problem
Respiratory difficulty Fill out the form, and you’re done. You are welcome to Mexico. It is not known how an infected person can be detected by Mexican authorities. There is simply the form, which is filled, it is assumed, with good will.
Today the journalist Oscar López signs a text in The New York Times which explains the result of this policy, considered by many as excessively lax: “Fleeing the confinement, Americans are flocking to Mexico City,” says the head of the report on the front page of the US newspaper. Then he adds in a summary: “Hospitals are at full capacity and coronavirus cases are increasing, but many foreigners, especially Americans, go to the Mexican capital, some with the intention of staying for a while.”
“But, although it may be a relief for many foreigners even to come to this country, in particular for those fleeing the colder climate, some Mexicans consider that the measure is irresponsible in the middle of a pandemic, especially when the virus overwhelms the City. of Mexico and its hospitals. Others say the problem lies with Mexican authorities, who waited too long to enact strict lockdown measures, making places like Mexico City attractive to foreigners.
In November, add the Times, more than half a million Americans came to Mexico; of them, almost 50 thousand arrived at the Mexico City airport, according to official figures, less than half of the American visitors who arrived in November last year, but an increase from the 4 thousand who arrived in April, when they closed great part of Mexico. Since then, the numbers have increased steadily: between June and August, American visitors more than doubled. “
Most of the other American visitors to Mexico flew to beach resorts like Los Cabos and Cancun. “It is not clear how many are tourists and how many are relocating, at least temporarily,” explains Oscar López. “Some may be Mexicans who also have US passports and are visiting relatives. But walking the streets of the trendiest neighborhoods in Mexico City these days, it can sometimes seem like English has become the official language. “
“The increase, however, occurs as Mexico City enters a critical phase of the pandemic. Hospitals are so busy that many patients stay home while their families struggle to buy oxygen. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico. The capital’s health system “is basically overwhelmed,” Xavier Tello told the newspaper through a WhatsApp message. ‘The worst is yet to come'”.
In mid-December, authorities raised Mexico City’s alert system to the highest level, red, which requires the immediate closure of all but essential businesses. “But the closure came weeks after the figures became critical, even according to the Government’s own figures, leaving stores crowded with Christmas shoppers and restaurants full of diners,” adds the text in The New York Times.
“With its tree-lined streets and quaint cafes, Mexico City’s upscale neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa have drawn expats escaping sky-high rents in New York or Los Angeles for years. But with a growing number of young people now working from home, the so-called axis of cool has become even more attractive, even as residents of Mexico City face a public health crisis. As in much of the world, the wealthiest tend to be the least affected. In the Roma Norte neighborhood, the contrast has been clear: recently, on one corner, working-class Mexicans lined up to buy oxygen tanks for their relatives, while a few blocks away, wealthy young people lined up to buy croissants ” , narrates Oscar López for NOW.
Mexico City is not the only Mexican destination that is experiencing an increase in foreign visitors, particularly Americans, who, with the pandemic in the United States, are prohibited from traveling to many countries, he says. “While some Latin American nations have at times closed their borders completely, Mexico has imposed few restrictions: Mexico was the third most visited country in 2020, compared to the seventh last year, according to the Mexican government, which cites preliminary statistics from the Organization. World Tourism ”.
“Much of these trips have focused on popular resorts in the country, where coronavirus restrictions can be even more relaxed. Los Cabos had nearly 100,000 Americans arriving in November, while Cancun had 236,000 American visitors, just 18 percent fewer than in 2019. The nearby resort town of Tulum made headlines for hosting a November art and music festival that saw hundreds of revelers dancing without a mask inside. underground caves ”, he adds.