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Posted by BajaInsider on July 11, 2021
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  • Baja California Sur remains one of the hotspots for COVID-19 per Capita
    Baja California Sur remains one of the hotspots for COVID-19 per Capita


UPDATED 07/11/21 The third wave of COVID-19 has proven the worst for Baja California Sur, with the tourist destination of Los Cabos being hit the worst. The municipality has surpassed active cases and deaths per day records previously held by La Paz in the first wave. Hospitals in the regions are being stressed to the maximum, with Los Cabos reaching capacity twice in the last week. The federal government has dispatched additional healthcare personnel to assist with the caseload and expedite vaccinations throughout the state. As of the end of the first week of July, only 36% of the state's adult population has been vaccinated.

04/20/2021 The US Department of State has placed Mexico on the "Do Not Travel" list for increased crime and the nation's COVID-19 infection level. The "Do Not Travel" the edict refers to some states more specifically than others, with Baja California and Baja California Sur only advising for increase vigilance to crime.  

US CDC Advisory Against Travel to Mexico

Key Information for Travelers to Mexico

Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico.

The content of the State Department release as follows, with the specific reference to only Baja California and Baja California Sur included here in this particularly long travel advisory. Baja California Sur remains one of only six Mexican states currently under Level 4, Orange.


Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Mexico.

Do Not Travel To:

Reconsider Travel To:

For detailed information on all states in Mexico, please see below.

Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread. Armed criminal groups have been known to target and rob commercial vessels, oil platforms, and offshore supply vessels in the Bay of Campeche.

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.

U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including from app-based services like Uber or from regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, with the exception of daytime travel within Baja California, between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D (during daylight hours and with prior Consulate authorization only).

Baja California state – Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution due to crime.

Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state. Particularly notable is the number of homicides in non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted; however, criminal organization assassinations and turf battles can result in bystanders being injured or killed.

Due to poor cellular service and hazardous road conditions, U.S. government employees may only travel on Highway 2D between Mexicali and Tijuana during daylight hours.

There are no additional restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California, which includes tourist areas in: Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana.

Baja California Sur state – Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution due to crime.

Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state, including in areas frequented by U.S. citizens. Bystanders have been injured or killed in shooting incidents related to criminal organization turf battles. Petty crime occurs frequently in tourist areas.   

There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur, which includes tourist areas in: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Caboand La Paz.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Mexico:

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s web page on Travel and COVID-19.   
  • Keep your traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text to a friend.
  • Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
  • Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • 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.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
  • Mariners planning travel to Mexico should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at, which include instructions on reporting suspicious activities and attacks to Mexican naval authorities.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.


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