Update Reports from Noonsite:
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS:
15 April, 2020
remains open to visiting yachts. Puerto Penasco and Guayamas have however closed.
Mexico’s stay-at-home orders and school
closures are extended through April 30.
Individual states have different levels of enforcement for restrictions. Much of these were elevated for the “semana santa” (holy week) holidays that culminated on April 12, including road blocks to slow movement between Mexican states.
Recreational sailing is not permitted, however transiting from one port to another is permitted as long as you can justify why you are moving (haulout booked or plan to exit the country). Boats without a transit plan for one of those goals may be asked to anchor
, return to prior anchorage, or depart for one of those goals.
Cruisers in Mexico
report that many small communities in Baja
have isolated themselves and are asking cruisers to stay away as well. In at least one instance, a boat
has had rocks thrown at it by villagers in an open boat (panga).
National Parks (this includes many locales in the Sea of Cortez
and outside of Baja) are closed. Official information as to what this means exactly is difficult to find and rather ambiguous. It is recommended to behave as low key as possible.
11 April, 2020
The number of areas off limits to outsiders due to the Covid-19 pandemic continues to grow. If heading to Mexico be sure to call ahead to the port/marina first to confirm the current
rules. If already in Mexico best advice is to stay where you are.
3 April, 2020
remain open, some with reduced hours.
Islas Mujeres now requires all yachts to undertake a 14 day quarantine on arrival.
Ensenada – one of the major clearance ports for boats departing Mexico for the USA – have reduced Port Captain
hours to 9am-1pm only.
Puerto Chiapas – clearance offices are open and operating fully.
31 March, 2020
Mexico declared a state of emergency
is extending the stay at home recommendation until April 30, insisting on hygiene and personal distancing.
The text of the emergency
regulation anticipates a regulation of land, sea and air transport.
30 March, 2020
Port Captains are not issuing clearance to closed countries (i.e. French Polynesia).
If needing to move from one port to another within Mexico, be prepared to justify to the Port Captain
why you want to move (marina reservation, haul out
booked, self-isolation etc.).
Cruisers should check for local up-to-the-minute knowledge before attempting entry/exit at/from any ports in Mexico.
29 March, 2020
Mexico Maritime Authority issued Directive #13 to all Port Captains in Mexico, informing them that they may not authorize the clearance or departure of passenger vessels for hire (Mexican and foreign flagged) that operate with nautical tourism permits (charter, tours, diving
, whale watching etc.).
Ports in Mexico ARE NOT CLOSED TO NAVIGATION
or any other than the above.
for private vessels IS PERMITTED, however, due to the Covid19 outbreak Mexico is asking its population to stay indoors, limit non-essential travel and movement, wash hands with soap and water
frequently and keep a safe distance from other people. It is recommended that recreational vessel use be stopped and only undertake navigation if it is for purposes of relocation, isolation, transportation etc.
At this time, all marinas
are operational, some with reduced office hours and services. It is expected that marinas will continue to operate as such throughout the health
Taken from a statement by the Mexico Marina Association (AMMT).