Mexico says it will allow cruise ships with Covid outbreaks to dock.


MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s authorities introduced this week that it would let cruise ships dock at its ports, even when passengers have examined constructive for the coronavirus, and in addition allow asymptomatic vacationers to disembark on its shores.

The announcement got here after two cruise ships with Covid-19 outbreaks had been refused permission by Jalisco state authorities within the final week to disembark passengers or crew at Puerto Vallarta, a well-liked vacationer vacation spot on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

“Our country maintains its policy of solidarity and fraternity, as well as the principle of non-discrimination towards all people,” the federal government mentioned in an announcement. “The health and tourism authorities remain attentive to provide the necessary medical assistance to those who visit us.”

The announcement from the federal authorities contradicts Jalisco’s native authorities and is typical of Mexico’s laissez-faire angle towards international guests in the course of the pandemic. The Latin American nation is among the many few on the planet to have imposed no restrictions or testing necessities for vacationers.

Tourism made up almost 9 p.c of Mexico’s G.D.P. in 2019, in accordance to the federal government.

With almost 300,000 lifeless, Mexico has among the many world’s highest demise tolls from Covid-19. But home well being restrictions have additionally been restricted. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hardly ever wears a masks in public, regardless of having examined constructive earlier this 12 months.

“We cannot forget the loss of human life,” Mr. López Obrador mentioned at a information convention this week. “Fortunately we are coming out of that difficult time.”

With greater than half its inhabitants absolutely vaccinated, circumstances are persevering with to drop nationwide, authorities mentioned this week. However, infections in touristic states like Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, residence to Cancún, have surged this month.

Travelers flying inside Mexico are normally requested to fill out questionnaires relating to signs earlier than boarding flights. Cruise ship passengers who take a look at constructive for the coronavirus or current signs will obtain medical consideration, the federal government mentioned.

The new steerage in Mexico comes because the Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc on worldwide journey, with hundreds of flights canceled this week and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating or observing greater than 80 cruise ships with outbreaks of the virus.