Rocky Point Rally 2021 Highlights
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What a bummer of a title, huh? Rocky Point Mexico Covid 2021 Travel Tips. But looking at the bright side, we made it through 2020. And there are now vaccines. So, what do you need to know about visiting Rocky Point Mexico in 2021 during Covid-19? Here is helpful information. Taking a quick look before making travel plans would be wise.
At this time, Mexico has over 2 million documented cases of Covid-19, the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, the United States has over 28 million.
Mexico is open for travelers. And that is exciting for many Americans, Canadians, and other visitors. During a world crisis, the great food and drink, plus beautiful beaches and sunsets south of the border seem to be even more appreciated or needed.
The country has one of the more lenient borders anywhere during the pandemic. Whether for business or leisure, you have a place to go and stay in Mexico. You have no need for showing a negative Covid test when entering. Nor is there any quarantining required once you do arrive.
In this section, let’s lock in specifically on Puerto Peñasco. The city went on a strict lock down during the peak of the initial panic last Spring. This was solely an effort in preventing further spreading of the coronavirus.
The Rockiest Point to face about Covid is this. In the seaside resort town we love, there simply is no healthcare infrastructure ready, willing, or able for treating the masses in a global pandemic.
Sooner than later, Mayor Kiko Munro had to opt for re-opening. It’s because he held a matter in his hands that was between aiming for no virus, or no jobs and money for the local residents to survive. There is no other way of saying it. Being forced to choose between people dying by pandemic or economic causes was and is an ugly reality for Puerto Peñasco.
Basically, you can look at it like a “Fight or Flight” no-win situation for Mexican popular places such as Rocky Point. It means having to balance health risks with the need for keeping alive the local economy, which relies so heavily on tourism. In case you didn’t know, Puerto Peñasco has grown into the most popular destination in the state of Sonora.
But, please don’t go jumping to the wrong conclusion about Covid south of the border. Just because Mexico is fighting the pandemic differently than the United States, doesn’t mean people don’t care. They most certainly do. In fact, on any given day you will find a higher percentage of people graciously wearing masks in Rocky Point than you will in my home state of Arizona.
In January 2021, Puerto Peñasco moved another step toward “normal.” But masks are still required in most public settings. Rules on limited capacity are both a blessing and curse for local businesses. All Mexico beaches close nightly at 7:00 pm, and the overnight curfew in Rocky Point has been shortened. It now runs from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.
You don’t need to be an airline pilot to know it. Chances are just being alive you have seen or heard the saying, “Flying is safer than driving.” It is also safe to say you will have little difficulty finding plenty of statistics for backing up that claim. However, regarding Rocky Point, the wheels seem to be coming off that saying.
When you are driving out of Mexico for the United States, you only need the basics. Gas in the tank. Water for the ride. No contraband. And identification to show your citizenship to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at your port of entry. The shortest road for saying it bluntly is: Driving could not be any easier or safer for getting out of Mexico during Covid-19.
If You Are Flying the Less Friendly Skies
Sadly, the Mar de Cortes International Airport in Puerto Peñasco is a beautiful waste of space for boosting tourism. It is a really nice facility located near the Mayan Palace. But it is only open for some private and charter flights. Ironically, those are also the reasons why Rocky Point does not carry anywhere near the same amount of baggage other Mexican tourism hot spots do concerning Covid. The overwhelming majority of visitors are driving.
Beginning on January 26, 2021, new rules by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave Covid testing a real shot in the arm. Now, all Americans flying back to the United States from Mexico and other trips abroad have two new important restrictions they must overcome.
First, every air traveler from Mexico to the U.S. is required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their return flight home. Second, prior to boarding, they can only be cleared for leaving the “No Fly Zone” by providing proof of the negative result. Or by being able to show they have fully recovered.
In doing this, you as an air traveler have choices. Both come at a price. You can take the “gold standard” route by getting a PCR test. This takes days for your results to be processed and costs north or south of $150 USD at a Mexico medical lab.
Or you can opt for antigen testing. This is the much faster Covid testing. However, many are finding they are sacrificing accuracy for speed and about a tenth of the PCR testing. Figuring out which form of Covid testing most people flying to and from Mexico are doing is not brain surgery. Which would you be doing?
Getting a Covid-19 coronavirus test in Mexico.
Currently, all travelers in Mexico are getting tested in person. But first you have to find a location. You can do this by word of mouth or a U.S. Consulate. A list of Covid testing sites is online courtesy of the Mexican Government. Be prepared though Americanos, the information is in Spanish.
Local clinics are equipped for Covid testing. Laboratory of Clinical Analysis CAMPU-LAB (Laboratory of Clinical Analysis CAMPU-LAB PEÑASCO) is one example. On a personal note, if you have any type of medical situation when in Rocky Point, I highly recommend going to visit the helpful, caring folks of Cruz Roja (Mexican Red Cross) at the Freemont Street location).
What happens if you test positive for Covid-19 in Mexico?
Well do you want the good news or bad news? In the end, they both are the same. If you do test positive for Covid-19 while in Mexico, you will be forced to stay in the country and isolate yourself at your chosen place for 14 days. Then, at the end of your 14-day quarantine you return to the Covid testing process again.
And for now, this concludes our Rocky Point Mexico Covid 2021 Travel Tips. Be smart. Be safe. And enjoy.