Travel to Tijuana for Health Care During COVID-19: Latest Travel Restrictions.

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic, Tijuana is once again welcoming travelers in search of more affordable options for medical and cosmetic treatments.

One year after the COVID-19 lockdown, the state of Baja California changed the orange stoplight map to yellow in order to welcome a new normal, as well as travelers seeking health and aesthetic treatments. Medical specialties such as dentistry, bariatric surgery, and cosmetic surgery are some of the most requested by patients from the United States and Canada.

As reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Secretary of Health of Baja California, Alonso Perez Rico, announced that “the state will move from the orange stoplight to yellow -from high alert to medium alert- in the COVID-19 caution indicators as of the first minute of Monday, March 8”. The public officer also stated that the latest figures reviewed up to the beginning of March showed a decreasing number of COVID-19 cases, which led Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez to authorize the change in the stoplight map. Such change meant the reopening at 50% capacity of entertainment businesses such as casinos and bars, cultural centers, including theaters and museums, as well as shopping malls and religious centers.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Between Mexico and the United States

Among the COVID-19 travel restrictions, travelers departing from the United States and Canada will not be required to present a negative PCR test or carry out a quarantine upon arrival to Mexico. 

However, according to the Centers of disease of control and prevention (CDC), all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Moreover, after passing through immigration, all passengers will be required to answer a brief questionnaire about their medical history, including questions related to their current health status.

Additionally, in accordance with the latest updates of the U.S. Department of State, the presentation of the negative result of the COVID-19 test does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under two years of age. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.As per the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mexican and U.S. citizens may freely return to their country of origin and passage for medical purposes to either country is permitted. 

Based on the latter statement, Dr. Jorge Cortez, a hair transplant surgeon in Tijuana and Medical Director at Hair Center Mexico, suggests to his patients crossing the border by car in order to avoid any setbacks at the airport; in addition, for those who travel to San Diego airport, the clinic provides a free shuttle service.

Dr. Cortez and his professional staff remain vigilant and continue to join efforts to fight against the spread of COVID-19. Within the safety protocols implemented at Dr. Cortez’s clinic, he has indicated that depending on the type of treatment of each patient, there is the possibility of requiring a negative covid test.

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