Holidays: Mexico encourages tourists to visit despite over 345,000 cases of coronavirus

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Holidays to the stunning country of Mexico have been given the green light despite the country’s high coronavirus case rate. The country has had almost 350,000 cases and over 39,000 deaths from coronavirus, at the time of writing. The country never officially closed its borders but some regions have now partnered with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to get a “Safe Travels Stamp” to encourage tourists to visit.

The country’s high case rate has hit the country’s tourism sector particularly hard.

Tourism accounts for 8.5 percent of Mexico’s GDP, according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Around 4.5 million people make a living from Mexico’s tourism industry, according to Al Jazeera.

Cancun was one of the first cities to reopen to tourists but international flights are operating at a reduced capacity.

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Holidays: Mexico encourages tourists to visit despite over 345,000 cases of coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

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Holidays: The country has had almost 350,000 cases and over 39,000 deaths from coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

Christian Pastrana, Aeromexico Public Affairs Director told Al Jazeera that the country’s recovery could take a long time to recover.

“The recovery will not be fast.

“The travel industry has been one of the worst hit.

“The hotel sector, restaurants, the whole chain relates to travel.

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“We don’t expect it will be easy, but we have to reinvent many things and become more efficient, optimistic and creative.

“And above anything, always put public safety as a top priority.”

However, anyone arriving into the country via plane will have their temperatures checked at all international airports before being allowed to enter for tourism purposes, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The land and sea borders between the US and Mexico remain closed until July 21.

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Holidays: The Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against British nationals travelling to Mexico (Image: GETTY)

The Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against British nationals travelling to Mexico.

Anyone returning to England from Mexico must “provide your journey and contact details”.

The FCO website added: “You’ll also need to self-isolate in the place you’re staying for the first 14 days after you arrive, unless you’re travelling from certain countries or territories.”

But the FCO warned returning Britons and visitors that if they break any of these rules, they may have to pay the price.

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International travel post-lockdown (Image: EXPRESS)

It added: “You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details.

“You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once.

“You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.”

Over 576,971 British nationals visited Mexico in 2017.


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