US Requires Covid-19 Test Before Entry for International Travelers

Puerto Vallarta Visitors Urged to Plan Ahead

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The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) will require anyone flying into the US from outside the country to provide a negative Covid-19 test viral test before they get on the airplane and the news has travelers in Puerto Vallarta searching for solutions.

The US joins its sister country of Canada require tests for people flying into the country.

On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.

You must get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

The CDC says if you have had Covid-19 with a positive viral test and have ended isolation, and as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta and needing a Covid-19 test you can receive one by contacting some of the agencies/hospitals below. Be sure to book your appointment IN ADVANCE so you can be sure to go and get the result back before you leave Mexico.

Prices vary and go from approximately $3,300 pesos up to $4540 pesos.

Vallarta Medical Center
Results in 24-hour; Cost is $3,300.00 Pesos
(322) 178 3000

HealthCare Resources – Pam Thompson
email only – no phone calls

Both SETAC locations are providing three different types of tests. SETAC Wellness Center is located at Lazaro Cardenas #379 and Aldanaca #178 . You must call 322 224 1974 for an appointment. English is spoken. $4,000 pesos – Cash or Credit accepted.

CMQ Hospital

Medassit Hospital

SanMare Healthcare Group

Hospital Joya

Punta Mita Hospital





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