LAST UPDATED - Nov 8, 2021
I hear a lot of things on the news suggesting that Cancun is closing due to high covid rates. Is this true?
This is not true. Cancun was on the CDC list as level 4 "essential travel only" until June of 2021 when they moved it up to level 3 "travel if vaccinated". This does not mean you must be vaccinated to travel to Mexico, it is the suggestion of the CDC.
What about the delta variant? The delta variant has been over hyped by the media. The media loves selling fear, because it sells so very well, which makes the media a lot of money. Especially on something like Cancun where there are few political push backs against their allegations. So far, initial studies are showing that those who have been fully vaccinated typically show little symptoms from the delta variant, if any. Furthermore, the media said in late May and early June that the shutdown of Cancun was "inevitable". Then in early June two things happened. The governor of Quintana Roo made a speach in an attempt to squelch the rumor that Cancun was closing. Not only did Cancun not close in June 2021, the CDC showed Mexico to be even more safe and moved Mexico from level 4 to level 3. The news is no longer trustworthy, unfortunately.
We heard about the new CDC rule stating that US citizens traveling abroad needed to be tested for covid within 72 hours of returning to their home country. How do we get tested?
First, this is correct. As of Jan 22, anyone traveling abroad must test negative for covid before returning. The test must be taken within 72 hours of heading back home. You do NOT have to take a test to leave the US, but you have to have a negative test to come back.
We provide the tests at our cost, which is currently $60 per test. When you sign up for the testing at:
the medical staff will come directly to the condo you are staying in to perform the test. Results are provided same day to your cell phone. This documentation that will go to your phone is what you need to get back on the plane.
Please note: This link is for GUESTS ONLY. If you do not have a booking with us, you cannot be tested through us. Thank you for understanding. These tests are provided at our raw cost and as a special courtesy for our guests only.
Thanks Megan! Great job helping our guests and Tim's Ocean Condos through a challenging time so our guests can enjoy their stay with as little disruption to their vacation as possible.
If we have been fully vaccinated, do we still need to take the test?
Unfortunately yes. In time we are hopeful this will change, but I’m fairly certain it will continue for at least through the summer and probably longer.
Is Cancun open?
Cancun has been open since June 1, 2020. Most resorts in Cancun opened June 1, including our resort.
What will be open?
Our beach was open on June 1, our pool, our gym, our spa, and 2 of the 4 restaurants. The other restaurants will open as occupancy increases.
Are non-resort restaurants open? All the Cancun restaurants have reopened.
Do we need to wear a mask? For restaurants and public areas that are inside, yes. For outside areas, no.
I heard somewhere Cancun would be shutting down due to spikes in covid cases in April?
This is not going to happen. The governor of Quintana Roo said that plainly in a recent speech in early June. The truth is covid cases peaked in Cancun back on Jan 20, 2021. If you look at the big picture, covid cases have been declining steadily in Cancun since Jan 20, 2021.
Why does the CDC post traveling to Cancun relative to covid as level 4 dangerous?
To be honest, it makes no sense based on the facts. The facts are that covid cases in Cancun have been declining steadily for months. Furthermore, 52% of the country has had at least one vaccination dose.
What airlines are flying to Cancun? By now, all should have resumed service to Cancun. American has been flying there since before the June 1 opening. Many airlines resumed service in June, and many more in July. By now, all airlines that were flying to Cancun in the past are likely flying to Cancun again. As of the Jan 15, 2021 update, we are at full capacity of the condo units.
Someone told me the border with Mexico was closed until just recently, is that true? No, that reference is to land border crossings. You have been able to come to Cancun for vacation since June 1. The US non essential travel ban was lifted May 21 and Cancun reopened June 1 of 2020.
I heard Cancun beaches are closed, is this true? Only public beaches were closed in the beginning. The private beaches (resort beaches) have been open since June 1, 2020 and about 45 days after that the public beaches also reopened.
Are special precautions taken?
Yes. Social distancing will be practiced, masks will be worn by workers, and spaces will be cleaned constantly with antiseptic cleaners.
What percentage of Mexico has been vaccinated? As of Oct 12, 2021 38% are fully vaccinated, and 52% have had at least one shot.
What precautions are being taken if I book a condo on this web site?
Between each booking, all surfaces is being wiped down with antibacterial spray inclusive of the floors. Moreover, we also use an airborn spray like the airlines use to kill airborn bacteria and viruses which is a procedure very few in the vacation rental business are familiar with. All of our staff wear masks at all times and practice distancing measures.
Is it true that corona virus is less harmful outside or in sunshine?
It's not less harmful, but it is true that spreading any airborn disease is less likely outside than inside simply because of the presence of wind and sunshine. Even mild wind is a tremendous advantage over stagnant inside air for disease transmission. Also, it is true that if the virus is sitting on an object it will die many times faster when exposed to sunlight.
Is it safe to travel internationally?
Check with your official government web sites for travel restrictions that may be in place. For USA travelers, the travel ban for non-essential travel to Mexico ended on May 21 and has remained open ever since.
Are the resorts in Cancun taking additional precautions?
Yes, the resorts in Cancun are required to pass tests set forth by the government of the state of Quintana Roo before opening. Additionally, they will be practicing social distancing, cleaning all surfaces with special cleaners, and workers will be wearing masks.
Are the theme parks re-opening?
Yes, Xcaret, Xel ha, Chitza Nitza, and all of Cancun's attractions reopened June 8, 2021.
Is there be wave runner rentals?
Yes, they are there now.
Is there be parasailing?
Yes, they are there now.
What are the waver runner places and parasailing places be doing to protect guests from covid 19 transmissions?
They thoroughly clean all surfaces with antibacterial cleaners between each new rider.
Can two people still go parasailing at once?
Yes, as long as you are part of the same group that came to Cancun.
Is there anything NOT open in Cancun? No, everything is open. The last things to open were the big night clubs. They limit capacity and as of August 2021 they do not stay open past 11:45pm.