NOTo vaccine, no hotel stay? As the delta variant fuels a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, some popular destinations now require hotel guests to show proof of their Covid medical condition.
Mexico is currently reporting its highest number of new Covid-19 infections since January, with nearly 14,000 new cases reported, on average, per day, according to Reuters.
In response, a popular resort destination requires tourists to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test result when entering public places such as hotels, restaurants and bars. From August 2, hotel guests in the resort town of Mazatlán will have to prove that they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for Covid-19. Mazatlán is located on the Pacific coast of the state of Sinaloa, at the same latitude as the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Last weekend, the mayor of Mazatlán, Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres, said individuals should start carrying their vaccination certificates with them in all public places.
Some European countries are on the same wavelength, with several EU countries recently deciding to add friction for unvaccinated travelers.
Earlier this month, hotels in Portugal began requiring guests to show proof of their vaccination status or provide a negative Covid-19 test or proof of recovery from the disease. The same requirement is in place for indoor meals from Friday to Sunday across the country in 60 municipalities, including Lisbon and Porto. Nightclubs are still closed in Portugal.
Austria uses its so-called “3G rule” of “Getestet, Geimpft, Genesen“-” Tested, vaccinated, recovered “- to regulate entry into indoor restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and cultural events. The rule requires clients to show proof of their immunization status, recovery from the virus or a recent negative PCR test upon entering facilities. Since mid-July, any violator can be imposed an immediate fine of 90 euros (106 US $).
Meanwhile, more than 16 months after non-essential travel was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada will begin reopening the border with the United States to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents on August 9. To enter Canada, travelers must use the ArriveCAN government application “vaccination passport”, which allows travelers to download passport information as well as Covid-19 vaccination records and PCR test results. It is not known when unvaccinated and partially vaccinated U.S. residents will be able to visit Canada.
Dozens of countries now allow vaccinated U.S. travelers to travel while undergoing fewer Covid-19 protocols than unvaccinated travelers. This list includes most European countries and Caribbean destinations such as Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Barth, and St. Lucia.
As the latest wave of the pandemic sweeps across the United States, it is possible that some American hotels will begin to issue their own vaccination warrants. At least one hotel in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts – where Covid-19 cases have increased this month – are now checking guests’ immunization status at the door.
Update: An earlier version of this story stated that hotels in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo would require hotels and restaurants to ask guests for proof of vaccination. Hotels and restaurants will be required to vaccinate and test their own staff only. The government has suggested requiring guests to present proof of vaccination or antigen testing, but that is not a mandate and, so far, no facility has announced that it will implement implement these measures.