This Riviera Nayarit update is currently in place for our friends to the north and it will likely affect the U.S. soon.
First, it’s important to note that the Canadian Government announced new protocols due to the rising increase of cases in the country. So, as of now, all air travelers entering Canada must present a COVID-19 NEGATIVE PCR test, which must be performed 72 hours before boarding the flight. This applies to all air travelers aged five and over and this is in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period when entering the country, whether Canadian or not. This will begin on January 26th for U.S. residents.
And we understand that as of now, the Canadian Government has not defined how the PCR tests should be administered. But, there are two options mentioned:
- The airline provides the testing, an option that is complicated due to the short time available to administer
- The traveler completes the PCR test in the country where they are vacationing.
Based on these options, the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to offer options to its visitors so they’ve made arrangements with three prestigious hospitals in the region to offer testing to Canadian and U.S. citizens at a special rate. These include Hospital Joya, Hospital CMQ and Hospital Punta Mita.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.
Do you know someone traveling to Riviera Nayarit (or anywhere outside of the U.S. or Canada)? Feel free to share this update with them and the full Riviera Nayarit Guide for traveling in the area.
By the way, the special pricing starts at 3000 Mexican Pesos (approx. $148 USD) and please note that all visitors must present a valid passport and an airline ticket showing their travel plans in the next 72 hours to receive the special rate.