The pandemic has changed all our lives in different ways. However, we have all felt the effects.
At Sani Dental Group, we understand the concern among those who are thinking about traveling nowadays. The Years of experience and our commitment to our patients has helped us to adapt during these uncertain times.
Is it worth to travel to Mexico for dental treatment? What are the risks or complications that can occur? Are there travel restrictions for American citizens? Or any foreign citizen?
In the following blog, these and other questions will be answered, which will hopefully give you a better picture of how does travel to Mexico look these days and the changes you might experience during your next dental visit.
1. Before Getting to Mexico
Before mentioning the restrictions and requirements, we believe it’s important to point out some aspects to consider before your travel.
Authorities recommend avoiding travel if you are sick or if you have been around some who has been. Also, it’s very important to review the current situation at your destination before traveling.
Patients can reach both of our locations traveling by plane or car.
- Air Travel: Social distancing on planes can be difficult. However, most viruses and bacteria do not spread easily because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes.
If you decide to travel by plane, consider how you get to and from the airport. This, to decrease any chances of being exposed to the virus.
- Car Travel: For many of our patients who visit us at our Los Algodones location, it's easier to drive to Yuma, and get to our clinic by crossing the Andrade/Los Algodones border.
Many choose to leave their cars in the U.S. and walk across the international border. This way they can avoid long lines and waiting times.
2. Who can travel to Mexico These days
The U.S. government, together with the Mexican authorities, has temporarily limited inbound land border crossing for only essential travel. The Andrade/Los Algodones border crossing remains open from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm local time.
This, as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
So, What does essential travel means?
Authorities recognized the following as essential travelers:
- Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States.
- Individuals traveling for medical purposes (to receive treatment in the United States or Mexico).
- Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions.
- Individuals traveling to work in the United States or Mexico
- Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes
- Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada and Mexico).
- Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel.
- Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.
- The following categories do not fall within the definition of “essential travel:” Individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events in the United States.
Medical/dental appointments must, therefore, continue unimpeded during this time.
3. Do I need more than a Passport to travel to Mexico?
Visitors are asked to present a valid passport. The border patrol authorities identify a passport as the best form of id. However, US citizens or permanent residents cross the border every day with these forms of ID:
- Driver’s license
- Birth certificate card.
Even when American citizens usually are not asked to show their passport to enter Mexico, they will need it to enter the States.
*To this day, none of Sani Dental Group patients have had any trouble returning to the States.
4. Is it Safe to Travel Right Now for dental work?
Our newest dental clinic located in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo is open and ready to welcome patients from the U.S. and Canada in the safest environment possible.
Thanks to the quick response of authorities and the implementation of preventive measures, the State of Quintana Roo has achieved to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tourism activity has started in a limited and gradual way.
Besides, being located in one of the exclusive areas of Playacar, our dental clinic provides a completely safe experience from the arrival all the way through the end of our patient’s dental journey.
On the other hand, both of our dental clinics located in Los Algodones have remained open to receiving patients. Los Algodones, Mexico is a safe place thanks to its location and population size. There are no downtown or tourist sites where many people can get close contact.
As part of our Sanitize Program, we have implemented new safety measures at Sani Dental Group.
Call us today (928)-257-1307, we will gladly answer any of your questions and doubts about all the dental treatments available at our clinic, travel to Mexico, and more.
Disclaimer: Open dentist to help you with your dental needs. We are taking additional special measures following CDC recommendations to ensure your health and safety.