Mexico asks citizens to avoid non-essential travel, creates “National Distance Healing Holiday”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 13: An informational notice to take precautions on the COVID-19 virus at the Mexico City airport on March 13, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican peso, crude oil price and Mexican stock market have been plunging considerably after WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Wednesday 11th. According to the WHO official report released late on March 12th, Mexico has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Even security measures are being implemented in airports, ports and border crossings, Mexican government stated no travel bans are being considered. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

The Mexican government is urging citizens to avoid non-essential international travel and is reminding Mexicans abroad and those planning to travel in the near future to keep in mind each country’s restrictive coronavirus measures.

Mexico will keep its consulates and embassies abroad open to provide assistance to nationals who need it, according to a joint statement by the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs issued on Saturday.

Mexican authorities also warned that any traveler who experiences symptoms should contact the health teams that carry out control work at all points of entry to Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has agreed to hold a “National Distance Healing Holiday” from March 23 to April 19 to promote basic prevention measures, such as temporarily suspending non-essential public activities, rescheduling of mass gatherings and increasing protection and care for the elderly.