My week south of the border is ending today. I grabbed an early morning transfer back to the airport to assure plenty of time for the new CDC required process to check in for flights to the US. It turned out that it was a snap – 15 minutes later I passed security and sat by the gate.
A few things to keep in mind are to make sure your Medical Certificate matches your passport. Resorts often register by “nick name”which won’t work. In addition to the medical notice of the negative test, each guest must complete a Federal Government attestation form which i recommend is best to print at home before departure. Trust me, it is otherwise a challenge to obtain the form once in Mexico.
One final item is the required departure form for the Mexican Government which is available via app on your phone. Isn’t it amazing that Mexico has this 21st century secure app while the US requires an old fashioned paper form you must print for each traveler!
My apologies in advance for the snarkyness on my part. I couldn’t help but wonder at the idiocy of our government for designing this form in a way that each copy requires three pages (2 sheets of paper double sided) while stating on the form that it is part of the paperwork reduction act of 1995. But wait, it gets even better. Did you know that each airline flight has to then collect the forms and submit them to Washington. I asked American Airlines about it and they said, yes indeed they mail these packets to DC. One question remains in my inquisitive mind, what happens to them I wonder once they reach our capital? Your answer is as good as mine but I suspect someone is paid with tax dollars to sit there and shred them.
A short 1 hour flight later I landed in Phoenix and cleared immigration and customs. Not a single question or anything was raised. It took less than 10 minutes to pass as we only had 39 guests on our flight. Then I sat for a few hours in an empty terminal to connect to San Francisco. What would ordinarily be a packed wing for American at terminal A, the pandemic reduced to a trickle. I have never seen anything like it since 911. Many of you asked if I would go again after this experience. YES is my unequivocal answer. I felt as safe if not safer in Mexico where everyone adheres to masks and sanitation than at home. And as a bonus, guests get resorys at 25 to 35 percent occupancy with eager staff and great service. Trust me when I say that this will end the day we are past the pandemic which is coming soon.
With so many fantastic destinations around the world calling for attention, the choice is seemingly endless. Yet, when it comes to beachside resorts, I surmise that they generally fall in two categories – sunrise or sunset orientation.
This observation led me to contemplate the question of which is orientation is more appealing and which coast Atlantic or Pacific? Both have unique appeals for sure but when it comes down to it, my heart beats unequivocally for sunset views on the Pacific.