Mexico now requires a health questionnaire to be filled out by all air travelers coming into the country.
Here is a link to the form. (see example in the image below)
The last time I traveled, I arrived in Mexico City and noticed my filled-out form was no longer viewable on my cellphone’s browser. They changed the front-end portal and I now had to create an account. So before leaving the plane, I filled it out again, and this time I took a screenshot of the QR code it gives you when you’re done. After getting through immigration, I had my phone readily available to show the code to any official who might ask for it.
However, no one did.
I figured they must have been doing it on a random basis and didn’t think much about it. I left the airport and had never shown my health questionnaire.
But when it was time to leave Mexico City, I didn’t check in any luggage, so I didn’t need to go through a check-in process. I went straight to the security gate, where security agents had scanners and asked people for their health forms. I quickly realized I had taken a screenshot of mine and gave the agent my QR code. (see example below)
However, before me was a couple who had no idea they needed to have one filled out. I could see the deer in the headlights look on their face when they were asked for this “form.” The agent pointed to a link address on a piece of paper on the wall and asked them to go there to fill it out. I could see the couple trying to pull up this form in any way they could, but I could overhear one of them saying their internet was not working. They tried to bargain with the agent to let them through, or else they would miss their flight, but the agent denied them entry.
All I overheard from the couple was how they were going to have to miss their flight.
Why is this important to tell you?
A few days ago, I shared the link to fill out this form (which takes 2-3 minutes) on a few ex-pat forums, and I received a ton of comments from other people claiming you don’t need to fill it out. I also received comments from people saying that your airline should provide it. Or others commented, saying that they HAD been asking for it at the airport.
A lot of these people’s experiences were valid. However, they have no idea that others have been asked for this form. And have been denied access to their flight for not having it. I’ve traveled to Mexico twice since then, and EVERY TIME I have been asked for the health form on my way out of the country.
Will you absolutely need this form? Probably not. I think it is fair to say that NO ONE will ask you for it in most cases. However, it is an official form on the Mexican government’s website that states it is required to enter and leave the country. And in the instances where you DO get asked for it, you’ll be delighted you took the few minutes to fill it out.
This post isn’t meant for all the people who have already flown and weren’t asked for this health form. I get that this is Mexico, and a lot of things are not enforced. This post is for those who plan a trip to Mexico by plane and need to know how to prepare. The purpose of this post is to give you some awareness that you should do your due diligence and be prepared to present this form, or else you could be the couple that misses their flight.
The Mexican health form is in Spanish and English. It is a form of contact tracing to let you know if someone on your flight has tested positive for Covid-19. A few things you’ll need to provide on this health form are:
- Airline Number
- Seat Number
- Your Full Name
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- and a few other questions regarding to your current health and who you’ve been in contact with.
Once you are done filling it out, you press the button that says “Siguiente” (Next) and it will generate a QR code for you. Take a screenshot of that code and save it to your phone, or print that page and have it with you when you travel.
That’s it, folks. It takes 2-3 minutes max. So trust me when I say, you probably won’t be asked for it. But if you do, you’ll be very glad you filled it out.