Seeking latest COVID updates from Zihua

by lawupton, Friday, September 10, 2021, 14:25 (36 days ago)

Looking for a reliable update on COVID status in Zihua. We were originally scheduled for our 5th trip to Zihua May 2020 for a retirement celebration but had to cancel due to COVID restrictions at that time. We felt confident then that we could safely rescheduled our vacation to November 2021 but it appears we underestimated the virus and human nature so my wife is asking me to cancel again.

Few things I would love to learn more about before I take that step.

1. We stay in a Condo near Playa Madera so have ability to cook our own meals but this is a vacation so we prefer to visit some of our favorite spots to eat.

How has the recent COVID spread impacted restaurants in the area? I pray they have been able to remain open.

2. We typically spend several evenings near Centro grabbing a hamburgesa from the cart run by the 2 gentlemen, watch some basketball or just sit back to people watch and enjoy the evening market/street fair atmosphere.

How is COVID impacting evening events at Centro? Are there still nightly events and activities taking place? Is the Municipal Market open daily? Are there masks guidelines in place and are they being followed?

3. It's my understanding that flights back to US will require a negative COVID test 3 days prior to boarding and from what I researched online the only place to get a test is at the airport but it also appears this testing site is not always open. I would prefer not to have to hire a cab to run to the airport 3 days before we depart especially if there is no guarantee we can get a test and results back per the requirements.

Does anyone have any updates or personal experience with meeting the testing requirements to travel back to US?

I can't find any reliable updates on vaccination rates and/or new spread of COVID in Mexico. We don't mind wearing a mask in public and we have been fully vaccinated but if we will just be hanging out in the condo because nothing is open we will probably opt to reschedule our vacation (again) for 2022. After all, one of the biggest reasons we travel to Zihua is for the people and the food.

Any advice or information to help me make this decision by the end of September would be greatly appreciated.

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Seeking latest COVID updates from Zihua

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Friday, September 10, 2021, 14:50 (36 days ago) @ lawupton
edited by Talley Ho, Friday, September 10, 2021, 15:16

1. Restaurants have been struggling to survive. Come and eat at those that have survived. Things change all the time, but we have no problem at all finding loads of great places to eat. The Mercado is open, as is pretty much everything else.

2. The hamburger cart is still there. Just look for the grease stain on the sidewalk. The area around the concha has changed dramatically, check out the webcam on this site and watch the action.

3. You read the requirement incorrectly. The negative Covid test must be no more than three days old upon arrival in the US. That means you can go to the airport early and get tested there, or for more choices, including having them come to you, see the listing at the top of this page.


People are doing a pretty good job of wearing masks. It is requested that everyone wear a mask all the time in public.


Rob posts current Covid numbers daily. Look for the posts with ZIH in the title.


Decisions? Come visit our paradise and help us recover. You will have a wonderful time, like you have in the past. Things may have changed, but it's still paradise.

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Seeking latest COVID updates from Zihua

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Friday, September 10, 2021, 16:36 (36 days ago) @ lawupton

What Talley-Ho said is pretty much spot on. Lots of ways to get tested and some even come to you.They are listed,at the top,of the message board in a separate thread. One caveat, with the spread of Delta in combination with the more basic level of medical care in Zihuatanejo, I would not travel there (or many other places) if I were not fully vaccinated.

Seeking latest COVID updates from Zihua

by daytripper @, Zihuatanejo, Friday, September 10, 2021, 17:40 (36 days ago) @ lawupton

Looking for a reliable update on COVID status in Zihua. We were originally scheduled for our 5th trip to Zihua May 2020 for a retirement celebration but had to cancel due to COVID restrictions at that time. We felt confident then that we could safely rescheduled our vacation to November 2021 but it appears we underestimated the virus and human nature so my wife is asking me to cancel again.

Few things I would love to learn more about before I take that step.

1. We stay in a Condo near Playa Madera so have ability to cook our own meals but this is a vacation so we prefer to visit some of our favorite spots to eat.

How has the recent COVID spread impacted restaurants in the area? I pray they have been able to remain open.

Many restaurants are suffering from lack of tourist customers. Not many are going to make it if another season of Covid fearmongers don't show up.


2. We typically spend several evenings near Centro grabbing a hamburgesa from the cart run by the 2 gentlemen, watch some basketball or just sit back to people watch and enjoy the evening market/street fair atmosphere.

Nothing to stop you from continuing to enjoy the meat on the street guy!


How is COVID impacting evening events at Centro? Are there still nightly events and activities taking place? Is the Municipal Market open daily? Are there masks guidelines in place and are they being followed?

Yes there are, and from what I can see right now the local Independence Day celebrations are not afraid of Covid.
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3. It's my understanding that flights back to US will require a negative COVID test 3 days prior to boarding and from what I researched online the only place to get a test is at the airport but it also appears this testing site is not always open. I would prefer not to have to hire a cab to run to the airport 3 days before we depart especially if there is no guarantee we can get a test and results back per the requirements.

Does anyone have any updates or personal experience with meeting the testing requirements to travel back to US?

Just call Azumed to come to your residence and they will test you and give you your results in five minutes and you will have the email confirmation in 2 hours. 700 Peso's


I can't find any reliable updates on vaccination rates and/or new spread of COVID in Mexico. We don't mind wearing a mask in public and we have been fully vaccinated but if we will just be hanging out in the condo because nothing is open we will probably opt to reschedule our vacation (again) for 2022. After all, one of the biggest reasons we travel to Zihua is for the people and the food.

You will be able to enjoy yourself with minimal restrictions. The town of Zihua needs your support now more than ever. Vaccination rates are coming along as well as can be expected for Mexico. Make sure you have yours and practice safe Covid protocols and you will be fine. Tell your wife to stop worrying and get about living.


Any advice or information to help me make this decision by the end of September would be greatly appreciated.