by Lacey Pfalz
Last updated: 12:45 AM ET, Wed October 7, 2020
The Mexican state of Baja California announced on October 6 that it has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council's (WTTC) "Safe Travels" Stamp in recognition of the health and hygiene protocols the state has put in place as part of its reopening strategy.
Baja California is the third state in Mexico to receive the "Safe Travels" Stamp; Guanajuato and the Yucatan have begun reopening to local tourists after receiving the certification. Many of these states' hotels, resorts and tourist destinations have received the "Safe Travels" Stamp, as well.
"The health and safety of our visitors is paramount to us," said Baja California Secretary of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (SEST) Mario Escobedo Carignan.
"Over the past several months, we have worked closely with hotels, restaurants and other tourism service providers in the state to implement the highest sanitation standards and protocols for staff and visitors. This recognition further showcases the progress we have made. We are thrilled to receive the "Safe Travels" Stamp and hope travelers will consider visiting Baja California as they look for safe ways to travel in the near future."
The WTTC "Safe Travels" Stamp was created with the help of health experts such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); industry leaders such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA); as well as governments to help travelers recognize which destinations and businesses are using the best protocols for keeping travelers safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States and Mexico border is closed to nonessential travelers until October 21, 2020, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the two countries. However, the closures do not affect air travel between the two countries.
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