Puerto Vallarta Covid-19 Testing in 2021

covid testing guide for puerto vallarta in 2021
covid testing guide for puerto vallarta in 2021

Are you traveling to Puerto Vallarta? 

You’re ready for the beautiful beaches, you’ve got your playlist mixed…there’s just one thing keeping you up at night. How do you tackle COVID19 testing and the travel logistics behind your trip? (Pretty important detail.)

The short answer is to book a return testing appointment because you will need a negative COVID19 test to enter back into the United States. If Puerto Vallarta is your destination in 2021, you can easily book an appointment at the new CityHealth Downtown Puerto Vallarta COVID testing site. The long answer is what we’ll break down in the rest of the article to ensure less stress before and during your vacation planning.

Regardless of whether your Puerto Vallarta plans are just floating vacation daydreams, or if you’ve got your plane tickets and hotels already booked, you should know what the international travel and Covid procedures will look like for this destination.

I’m going to break it down for you guys in this article (you can follow along in the video version too!) and show you exactly what you need to do to ensure a smooth sailing trip.

First, let’s take a look at the CDC requirements for flying back into the country: 


“If you are traveling anywhere internationally (including to Puerto Vallarta) in the near future, the CDC is requiring, as of January 26th, 2021, to have a negative Covid test within three days of departing back to the United States. 

The exception to this is if you have recently had Covid and can provide a copy of your positive test results and a letter from a medical professional stating you are cleared to travel. 

The US requires a NAAT, PCR, or Antigen Test” (this is quoted directly from their website)

Let’s take a closer look into the three-day timeline requirement:


The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered.


This basically gives you a little more leeway, because you don’t have to be precise to the hour with your tests.

Okay, so for those date challenged people out there like me, 

For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1 pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.


Here are the CDC guidelines for an extended list of different travel complications, like layover flights, flight delays, etc.

The takeaway is that we need a test result within 3 calendar days. Now let’s take a look at the final piece.


What information must be included in the test result?

You don’t want to take a random test, think you’re all good to go, and show up at the airport just to realize your test result doesn’t contain all the needed information to board your return flight!

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include:

  1. (Test type)Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)
  2. (Test issuer) Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)
  3. (Collection Date) Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the flight.
  4. (Identification info) Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)
  5. Test Result

Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.”

We know navigating a foreign country is hard enough, but if you’re traveling to Puerto Vallarta, there’s actually a super straightforward and specific guaranteed process you can follow to get you on that return flight, on time and stress-free!

CityHealth just opened a test site in Puerto Vallarta, it’s a straightforward $58 dollars. We’re partnered with Southwest and all our testing sites are verified in accordance to all the CDC testing terms we just covered. So if your hotel doesn’t have a testing site, you can drop by ours for an easy appointment and process.

You can book an appointment for your airline-ready results at the new CityHealth Puerto Vallarta COVID testing site.


CityHealth COVID testing sites are verified (matching all these terms) guaranteed to get you home. You can book an antigen test for just $58 dollars! 


Now you’re good to go! I’d recommend doing all your trip planning at the very beginning so you don’t have to worry about these details during your actual trip, so if you don’t have a covid solution for your upcoming trip yet, head over to this link and just get that out of your way now! 

Here is the physical address of the testing site in case you want to write that down too: 

  • Av Los Tules #140, Colonia Díaz Ordaz, C.P. 48310
    Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Once you sign up and book an appointment, the steps are really straightforward and they’ll be outlined out for you, but let me just give you a brief walkthrough on what to expect.


Book your flight to Mexico, register + pre-book testing appointment on CityHealth based on your return flight date, go to Mexico, and then 2-3 days before returning to US, go to the testing site (we also have walk-ups on the testing site), show your confirmation, Bilingual on-site staff will conduct the Rapid Antigen test (which is the test you need to get back home!) and send you PDF results in English via email which you can add to Apple or Google wallet, automatically expire after 96/72 hours.


Lastly- you definitely will want to check out our free 25-page Puerto Vallarta Digital Travel Magazine: https://go.cityhealth.com/cityhealth-puerto-vallarta-digital-guide


Hope you have a great trip and a great return trip back! If you check out the test site, make sure to share your experience. Don’t forget to join the giveaway on our Youtube video!

Bon voyage and safe travels!



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