Indians seek travel companions for parents coming via Mexico

Mexico City International Airport
Mexico City International Airport; image via https://www.aicm.com.mx/

Unable to travel to India due to Covid, many consider inviting their parents to US.

As more Indians look at Mexico as a possible transit route to travel to the US during the ongoing Covid related travel ban from India, some are considering this route for their parents too.

After some of those who were stuck in India, shared their successful transit back to the US via Mexico, a few are now getting encouraged to invite their parents from India through the same route.

However, given the fact that in the current situation one needs to stay at least 14 days in Mexico before entering the US, the language barriers and food choices are some of the matters of concern for those wanting to fly their parents through Mexico.

To make it easier for them, many Indians are now looking at travel companions who can travel together to give each other company during this long journey to the US.

Read: From India to the US via Mexico: travel in the time of pandemic (May 25, 2021)

Neha Verma, who is in her third trimester says, “I haven’t been to India in three years now. Our plan was to travel last summer but pandemic changed things. This year, the situation in India is even worse.”

“Also I am not in a state to travel so I want my parents to be by my side,” she says. “They are fully vaccinated and have traveled to the US, multiple times all by themselves.”

“But when it comes to staying in Mexico for two weeks, they are getting a little jittery so I began looking among my friends and acquaintances if anybody they know or someone else’ parents are taking the same route. Having company would just help them calm a little bit.”

Verma is not the only one looking for travel companions for aging parents who may not be as used to multiple transits during the Covid travel ban.

Gaurav Kalra who runs the popular Facebook group, Indian Expats in USA, confirms that for the past few days, he’s been inundated with requests from members wanting to know more about the route.

So much so that Kalra had to create a sub group where members could ask, share and offer to help each other going through similar experiences.

On whether it is advisable for Indians to take this longer route to avert the travel ban Kalra says, “There is nothing about it, which is illegal.”

“The travel requirement is that anyone who is entering the US, must not have spent the last 14 days in India, which is the Covid red zone right now. So by spending 14 days in Mexico you are actually eligible to enter the US.”

Read: To beat travel ban, Detroit man flies home via Turkey (May 31, 2021)

On why some may be looking for these desperate measures, Kalra says, “Well, the presidential proclamation has no end date. People have jobs to keep, family matters that require immediate attention and other emergency needs, hence they may be looking at alternate ways.”

“Also, last year, when some travel restrictions were put due to Covid, it took them more than a year to be taken out. Certainly people cannot be expected to wait that long or for an indefinite period.”

Many travel groups are now seeing members coming forward to help each other.

Nishant Jain, who traveled from India to Chicago, says, “I could come directly as I have an exemption, but I am happy to counsel anyone or their parents who are looking at traveling.”

Since most aging parents are not very comfortable with multiple transits and asking for essential services like RT-PCR required to fly back to the US, many are also ready to alter their plans by a day or two to accommodate someone’s parents to travel with them.

25 Comments

  1. Haritha Reddi

    Looking for processes for parents travel to USA via Mexico. To get Mexico visiting visa , do they need to attend in person interview at Mexican embassay ? Please let me know if any travel
    agents to help for all the processes.

    Thanks
    Haritha

  2. BK Dhawan

    Hi, We (me and my wife) on B1/B2 VISA from Delhi are planning to go to San Francisco via Mexico due to COVID restrictions. The tentative date of travel is first week of September 21. Tickets are yet to be booked. Looking for companions. Can reach out me on WhatsApp @+91 7901774566

  3. I am planning to bring my inlaw from Chennai to USA via mexico on August 7th and looking for companion.
    Please reply

    • I’m also planning to bring my In-law around this time to Washington DC from Chennai. Please mail me. We shall plan.

    • Vijayalakshmi

      Hi Rajesh.Would like details regarding tickets from chennai to US via Mexico. If possible I would like to travel like that in the same date as your mom.My email is Lakshmibaskaran89@gmail.com. Can you please get in touch?
      Thanks ..Vijayalakshmi Baskaran

  4. M L N murthy

    Hi, We (Wife n Husband B1/B2 Visa) are planning to go to Philadelphia/Washington DC, US via Mexico from Hyderabad on last week of August 2021, tickets not yet booked. If any companions are ready to go around the said time (last week of August or First week of September ’21) will plan to book the tickets at a time. Please reach out to me on what’s app 8885568838 or mail : murthy.mummaredy@gmail.com

    • Haritha Reddi

      Hi Murty garu ,
      We were also planning for my parents from Hyd to Washington DC. Sent the msg to what’s up to the number to provided. Please let us know if we can plan together.

      Thanks,
      Haritha

  5. raghuveer

    I am planning to get my mom from hyderabad to dallas or austin via mexico. They are on b1/b2 visa and planning to travel in first half of august with flexible travel dates during this period. I am looking for another family who can travel on the same route. Please reach out to me at raghuveerkalyan66@yahoo.com. Kindly call me at +17325865969

  6. Prabir Banerjee

    Can anyone add me in a group for travel to USA via Mexico.
    As early as possible.

    Whatsapps/Mob: 91-9830081788

  7. Prabir Banerjee

    Presently I am in India.
    I want to go to USA via Mexico in a group as early as possible.
    Requesting to contact me.
    Banerjee
    9830081788

  8. Is there a WhatsApp group to discuss this?

  9. Hrishikesh

    I am planning to get my parents from mumbai to Washington DC via mexico. They are on b1/b2 visa and planning to travel in first half of august with flexible travel dates during this period. I am looking for another family who can travel on the same route. Please reach out to me at hrdus2712@gmail.com

  10. Hello, I am also looking for travel companions for my parents travelling from HYD to Seattle via Mexico. Can you please share details and how you are going about it? I can be reached at mysticlotus12@gmail.com.

  11. I am looking for travel companions for my parents traveling from Hyderabad to seattle via Mexico on around July 17th. If anyone is traveling around this time please get in touch

    • Sreedhar Konda

      Hi Rashmita! I am planning to bring my parents around mud July. I haven’t booked flight tickets yet.

      I would love to connect with you and see if we can travel together.

      Please reach out to me on konda5689@gmail.com. So we can connect.

    • Manisha lakhwani

      Hi. A member of my family is wanting to come in a few days to new york via 14 day Mexico quarentine. Please reach me at manishalakhwani2501@gmail.com

    • M L N murthy

      Hi Rashmita, We are parents of NRI Resident of Delaware. We are planning go to go to US Washington DC via Mexico on last week of August or first week of September ’21 according to availability of tickets n situation. Tickets yet to be booked, looking for companions. Can reach out me on what’s app 8885568 838 or email: murthy.mummareddy@gmail.com we resides at Jalvayuvihar. Best wishes.

    • M L N Murthy

      Hi Rashmita, We are parents of NRI Resident of Delaware. We are planning go to go to US Washington DC via Mexico on last week of August or first week of September ’21 according to availability of tickets n situation. Tickets yet to be booked, looking for companions. Can reach out me on what’s app 8885568 838 or email: murthy.mummareddy@gmail.com we resides at Jalvayuvihar. Best wishes.

  12. Also I had a concern if transit is possible and smooth with valid US tourist visa in frankfurt.

    • Did you get answer to this question? If we can transit via Frankfurt without a Schengen visa? Pls update.

  13. Hi. I am trying to get my parents from delhi to chicago via mexico. The flight is via frankfurt. Just wanted to confirm if anyone on tourist US visa have flown the same way and reached US without anyone objecting. Please email me if you can guide. Thank you!

    • Hi, I am also planning to get my parents to Dallas via mexico. But I am looking for companion to accompany my parents. Please let me know how you are planning. Thanks.

      • Hi, I am also planning to get my father to San Francisco via mexico. But I am looking for companion to accompany my father. Please let me know how you are planning. Thanks.

      • raghuveer

        hi did your parents travelled?

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