Costa Rica opened its doors to tourism a couple months ago, but only a crack. The fan favorite destination for snorkeling, hiking, stunning beaches and laid back lifestyle only opened to visitors from select countries and just a few US states. But now, in the latest twist, Costa Rica will open to all US states, and drop pre-flight covid-19 testing for all visitors.
Is this just the news travelers need to book with confidence, or a daring move which could send visitors in another direction? Perhaps, both.
Costa Rica To Drop Covid-19 Testing Requirement For Travelers
Effective October 26th, travelers will no longer need to present a negative covid-19 PCR test on arrival, when entering Costa Rica. The Central American country is also moving to allow entry from all states in the USA from November 1st, rather than a select list of circa 22 states currently experiencing similar rates of infection to Costa Rica, or lower.
Beyond Americans, Costa Rica is also open to travelers from most of Europe, Central America; and Asia Pacific countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, China, Taipei and Thailand.
Costa Rica’s move to drop testing requirement is a strong departure from the weary initial opening plans, and comes as cases in the country have grown. With cases slowly rising in the country, it’s a move which may give some travelers pause, while winning others over.
Basically, it’s the perfect place for socially distanced, outdoor lifestyles which don’t typically put people at risk, and the country has plenty of villa style accommodations to minimize contact with others. The “easier the better” seems to be working for travel right now.
Mexico, despite high initial case counts reopened for tourism without covid-19 testing in advance of travel, and has been the strongest performing travel destination in the region, with airlines selling out flights and even adding more, in a time most routes are failing.
What Do You Need To Visit Costa Rica?
With pre-flight covid-19 testing dropped, and no quarantine requirement for arrivals from international gateways, Costa Rica is now one of the ‘easiest’ options for travel from Europe, USA, Asia Pacific and or Central America. Still, it’s not quite as before.
All travelers to Costa Rica are still required to fill out a passenger health declaration form, and to provide confirmation of health coverage for the trip, with minimums in coverage. The policy can be foreign, or from a Costa Rican provider. Here’s how Costa Rica Tourism states the health insurance needs…
Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute, or Sagicor, verifying at least the following three conditions. This certificate must be uploaded when filling out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS.
– Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
– Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
– Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemicCosta Rica Tourism
If “pura vida” sounds like the way right now, and some time diving around Costa Rica’s incredible reef sites, catching some surf, or just a bit of rest and relaxation by a pool is in order, this travel news is exciting. Costa Rica will be easier to visit. For travelers with few places to choose from, it’s an amazing option to have.