Costa Rica will be reopening its borders for international tourists starting on August 1st allowing visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura announced Thursday.
Visitors arriving from the Schengen Area, which comprises some countries not in the EU, are also welcome, the Costa Rica Tourism Board clarified later Thursday.
Costa Rica also announced the entry requirements for travelers.
- Must complete and present an epidemiological survey.
- Present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within the 48 hours before their travel to Costa Rica.
- Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
- Follow all airport and local health protocols. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoors circumstances.
The country expects to receive fewer than five commercial flights per week at the outset, Segura said, representing less than 1% of Costa Rica’s pre-coronavirus flight volume.
“These are drops of hope for more than 600,000 people who directly or indirectly depend on the tourism dynamic,” the tourism minister said.
Noticeably absent from the allowed countries is the United States.
In 2019, more than 1.3 million tourists came to Costa Rica from the United States, more than any other single country by far. However, due to the North American nation’s surging case total, Costa Rica has not yet authorized commercial flights from the United States.
Update August 20: Americans from 6 states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) can now enter on Sept 1.
Update September: More US states can now enter as of September 15; Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Costa Rica's borders have been closed since March devastating the tourism industry which makes up 8.2% of Costa Rica’s GDP.