Earlier this month, Costa Rica announced that effective September 1, they would allow citizens from the United States to visit for tourism. However the caveat was that the welcome mat was only for those who were residents of 6 states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.
The decision for this limit was to only allow tourists who came from states where there were relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases.
The small Central American country has now amended that list.
In addition to the original 6 states whose residents will be able to begin visiting Costa Rica on September 1st, those living in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. (yes, I know it’s not a state LOL) will also be able to travel there as of that date. Additionally, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado will join the authorized list 2 weeks later, on September 15th.
“The entry of travelers from these 12 states is allowed because they currently have an epidemiological condition similar or lower levels of contagion to those of Costa Rica,” Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura said during a recent press conference. “I reiterate the call for joint responsibility to protect people’s health, and at the same time, the jobs that we hope to recover. If we all adhere to the protocols, the measures will be sustainable over time.”
Travelers visiting from the authorized U.S. states must show proof of residency with either a driver’s license or state I.D. Visitors will have to provide a negative PCR test result that was taken within 72 hours of their travel to Costa Rica.
Visitors from the approved states will also have to complete a digital health questionnaire and buy mandatory travel insurance (international or bought locally from Costa Rican insurers) that will cover accommodations in case they have to quarantine, as well as any medical expenses that occur due to COVID-19.
Effective August 31st, Costa Rica’s hotels will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity, except for common areas (i.e. restaurants, fitness centers and swimming pools), which will be limited to 50% capacity.
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