Great News, the Costa Rica government has opened the borders to travelers from the States of Texas, Florida and Georgia to the list of places that are allowed to visit Costa Rica, effective October 15th.
Even better news! is that effective November 1, 2020, residents from all US States and Washington D.C. are allowed to enter Costa Rica.
As a reminder: if you are coming to visit you are still required to meet the health standards and protocols that were implemented by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica. They are listed below.
Here is a link and the latest news from the US Embassy in Costa Rica detailing all the requirements for tourists and US residents of Costa Rica https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Requirements for tourists and returning residents from approved departure locations prior to October 16th and then those areas after November 1, 2020, are as follows:
A) All people entering Costa Rica must complete the digital epidemiological form. This is known as the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.” https://salud.go.cr/
B) Tourists must obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test. The sample for this test must have been taken at most 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica. If you have a layover you are not allowed to leave the airport and it can only be for 18 hours.
C) Tourists must purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. This policy can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers. The Minimum is $50,000 USD health and $2,000.00 for lodging.
D) Tourists from the United States must demonstrate they live in one of the authorized States, via their driver’s license or State ID.
If traveling with Children click the link below for the details as this is important as well.
Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license or State ID card. The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has an English-language website detailing news with entry requirements: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements
Many people have been inquiring already about this breaking news and asking, “is it safe to come to Costa Rica during this COVID mess”? Well, in my opinion YES! The number of active cases as of October 3rd are just over 32 thousand, there are roughly 5 million people in Costa Rica, that is approximately .006% of the population. Thats pretty low!
In the county of Carrillo, where Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Ocotal and surrounding areas are, total active cases = 53. With a population of roughly 46,000 people in Carrillo, that equates to approximately .001% of the population. So, your chance of contracting COVID while in the Playa Hermosa area is very, very low. Proper social distancing is required as well as face masks in all closed environments, such as retail stores and restaurants.
The Beaches are open until 2:30 in the afternoon. All the national parks are open. Beaches and parks are only two of the many reasons people come to Costa Rica.
The borders are open! Come on down and enjoy Costa Rica with us!
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