Costa Rica to reopen for tourism August 1st

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Starting from August 1st, Costa Rica is re-opening its borders to travelers from selected low-risk countries following nearly four-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United Kingdom, Canada, nations from the EU and Schengen area have been included in Costa Rica’s list of low-risk countries. Even though, Tourists from the USA make up the largest international arrivals into Costa Rica but will remain banned upon reopening.

A gradual revival of the tourism industry and safeguarding sanitary measures is the objective of the phased re-opening to international commercial flights.

Costa Rica’s new tourism minister, Gustavo Segura, said: “We expect to receive fewer than five commercial flights per week at the outset.

“However, these are drops of hope for more than 600,000 people who directly or indirectly depend on the tourism industry.”

To allow visitors to enter Costa Rica, a negative result of the PCR Covid-19 test will be mandatory in the 48 hours prior to the trip.

On arrival, visitors will need to complete a digital epidemiological form and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses for acute illness.

Costa Rica’s two international airports, Juan Santamaría in San José and Daniel Oduber in Liberia, have also added new health measures for all passengers arriving into the country.

Costa Rica received 78,562 visitors from the UK in 2019.

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