Costa Rica officials have announced that they are reopening the borders to American. And would welcome back citizens from the United States starting fringe September 1. But there will be some restrictions that the arrivals will have to follow.
However, the country is allowing travelers from only six states who can visit Costa Rica. These are Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. Travelers from these states who are able to provide a driver’s license or equivalent government-issued ID can enter the nation.
The Central American country is allowing tourists from these approved states. As there is less number of confirmed coronavirus cases as compared to other states. Private planes and yachts from the U.S. can also visit the nation on a “case by case basis.”
However, the Central American nation resumed flights and started admitting international travelers on August 1.
“In these six states, there has been a very positive evolution of the pandemic. And their epidemiological indicators are of high quality,” Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said in a press statement.
“We are taking very gradual and carefully analyzed steps in the direction of the revitalization of tourism. That is very necessary for the protection of the social progress that Costa Rica has achieved through this industry,” Segura continued.
Other Countries From Where Travelers Can Visit
Other than these six American states, visitors from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will be permitted to enter the country.
However, travelers entering Costa Rica will have to fill out an online health questionnaire. They will also have to provide a negative coronavirus test result taken within 48 hours prior to arriving in the country. Face masks are currently mandatory in all enclosed public spaces in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica’s reputation as an eco-friendly travel destination was further cemented last month. As it received Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) standard for lodging and tour operators achieving the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s GSTC-Recognized Standard status.
Tourism is a critical part of the Costa Rican economy. Some 1.7 million people visit the country in a typical year.
As of August 18, Costa Rica had 29,643 cases of coronavirus, according to data from the US embassy in San Jose.