Costa Rica to Allow More Tourists

As of September 1, the authorities will allow the entry of U.S. residents from the states of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and as of September 15, tourists from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado will also be able to arrive.

Friday, August 28, 2020

A few days ago, it was reported that by September 1st, commercial flights between the US and Costa Rica, which were suspended for more than five months due to the outbreak of covid-19, will gradually reopen.

Costa Rican authorities will initially allow the arrival of foreign visitors from the states of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut.

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The new provisions are that on September 1, those who live in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will also be able to enter. Two weeks later, on September 15, residents of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado will also be allowed to enter.

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Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism, explained that "... travelers from these 12 states are allowed access because they currently have a similar epidemiological condition or lower levels of contagion to those of Costa Rica."

Segura added that "... tourists from authorized states will be able to arrive to the country, even if they stop at an unauthorized destination, as long as they do not leave the airport. For example, a tourist who takes a flight from Newark airport in New Jersey and makes a stopover in Panama may enter the country."

Another measure announced this Thursday is that from now on, the period for taking the PCR sample -whose result must be negative- will go from 48 to 72 hours. This applies to all countries authorized to enter Costa Rica, informed the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

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