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If You’re From One Of These Six U.S. States, You’ll Be Able To Travel To Costa Rica Next Month
Costa Rica is one of the most popular Central American destinations for North American travelers. Tourists are drawn to the rugged, unspoiled beaches, lush jungles, abundant wildlife, and friendly locals. If you have been eager to make a trip to experience Pura Vida, you may be in luck. During a press conference on Wednesday, August 19, Minister of Tourism Gustavo J. Segura announced Costa Rica would begin re-opening to some American travelers next month.
Starting September 1, residents from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut will be able to visit as long as they continue to follow strict health and safety regulations. These states have COVID-19 numbers similar to Costa Rica, and the country is eager to boost the tourist economy in which American travelers largely contribute.
“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,” said Segura. “The idea is to continue shedding drops of hope: not to lose heart and know that there is light on the other side of this tunnel.”
Before this announcement, the country was only allowing travelers to enter from Canada, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, the European Union, Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
In order to visit Costa Rica, you will need to provide a health report, purchase travel insurance to cover hotel and medical costs in case you get COVID-19 while traveling, and proof of residency from one of the six states mentioned. Be prepared to wear face masks when traveling throughout the country and agree to temperature checks at hotels, airports, and other attractions.