Costa Rica to welcome the UK this August
by Laura Gelder
Costa Rica is re-opening its borders to UK travellers from August 1, with new protocols in place for travellers.
The Central American country has been closed to visitor for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is now welcoming visitors and including the UK in its list of low-risk countries together with Canada and nations from the EU and Schengen area.
The country expects a gradual revival of its tourism industry and safeguarding sanitary measures are the objective of a 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 have proof of 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 has been awarded the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp - the world’s first global safety and hygiene stamp, which allows travellers to identify destinations and businesses which have adopted the global standardised health and hygiene protocols.