In order to “continue the reactivation of the tourist industry”, Costa Rica will reopen its borders with the six other Central American countries.
Costa Rica announced Thursday that it will reopen as of October 15 its borders with the six other Central American countries, closed since March due to the health crisis of the new coronavirus. The measure aims to “continue the reactivation of the tourism industry”. Costa Rica’s two international airports will be reopened to flights with Central American countries, Costa Rican Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura said.
Like visitors from Mexico, Uruguay, European Union, United Kingdom, United States and several countries in Asia, travelers from Central American countries will be required to present a PCR test. negative as well as insurance covering their health and living expenses in the event of contagion by the coronavirus.
Last year, Costa Rica received 145,000 visitors from Central America, mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, said Gustavo Segura. “The majority of them are business travelers, for conventions and conventions. Often, they extend their stay to visit tourist sites ”, commented the Minister of Tourism.
The small Central American country of five million inhabitants, renowned for its green tourism, received more than three million visitors each year before the health crisis. The sector, which represents around 620,000 direct and indirect jobs, was hit hard by the total closure of Costa Rica’s borders in March, at the start of the pandemic.