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Costa Rica reopens borders to UK travellers from August 1

Costa Rica is re-opening its borders to UK travellers on August 1 after a four-month closure due to the pandemic, with the UK now included in Costa Rica’s list of low-risk countries.

The phased re-opening of the country borders to international commercial flights aims at reviving the tourism industry, with strict sanitary measures in place.

Costa Rica’s tourism minister, Gustavo Segura, said: “We expect to receive less 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 enter Costa Rica, all visitors must carry a certificate of a negative test result of the PCR Covid-19 test, conducted not more than 48 hours prior to the trip. On arrival, visitors will need to complete a digital epidemiological form and purchase 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’s sector-wide recovery efforts, including the 16 health protocols that the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has launched, have been recognised by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) with a Safe Travels stamp. The stamp will allow travellers to identify destinations and businesses which have adopted standardised health and hygiene protocols followed all over the world. WTTC’s Safe Travels scheme is supported by World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

To know more about Costa Rica’s health and safety measures against COVID-19, visit: https://www.ict.go.cr/en/institutional-services/coronavirus-support-material-tourism-sector.html

For more information about Costa Rica, visit: www.visitcostarica.com/uk


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