Costa Rica is dropping Covid-testing requirements and fully reopening

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Costa Rica tourism minister Gustavo Segura announced Friday that the country was dropping its Covid-testing requirements and opening its borders to all international visitors.
Costa Rica tourism minister Gustavo Segura announced Friday that the country was dropping its Covid-testing requirements and opening its borders to all international visitors. Photo Credit: Costa Rica Tourism Ministry

Costa Rica is dropping its Covid-19-testing requirements and opening its borders to all international travelers beginning Nov. 1.

The country's tourism minister, Gustavo Segura, announced the changes Friday, citing the need to revive the country's tourism industry, which he said accounts for more than 600,00 jobs.

The current requirement that inbound travelers provide proof of a negative test will be dropped on Monday, and the country will fully open its borders Nov. 1.

The country began reopening Aug. 1 to travelers from select U.S. states with low infection rates.

Segura said the decisions to drop the testing requirements follows an Oct. 9 statement from the Pan American Health Organization that it considers tests and quarantines unnecessary for the resumption of international travel.

Still, he noted that sustainability of the new policy will depend on the evolution of the pandemic in the country.

And he called on tourism companies to continue "with the commitment to apply prevention protocols in a very comprehensive manner."

He also called on visitors to "practice tourism responsibly."

Visitors will still be required to fill out an electronic health form before arriving and will be required to carry international travelers health insurance or purchase it in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor.

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