#TravelNewsTuesday: Important Updates to Costa Rica Entry Requirements

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Howdy! It’s #TravelNewsTuesday and today we are bringing you news from Costa Rica regarding important updates to their entry requirements.

The Government of Costa Rica recently announced information regarding the use of vaccine certificates within the destination:

From December 1, 2021 to January 7, 2022 there will be a transition period where businesses in Costa Rica can admit people without vaccinations provided they operate at 50% capacity. Local businesses, including hotels, will have the ability to decide if they operate at full capacity, therefore requiring proof of vaccination, or at 50% capacity without proof of vaccination.

From January 8, 2022, hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gymnasiums, resorts, and adventure tourism may admit only persons who are verifiably fully-vaccinated (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca & Janssen). This must be verified by means of a QR code or the printed vaccination certificate. This requirement applies to all patrons 12 years of age and older.

Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will not require proof of vaccination.

From January 8, 2022 all tourists 12 years of age and older without proof of vaccination, with incomplete vaccination schedules or inoculated with vaccines that are not approved by Costa Rica will only be able to enter the country to visit family, friends or their own properties in the country. These travelers will have to complete a Health Pass and purchase a travel policy that covers COVID-19 care and quarantine if necessary. However, they will not be able to enter commercial establishments, as these establishments will require full vaccination.

For U.S. and Canadian travelers, a government-issued COVID-19 vaccination record card or certificate will be accepted as proof of vaccine status.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming trip to Costa Rica with Book Here, Give Here, please reach out to your Travel Gurus.


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