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Costa Rica has reopened to travellers

The Central American country has reopened its borders and resumed flights


Now that much of the world has started opening back up after months of lockdown, the list of places you might be able to travel to this year is getting much longer. 

The latest country to reopen is Costa Rica. The Central American nation resumed flights and started admitting international travellers on August 1, after a one-month delay.

However, only travellers arriving from a set list of countries will be allowed in. It includes Canada, certain countries in the European Union and the UK. Despite pressure from the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce, there are no flights yet from the US, despite American travellers making up the bulk of tourists in normal years.

Tourists arriving from permitted countries will need to take out travel insurance from the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute, provide a recent negative PCR test and complete an online Health Pass form. Face masks are currently mandatory in all public spaces in Costa Rica.

Before this all happened, the country featured on a bunch of ‘must-visit’ lists for 2020, thanks to its lush rainforest, thriving wildlife, sustainable credentials and all manner of other brilliant things to do. Now travel is allowed again, we’re sure it’ll be top of a lot of people’s agendas once again.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

Where can you travel right now? Here’s what you need to know.

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