Travel | August 20, 2020 12:13 pm

Americans Can Now Travel to Costa Rica, But There’s One Big Catch

The COVID-era visitor policy excludes residents from several states

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Only residents from six U.S. states will allowed to visit Costa Rica
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Given that it’s currently hard to travel within the United States due to our ongoing pandemic, there’s no surprise that other countries have been wary of letting Americans visit.

Costa Rica is now an exception, but even that beautiful Central American country has its limits.

According to the travel site One Mile at a Time (via The Tico Times), Americans wishing to travel to Costa Rica can do so starting in September … as long as they can prove they’re from one of six states (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont).

Travelers will also need to show proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test (that’s the common nasal swab one) taken no more than 48 hours before their flight. As well, they’ll have to complete a digital epidemiological form and purchase travel insurance that covers medical expenses as well as quarantine accommodations (there are two travel insurance plans from Costa Rica that are pre-approved).

If that sounds limiting, it’s because it is. Only five commercial flights from the U.S. will be headed down to Costa Rica per week. And people arriving via private plane or yacht are under the same restrictions.