Costa Rica has opened its borders to citizens from the Schengen Zone, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada.

Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s Tourism Minister, says that from 1 August, the Central American country expects to receive fewer than five commercial flights per week, which is less than 1% of the country’s pre-coronavirus flight volume.

“These are drops of hope for more than 600,000 people who directly or indirectly depend on the dynamic tourism,” the minister said.

Schengen Visa Info reports tourists must, however, adhere to the following measures, upon their entry to Costa Rica:

  • Complete an epidemiological survey.
  • Present a negative result for a coronavirus test.
  • Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
  • Tourists will be required to wear a mask or face covering in almost all places.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Costa Rica has recorded a total of 162 deaths due to the coronavirus.

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