Hankeringanescape? Central America is close for U.S. travellers, and most countries in the region are open for travel and tourism. This consist of popular destinations like Costa Rica and Mexico. That said, entry requirements may differsignificantly throughout the region, so you should know what to assume before booking anexcursion.
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Costa Rica — Open, health forms and proof of insurance needed
Belize — Open, proof of vaccination or negative test required
El Salvador — Open, negative PCR test or proof of vaccination required
Guatemala — Open, with specific entry requirements
Honduras — Open, negative PCR test or proof of vaccination required
Mexico — Open with no entry requirements
Nicaragua — Open, with PCR test requirements
Panama — Open, with PCR or antigen test requirements
Belize— Open, proof of vaccination or negative test required
Belize is now open to U.S. travellers, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Travelers arriving by air must provide one of the following items to enter the country:
Proof of being fully vaccinated
(a) A negative COVID-19 PCR test within four days of arrival
(b) A negative COVID-19 antigen test within two days of arrival
If none of the above items are delivered, a rapid antigen test is required, which will cost $50 in cash.
Also, travellers must book a “Gold Standard” hotel, according to the Belize tourism website. These types of hotels have received extra health and safety training and have been approved to welcome tourists. Before going to this hotel you need a booking proof.
Note: Nationwide curfew is there, and mask is obligatory for all the situations.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory due to crime.
Costa Rica — Open, Health Forms and Proof of Insurance Needed
Costa Rica has reopened to U.S. travellers from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Those wishing to enter the country can arrive by air or certain land borders and must follow a list of specific instructions.
National parks and beaches are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, according to the U.S. Embassy. Plus, you can operate your business between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily with capacity restrictions.
Surfers at sunset walking on beach, Playa Guiones, Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
That said, the country has some of the hard entry requirements. Travelers must complete the following necessities:
(1) Fill out the electronic epidemiological health pass form before departure
(2) Produce a negative RT-PCR diagnostic test with results dated within 72 hours of departure to Costa Rica
Show proof of traveller’s medical insurance, either purchased internationally or directly from Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor.
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company must be in English and Spanish:
Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000
Includes minimum coverage of $2,000 for potential quarantine lodging expenses issued as a result of the disease.
Note: Any emergency or dental coverage provided by credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve will not meet this requirement.
Have stayed for at least 14 days in one of the countries to which Costa Rica has opened its air border.
Have No COVID-19 Symptoms
For stays of 90 days or less, you’ll require valid passport to enter and proof of onward travel to exit Costa Rica to bypass tourist visa requirements.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Don’t Travel advisory due to crime.
El Salvador — Open, Negative PCR Test or Proof of Vaccination Required
Santa Ana Cathedral and Theatre in Santa Ana El Salvador
Visit Santa Ana and other major cities in El Salvador if you got vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.
El Salvador resurrected for commercial flights on Sept. 19, to Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. The country had been closed to international visitors since mid-March 2020 when the pandemic spread worldwide.
To enter the country, travellers must present either a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, according to the U.S. Embassy. The ability to enter with proof of vaccination is a relatively new policy, so the Embassy recommends that passengers confirm that their airline has updated its own policies.
Local businesses are open with no restriction, and public transportation is operating.
The U.S. State Department has a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution advisory for this small Central American country due to crime and COVID-19.
Guatemala — Open, with Specific Entry Requirements
Guatemala is open to most travellers who follow the entry protocols.
Those wishing to travel to Guatemala must provide one of the following three things, according to the U.S. Embassy:
A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
Proof of Full Vaccination
Proof of Recovery from COVID-19 Within Three Months of Travel to Guatemala
Flights are operating to and from the country, and land borders are open. However, most travellers who have been in Brazil, South Africa or the United Kingdom in the past two weeks will be denied entry into Guatemala.
Travelers must pass through health checkpoints upon arrival, and those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms might be denied entry into the country. Masks are compulsory there, and transportation and other services is running with at least 50% capacities.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory due to crime and COVID-19.
Honduras — Open, Negative PCR test or Proof of Vaccination Required
Honduras Flag Flying Over Tegucigalpa
Honduras reopened for tourists from all countries on August 17. Entering visitors must complete a registration form from the government and present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry at the border. Foreigners who have been in or transited through the U.K. or South Africa in the past 21 days are restricted from entering Honduras, according to the U.S. Embassy.
The local health authority maintains the right to grant or deny final approval for entry based on their determination of risk of COVID-19 from any visiting travellers. Exiting travellers must also complete another pre-check form online and complete a health surveillance form, affidavit of clean health and customs form.
There is a 10 pm to 5 am curfew in place until July 25. Thankfully, most businesses are open at 50% capacity, and public transportation is operating. Bars, nightclubs, gyms, sports complexes, convention centres, theatres, and educational centres are currently closed.
Note that the U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory due to crime and COVID-19.
Mexico — Open with No Entry Requirements
People in the streets of Oaxaca Mexico
Visit Oaxaca and other Mexican tourist hotspots this year with few entry restrictions. Americans can travel by air to anywhere in Mexico with almost zero restrictions or entry requirements. The land border, however, remains closed to all but important travel through at least Aug. 21, according to the U.S. Embassy.
The entirety of Mexico is now open to international tourists with no testing or vaccine requirements. On arrival, you need a health verification Forum.
There is a four-tier traffic light system in place that determines if businesses can open and gatherings can take place. The red tier signifies maximum restriction, orange limits capacity in public places to 30%, yellow allows businesses to open with “basic prevention measures,” and green allows businesses to operate with zero restriction.
Tourists are strongly encouraged to wear their face masks in all social spaces, including on flights. However, first-hand accounts from TPG staff note that mask compliance is hit or miss.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory due to COVID-19 and, in some areas, kidnapping and crime.
San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua Beach:
If have done Covid-19 test, Nicaragua never really shut down over the coronavirus pandemic, drawing censure from humanitarian organizations such as Human Rights Watch. Local reports claimed that the government actively discouraged Nicaraguans, including health workers and airport staff, from wearing masks.
The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua states that a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required to enter Nicaragua.
Travellers arriving from countries with a known yellow fever risk must present proof of vaccination against the virus. Tourists should be ready for additional health screenings, although the embassy states that travellers are not required to produce any additional health documentation to enter the country.
Other than that, businesses — including bars and restaurants — remain open, and there is no curfew in place.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory to Nicaragua due to “limited healthcare availability and arbitrary enforcement of laws.”
Panama — Open, with PCR or Antigen Test Requirements
Tourists can enter Panama so long as they bring a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Panama. Those who do not have a test can take one before airport customs for $50. Those who test positive are required to quarantine at a government-provided hotel for 14-days free of charge. All travellers must complete an electronic affidavit before check-in that states they agree to comply with COVID restrictions and have not been in contact with a COVID-positive person in the past 14 days.
Hard restrictions for those who have been in (or transited through) South America, India, South Africa or the UK for the past 15 days. These travellers are required to take an $85 COVID test upon arrival. If negative, they will be placed into a mandatory 3-day quarantine at an authorized hotel. Then, the traveller will have to take another COVID test on the third day of quarantine and can exit quarantine if the results come back negative.
Most of Panama’s requirements follow basic health protocols for COVID-19 prevention. Face masks are required. Travelers are encouraged to utilize e- payment where possible, take advantage of hand sanitizer stations, submit to temperature checks by businesses and tourism operators, and use digital maps and menus to avoid cross-contamination through paper.
Most businesses are open panama at very less capacity. Restaurants are open and encourage reservations to avoid crowding. Further, there’s a 50% capacity limit in shared vehicles and a 30% capacity limit on event spaces. Beaches are open for visitors.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory due to crime.