The United States had most countries under a level four travel alert, do not travel, during much of the covid-19 pandemic. It has now lowered the warning for Costa Rica to level 3, reconsider the trip due to covid-19.
“This is excellent news for the country given that the travel categories in times of pandemic acquire greater importance,” stated the ICT.
This improvement in the recommendation comes at a great time, as Costa Rica has opened its borders to U.S. citizens from some states and will do so for all U.S. citizens as of November 1st.
The U.S. is the main source of tourists to Costa Rica, representing 42.5% of international arrivals in 2019. Opening up to this market will generate 80,000 jobs and $1,500 million in foreign currency by 2021.
Since mid-September, the Minister of Tourism and the Chancellor of the Republic have been in negotiations with the United States Embassy regarding reclassifying the travel warning for Costa Rica.
The country is seen in a better light now, based on its management of the pandemic, its health system, and its established protocols for tourist activities.
Most countries in Latin America and Europe are also level 3. Only 16 countries have level 2 and just two countries have level 1.