Costa Rica is more open to tourism: foreigners will be able to enter without health insurance.

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The tourist authorities of Costa Rica announced that as of April 1, foreigners not vaccinated against Covid-19 who wish to enter the country will not have to present a health pass or take out medical insurance. The Costa Rican Government also announced the cancellation of the vehicle restriction

The measure is given in order to promote tourist activity, to which is added the cancellation of the vehicle restriction.

“The growth of tourism as we have experienced in recent months comes from two topics: first, due to the important position of the country as a safe destination and second, due to measures such as those taken today, which effectively give the signal of a country that it handles the pandemic correctly”, said the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura at a press conference.

The announced measure comes a few days after the Immigration authorities and businessmen in the tourism sector stated that the review of the health pass would cause huge lines at the country’s airports and border points, representing a nuisance for travelers.

As part of these measures, the authorities also reported that as of March 7, nationals entering the country will no longer have to present the health pass and the vehicle restriction will be eliminated.

According to statements by the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, this decision was made jointly, thanks to the decrease in the statistics of Covid-19 infections, although they call on businessmen in the sector to continue promoting the use of masks in places closed, hand washing and temperature taking.

“We are with a mentality of activating the economy and moving forward responsibly. We always talk about progressive but responsible reactivation; This is not the time to stop wearing the mask,” Salas warned.

Costa Rica is a country with very high tourism potential and this 2022 has been located in the best positions of the countries to vacation worldwide.

In 2021, Costa Rica received 1.3 million tourists, which represented a recovery of 50% of the tourism that entered the country each year before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT).

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Extranjeros no vacunados contra el Covid podrán ingresar a Costa Rica sin seguro médico.

Las autoridades turísticas de Costa Rica anunciaron que a partir del 1 de abril, los extranjeros no vacunados contra el Covid-19 que deseen ingresar al país, no tendrán que presentar el pase de salud, ni contratar un seguro médico.

La medida se da en aras de impulsar la actividad turística, a la cual se le suma la cancelación de la restricción vehicular.

“El crecimiento del turismo como lo hemos vivido en los últimos meses viene por dos temas: primero por el posicionamiento importante del país como un destino seguro y segundo por medidas como las tomadas el día de hoy, que efectivamente dan la señal de un país que maneja la pandemia de manera correcta”, expresó el ministro de turismo, Gustavo Segura en conferencia de prensa.

La medida anunciada se da pocos días después que las autoridades de Migración y empresarios del sector turístico manifestaran que la revisión del pase de salud, provocara enormes filas en los aeropuertos y puntos fronterizos del país, representando una molestia para los viajeros.

Como parte de estas medidas, las autoridades también informaron que a partir del 7 de marzo, los nacionales que ingresen al país ya no tendrán que presentar el pase de salud y se eliminará la restricción vehicular.

De acuerdo con declaraciones del ministro de Salud, Daniel Salas, esta decisión se tomó en conjunto, gracias al descenso en las estadísticas de contagios de Covid-19, aunque hacen un llamado a los empresarios del sector a seguir promoviendo el uso de mascarillas en lugares cerrados, el lavado de manos y la toma de temperatura.

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“Estamos con una mentalidad de activar la economía y de avanzar responsablemente. Siempre hablamos de la reactivación progresiva, pero responsable; no es momento de dejar de usar la mascarilla”, advirtió Salas.

Costa Rica es un país con un potencial turístico muy alto y este 2022 ha sido ubicado en los mejores puestos de los países para vacacionar a nivel mundial.

En 2021, Costa Rica recibió 1,3 millones de turistas, lo que representó una recuperación del 50% del turismo que ingresaba cada año al país antes de la pandemia del Covid-19, de acuerdo con datos del Según Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT).

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