Costa Rica has no army and was ranked 39th in the Global Peace Index for 2021, making it the most peaceful country in Central America with a low violent crime rate and high political stability.
Thus, for those still wondering, yes, Costa Rica is very safe.
Costa Rica, gearing up to attract adventurous American and Canadian travelers to this safe destination
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) is working to promote Costa Rica as an adventure tourism destination for American and Canadian tourists.
The ICT estimates that Canada is the second most significant North American market for Costa Rica, while adventure tourism is the third most popular reason to visit the country. For this reason, the promotion and attraction of this tourist profile is of great importance to the institution.
“Canada is the second country that generates more tourists to Costa Rica after the United States. In 2019, it contributed to the arrival of 234,621 tourists and in the first three months of this year the arrival of 61,349 Canadians by air was reported,” said Ireth Rodríguez, head of ICT promotion.
Costa Rica is on its way to becoming safer for the LGBTIQ+ Community
Members of the LGTBIQ+ Community are about to travel more safely when visiting Costa Rica as the country will punish “hate crimes” with prison sentences ranging from 20 to 35 years. This is according to a law passed Monday and welcomed by civil rights groups.
The law will put on trial anyone who “injures, attacks or kills on the grounds of race, age, religion, nationality, political opinion, disability or sexual orientation.”
“This was a necessity in this country. The law assures those of us who are different are also equal before the law,” said Enrique Joseph, commissioner of the Afro-descendant population.
COVID-19 cases in Costa Rica
Vaccination progress in Costa Rica
Like most Latin American countries, Costa Rica has faced vaccine shortages. Even so, it has managed to immunize, at least with one dose, more than 87.1% of its population, while over 81.1% has been vaccinated fully.
Why travel to Costa Rica during COVID-19?
First and foremost, Costa Rica has virtually 0 entry restrictions for vaccinated visitors. No test, no quarantine, no extra expenses, no hassle.
If that is not enough, here you have 3 excellent reasons to pack your bags.
1. Puerto Viejo
This Caribbean coast is popular among young people and backpackers because of its great beaches, surfing, and party atmosphere. In the town, nearby visitors will find some fun activities going on every day.
When in town, you must pay a visit to the jaguar rescue center where local wildlife is rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
2. Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero is Spanish for “a lot of turtles.” With more than 77,000 acres, this Amazon rainforest-like is home to rivers, jungles, and “a lot of turtles” coming to nest along the shoreline.
3. Corcovado National Park
Costa Rica is known for its amazing national parks, where tourists can enjoy some thrilling activities like river rafting, canyoning, cave tubing, and wildlife spotting.
This one in particular is the right fit for adventurous people. It features 13 major ecosystems including a rainforest, highland cloud forest, swamps, and beaches.
Requirements to enter Costa Rica
As of today, there’s no need for a negative Covid-19 PCR test result as there was initially. All visitors must fill out a Health Pass within 72 hours of travel. This step is necessary for visitors to obtain the QR code that must be shown on arrival.
Starting August 1, vaccinated visitors are exempt from the health insurance requirement. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must purchase health insurance before their arrival in the country.
It must cover potential quarantine accommodation up to USD $2,000 and COVID-19 medical-related expenses of at least USD $50,000.
April 6 – Costa Rica has further relaxed its entry restrictions
Travelers entering Costa Rica no longer need to fill out an online health passport or show proof of vaccination as of April 1.
Travelers also don’t have to provide proof of health insurance to cover Covid-19-related expenses like hospitalization and quarantine.
Travelers who wish to extend their stay beyond the date specified by immigration authorities must contact the Directorate General of Migration. For more information click here.
January 13 – Costa Rica reporting record numbers of new COVID-19 infections
On Wednesday, January 13, Costa Rica reported 4,170 cases of COVID-19, which is now the highest number of new daily infections there of the entire pandemic.
The second-highest number was recorded on Tuesday with 4,050 positive cases, and last Saturday, January 8, which brought 3,374 new infections. Before that, the highest number was reported on May 12, 2021, with 3,173.
COVID-19 hospitalizations also rose in Costa Rica. On Wednesday, 242 patients were hospitalized because of the virus, of which 55 were in Intensive Care Units.
November 23 – Costa Rica’s establishments to soon require proof of vaccination
While Costa Rica allows unvaccinated visitors, they will not be able to enter most local establishments from the beginning of next year. The mandate will affect most tourist attractions, including hotels, restaurants, museums, or bars, and should come into effect on January 8, 2022.
Children under 12 will not have to present proof of vaccination. Travelers who can prove they have a medical condition that doesn’t allow them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will also be exempt from the rule.
Costa Rica still plans to welcome unvaccinated visitors next year. However, they might have to think twice before they go as hotels will not be able to host them.
October 12 – Costa Rica removed from the U.K. COVID-19 travel ‘red list’
Yesterday, on October 11, Costa Rica was removed from the U.K. travel red list, along with 46 other countries.
Eligible vaccinated travelers arriving in the U.K. from Costa Rica are not required to quarantine anymore at their own expense. They only need to test after arrival.
However, as the Costa Rican vaccination program lacks proof of vaccination for travel to the U.K., those who have received their shots in Costa Rica must test before departure, on days 2 and 8, and complete a 10-day home quarantine.
The decision should help restore tourism between the two countries, as well as an early return of British Airways and Tui airlines before the start of the high season, added Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s Tourism Minister. The whole process should also help Costa Rica get back on the European market.
September 8 – Costa Rica reports near-record number of COVID-19 infections
Costa Rica suffered its second-highest total of COVID-19 cases in a single week between August 29 and September 4, announced the Health Ministry.
During that period, the country registered 16,601 new coronavirus cases. That is, on average, 2,371 new infections daily. At its highest point in early May 2021, there were 18,021 cases reported in a week.
In the last four weeks, Costa Rica also saw an increase in deaths and hospital admissions. Between August 29 and September 4, 136 patients died of COVID-19 in Costa Rica. Before, there were 89, 105, and 127 fatalities reported each week, respectively. Hospital admissions continue to increase by 15% week by week.
Based on the estimates of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the situation will most likely not improve any time soon. We can expect to see up to 3,500 new cases a day by the end of September.