Costa Rica has canceled COVID-19 masking and vaccination requirements – Vax before travel

(Vax before the trip)

Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves recently confirmed that proof of COVID-19 vaccination and the wearing of face masks are no longer mandatory to enter the Central American country, local media reported on 5 August 2022.

And Costa Rica will stop requiring a health insurance policy for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The changes come after nearly 93% of Costa Ricans received their first dose and 10% a fourth dose, according to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

President Chaves announced these pending changes in May 2022.

And the US CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from Costa Rica to the US to present a negative COVID-19 virus test or COVID-19 recovery documentation before boarding their flight.

However, the CDC suggests several travel vaccines to protect people before visiting Costa Rica.

And from a security perspective, the US State Department maintains a Level 2: Exercise increased caution, travel advisory for Costa Rica.

As of April 19, 2022, the advisory states: “While petty crime is the predominant threat to tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime is occurring in Costa Rica and the local government is providing additional security resources in areas frequented by the tourists.”

If Americans need assistance, the U.S. Embassy in San José is located at Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica – Phone: (506) 2519-2000.

Note: Costa Rica has recently confirmed local cases of monkeypox virus.

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