Costa Rica is reopening to American tourists in September, but don’t get too excited. Unless you’re a resident of one of these 12 designated states, you still won’t be allowed to enter. Travelers with a valid driver’s license or state identification from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania will be able to travel to Costa Rica starting next month, but not all at the same time.
Residents from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC can enter starting September 1, while residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania need to wait until September 15.
Incoming tourists will be required to fill out an online health questionnaire, show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Costa Rica, and have traveler’s medical insurance.
Travelers from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, the UK, Canada, Uruguay, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, Australia, and New Zealand will also be allowed to enter under the same requirements.
For more information about traveling to Costa Rica and entry requirements, visit the official website of the Costa Rica tourism bureau.
A version of this article was previously published on August 21, 2020, and was updated on August 31, 2020, with more information.