Costa Rica’s Tourist Attractions Will Soon Require Proof of Vaccination
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Costa Rica has welcomed tourists with open arms throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Starting Jan. 8, Costa Rica will enact more stringent COVID-19 protocols for visitors.

During 2020 and most of 2021, travelers could enter Costa Rica without proof of vaccination. Visitors only needed to provide proof of travel insurance.

Now, authorities have announced that travelers who want to enter specific types of establishments will have to show proof of vaccination. This requirement will apply to restaurants, bars, hotels, museums, and many other attractions.

Tourists under the age of 12 won’t have to supply proof of vaccination. Older tourists will also be exempt if they can prove they have medical conditions that make COVID-19 vaccination inadvisable.

Costa Rica will only start enforcing these restrictions in January, but December will usher in a transition period. During that time, affected businesses may allow unvaccinated customers.

However, businesses that allow unvaccinated patrons during December will have to stay at or below 50% capacity.

Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s president, stated that these measures will hasten the country’s return to normality by reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

However, none of the upcoming restrictions will prevent unvaccinated visitors from entering the country.

Many nations have enacted travel bans against all unvaccinated travelers, but authorities in Costa Rica have avoided such stringent measures. Even after Jan. 8, unvaccinated people will still be allowed to enter the country.

Unvaccinated tourists might want to think twice before booking a trip, though. Because unvaccinated visitors will be unwelcome in hotels, travelers to the country should make sure that friends or family are willing to host them.

Costa Ricans received access to COVID-19 vaccines earlier than residents of some other Latin American nations. Almost 50% of the population is now fully vaccinated.

Though the country has lost over 7,000 citizens to COVID-19, case rates are currently shrinking.

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