Costa Rica plans to welcome back US travelers in September — but only if they're from these 12 places
a bridge over a forest: Costa Rica is known for its lush rainforests. shutterstock © shutterstock Costa Rica is known for its lush rainforests. shutterstock
  • Costa Rica plans to reopen to back tourists from 11 US states and Washington DC in September.
  • Starting September 1, residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington DC, will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.
  • On September 15, tourists from Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania can travel to the Central American country.
  • Upon arrival, US travelers must present negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to the trip, as well as a valid driver's license.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding all nonessential international travel during this time. If you decide to travel, follow the CDC's recommendations in the?Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.
  • UPDATE: August 29: This story was originally published on August 22 and has been updated to include Costa Rica's latest tourism announcement, which states that US residents from 11 states and Washington DC will be able to enter the country gradually in September.
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Costa Rica will soon reopen its doors to American tourists from 11 states and Washington, DC.

In mid-August, Costa Rica's tourism board announced that residents of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont will be permitted to travel to the Central American country starting September 1.

The tourism board updated that list on Thursday — saying that residents from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC will also be permitted to travel to Costa Rica starting September 1.

Starting September 15, Costa Rica will allow tourists from Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

a couple of people on a beach near a body of water: Costa Rica has beaches along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Shutterstock © Shutterstock Costa Rica has beaches along the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Shutterstock

Costa Rica's tourism board appears to be gradually updating its list of permitted US states?

"In these six states, there has been a very positive evolution of the pandemic and their epidemiological indicators are of high quality," Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica's Minister of Tourism, said in a statement about welcoming US travelers from the initial six states.

In order to enter the country, American travelers will be required to present a valid driver's license that shows they're a resident in one of the approved states.

Tourists entering Costa Rica are also required to complete an online epidemiological health form prior to arrival and present negative results from a COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of arrival.?

As of August 19, Costa Rica's borders have opened to international tourists from the European Union, Europe's Schengen Zone, the UK, Canada, Uruguay, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, and New Zealand.

a body of water: The Central American country is known as an ecotourism destination filled with tropical rainforests, protected nature areas, and pristine beaches. Malgorzata Drewniak/Shutterstock © Malgorzata Drewniak/Shutterstock The Central American country is known as an ecotourism destination filled with tropical rainforests, protected nature areas, and pristine beaches. Malgorzata Drewniak/Shutterstock

Costa Rica is part of a growing list of destinations slowly welcoming back US tourists?

According to the Embassy of Costa Rica, the country's tourism industry is worth an estimated $1.7 billion per year.

Costa Rica typically sees more than 1.7 million visitors annually — many of which participate in ecotourism activities, or excursions and experiences centered around conservation of the country's many protected natural areas, including rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches.

The country is one of several destinations that has started to welcome back international travelers in recent months. Starting in June, travelers from the US were welcomed back to a number of Caribbean vacation spots, including St. Lucia, Jamaica, the US Virgin Islands, St. Barts, and Antigua and Barbuda.?

Some countries and islands, like Bermuda and Barbados, are hoping to entice international travelers with new incentives to live and work remotely in a tropical paradise.

Each country and destination has its own health and safety procedures in place, which often include requirements to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or undergo a period of quarantine upon arrival.

UPDATE: August 29: This story was originally published on August 22 and has been updated to include Costa Rica's latest tourism announcement, which states that US residents from 11 states and Washington DC will be able to enter the country gradually in September.

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