CATA highlights requirements to travel to Central America and the Dominican Republic

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CATA highlights requirements to travel to Central America and the Dominican Republic
Tue March 30, 2021

With the advance of the Covid-19 pandemic, the countries of this region have announced openings and restrictions to receive international tourists

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the arrival of international tourists during 2020 fell by -69% in the Americas, including the countries of the region. However, the Organization estimates a rebound in international tourism from the third quarter of 2021, foreseeing a different tourism panorama with a progressive growth trend by the end of this year. 

The countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic are facing a new scenario for the development of tourist activity. The closure of borders and the paralysis of economic and social activities around the world, as a measure to prevent the impact of COVID19, generated an exponential fall in the sector.

To date, the Central American countries have prudently and progressively lifted their restrictive measures, subject to constant evaluation. The region's airports restarted commercial operations during the last four months of 2020. At the same time, the entire value chain that makes up the tourism industry of the 8 countries of the region are applying biosafety protocols in the sector's reopening stage.

As a sign of the effort made for a safe return to tourism activity, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has awarded all Central American countries and the Dominican Republic the Safe Travels seal, classifying them as safe destinations for sightseeing in times of COVID-19.

Some of the provisions for the entry of international visitors are:

All tourists wishing to travel to Belize must download a health application from the country and complete a required form 72 hours before boarding the flight. This Central American destination currently accepts proof of vaccination against COVID19 to enter the country. Travelers must have completed immunization 2 weeks or more prior to travel. On the other hand, the negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the previous 96 hours or a negative rapid test taken within 48 hours before the trip is also accepted. More information available here . In addition, you can know the places enabled to take the COVID-19 test by entering here . 

People who wish to travel to the Heart of the Mayan world must have a certificate of negative PCR test result 72 hours before boarding a flight to the country. Guatemala also accepts proof of travelers vaccinated against COVID-19, for this a document must be presented that certifies that 2 doses have been received, the last dose must have a minimum administration of 2 weeks before starting the trip. More information here . Guatemala makes the following list of authorized places available to travelers where they can test for COVID-19 before leaving the country. Find the full list available here .

The Savior
Travelers who wish to enter El Salvador must present a negative PCR test a maximum of 72 hours before starting the flight. The use of masks is mandatory for all people. The airport is fully signposted to maintain social distancing, installation of protection screens at service points and there are cameras enabled to detect people's temperature. More information here. This Central American destination makes available to travelers the list of laboratories where COVID-19 tests can be performed before leaving the country. Enter here.

All persons entering Honduras must carry out an  immigration pre-check . Likewise, they will have to present a PCR test or rapid test 72 hours before their flight, have valid and current travel documents as well as comply with all the biosecurity measures implemented at the Airport. In Honduras, places like Tegucigalpa, Comayagua, San Pedro Sula, Santa Rosa de Copán, La Ceiba, Roatán and Utila offer places where tourists can get COVID-19 tests done before leaving the country. More information here.  

The land of lakes and volcanoes asks travelers for the negative result of the PCR test a maximum of 72 hours before entering the country. Passengers with negative tests will be able to enter Nicaraguan territory without any problem. Details here . In addition, Nicaragua makes PCR tests available to all travelers at the Ministry of Health. Applications can be made online,  enter here.  For all the related information on how to manage your COVID-19 test, click  here.

Costa Rica
Foreign tourists and Costa Rican travelers should not present a negative PCR test as a requirement to enter the country. Details here. Travelers entering through the Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber Quirós Airports must only carry and complete the health pass, as well as have a medical insurance that covers medical care and quarantine stay in case of contagion. In addition, this Central American destination makes the following list available to all travelers  with the laboratories enabled to perform COVID-19 tests before leaving the country.

Travelers who wish to travel to Panama must present a swab / PCR test, or negative antigens, with a maximum of 48 hours prior to boarding the flight of origin. This Central American destination also makes PCR tests available to tourists for both entry and exit of travelers at the Tocumen International Airport. Details here.

Dominican Republic
Travelers entering the Dominican Republic should not present negative PCR tests. However, randomized rapid tests are carried out inside the airport. As of April 1, 2021, the filling of the single form called E-Ticket made available to all tourists  here will be implemented.  In addition, the Dominican Republic makes the following list available to travelers with detailed information on how to test for COVID-19 for all travelers who need to return to their countries of origin. Find the full list here.


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