Costa Rica delays vaccine mandate until Jan 8

Costa Rica has delayed the vaccine mandate from Dec 1 until Jan 8. Though businesses may choose to implement it Dec 1 in order to get rid of capacity restrictions. Those that wait until Jan 8 will be subject to 50% capacity restrictions.

The requirements will apply both to tourists and residents though the paperwork required to prove vaccination will be different.

Vaccination will be required to access non-essential services such as hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gyms, spas and adventure tourism. There has been no plan announced to make vaccination a requirement of entry (currently unvaccinated people have to buy approved travel insurance which vaccinated travelers do not).

Correction: an earlier version of this article stated that unvaccinated people have to be tested prior to entry to Costa Rica which vaccinated people do not. That is not correct, a test is not required to enter Costa Rica. However unvaccinated people need to buy approved travel insurance whereas this requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

Oct 23 2021 View story on Tico Times

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