With lockdowns ending around the world, COVID cases in decline in some regions, and the global vaccine roll-out beginning, most Central American countries have eased border restrictions and begun to reopen to international tourists. Information is changing quickly so be sure to check back often to find out what is going on in your travel destination of choice.
Belize - last update: April 1, 2021
All travelers are permitted to visit Belize at this time via air. There are currently no travel bans in place, though land borders and sea ports remain closed to inbound tourism. Travelers are required to comply with the following:
- Stay only at approved accommodations (gold standard hotels), and participate only in approved activities and tours.
- Download the Belize Health App at https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety within 72 hours of arrival. The app can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. Once you have downloaded the app, you'll receive a unique travel ID and QR code; screenshot the ID and code to show to the Health Officer upon arrival in Belize.
- If you are immunized: bring your Official Vaccine Card reflecting the receipt of the dual or single dose vaccine at least two weeks prior to arrival
- If you are not immunized: bring a negative Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel or Rapid Antigen, Sofia, SD Biosensor, ABBOTT (Panbio) test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel.
- If you are not immunized and have not taken a test, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Any travelers with a positive test result will be placed into a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expense. To be cleared from quarantine, travelers must obtain two negative tests at the end of their quarantine period.
Face masks must be worn in public, and social distancing and hygiene guidelines are in place. COVID-19 testing facilities are available throughout Belize, at all main tourism destinations, including the Philip Goldson International Airport, Caye Caulker and San Pedro.
For more information, visit the Belize Tourism Board's updated COVID-19 page.
Costa Rica - last update: April 1, 2021
As of November 1, all travelers are permitted to visit Costa Rica, provided they meet the usual visa requirements for entry. There are currently no travel bans in place, though land borders remain closed to inbound tourism. There are no coronavirus testing requirements, nor does the government issue quarantine orders to incoming travelers. Travelers are required to comply with the following:
- Within 48 hours prior to travel departure, complete the digital epidemiological form called Health Pass
- Purchase health insurance that covers quarantine accommodation and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease. Your insurance policy must meet the following requirements:
- Valid for the duration of your entire stay in Costa Rica
- A minimum of USD $50,000 for medical expenses, with coverage of COVID-19 disease.
- A minimum of USD $2,000 for accommodation expenses in the event of a COVID-19 quarantine.
- A certificate/letter in English or Spanish from your insurance company that states the name of the person traveling, travel dates, guarantee of medical expenses coverage for a minimum of USD $50,000, and quarantine accommodation or trip interruption coverage for at least USD $2,000.
Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces. COVID-19 testing facilities are available throughout Costa Rica, at all main tourism destinations, including in San Jose, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, Samara and Nosara.
For more information, visit the Essential Costa Rica updated COVID-19 page.
Guatemala - last update: April 1, 2021
Guatemala City's Aurora international airport reopened to commercial flights in September 2020. Land borders with Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize are also now open. Travelers must register travel 24 hours prior to arrival via the Guatemalan Health Pass website, and all inbound travelers (land and air) must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within the 72 hours prior to arrival in the country.
Restrictions of movement may be applied to departments depending on the level of COVID-19 risk. Areas are color-coded according to the number of cases: red (highest), amber (high), yellow (moderate) and green (low). Check Guatemala's government website for current updates on regional restrictions. Social distancing of 1.5 meters is in place, and face masks required in all public spaces.
Honduras - last update: April 1, 2021
Domestic and international flights to and from destinations within Honduras resumed in August 2020. There are currently few flight options available to and from North America (USA and Canada). Travelers are required to comply with the following:
- Before entering Honduras, travelers must complete the immigration precheck from. You will then receive a confirmation email, which should be printed and carried with you.
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hours prior to arrival.
- Any travelers without a negative test, or with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or who have traveled to a country with confirmed cases, may be isolated at a medical center for monitoring by the Ministry of Health for up to 14 days.
There is currently a national curfew in place from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. Face masks are mandatory in public spaces, and social distancing and sanitization (hand sanitizer) protocols must be adhered to. COVID-19 testing is available in most tourism locations, including Tegucigalpa, Santa Rosa de Copán, La Ceiba, Roatán, and Utila.
Nicaragua - last update: April 1, 2021
Though there are no official entry bans in place, foreign travelers arriving with symptoms of COVID-19 may be denied entry. All arrivals will be screened and quarantined as necessary, at the traveler's cost. There are currently few flight options available to and from North America (USA and Canada). Travelers are required to comply with the following:
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test within the 72 hours prior to arrival.
Local COVID-19 restrictions may be imposed at short notice. Nicaragua's land borders have been closed on and off with very little warning. Be prepared for disruptions or delays. COVID-19 testing facilities are in Managua, Nicaragua's capital city.
Panama - last update: April 1, 2021
All travelers are permitted to visit Panama at this time via air, though there may still be few international flights available. Travelers are required to comply with the following:
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test within the 48 hours prior to boarding entry flight to Panama.
- If you have not taken a test, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at your own cost. Any travelers with a positive test result will be placed into a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expense. To be cleared from quarantine, travelers must obtain two negative tests at the end of their quarantine period.
- Travelers are required to sign a health declaration at the airport.
Face masks must be worn in public, and curfews are in place with varying hours, depending on location. For the latest information, see the Panama government's COVID-19 website.