COVID-19 Border Closures & Travel Restriction Updates

With lockdowns ending around the world and COVID cases in decline in some regions, some Central American countries have started to discuss the easement of border restrictions and publish plans 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

On June 26, the Prime Minister of Belize announced the scheduled reopening of Belize's international airport (BZE) to take place on August 15, 2020, as part of the country's 5-phase reopening strategy. The opening of the international airport will signal Belize's third phase of reopening, allowing open entry for chartered flights, private aviation and limited international leisure travel. 

The government has announced stringent new protocols that will be implemented through the use of a new Belize Health mobile app that is currently under development. Please check our Belize COVID-19 update page for the latest information.

Costa Rica

On June 30, 2020, Costa Rica Migracion published Decreto N° 42432-MGP-S formally extending the border closures until August 1. Health Minister Daniel Salas stated that as of August 1, only foreigners from countries that have "controlled the spread of the virus" will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.  At this time, the government has not yet provided entry requirements or a list of which countries may be permitted to enter when borders reopen. Details are expected in July. 

UPDATE: July 30, 2020 - The requirements for entry have been clarified but may be difficult to meet when the borders reopen to flights from Europe and Canada on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Requirements include evidence of medical insurance issued by INS (the Costa Rican government insurance agency) and international travel insurance covering quarantine costs if required. There is a stringent testing policy in place, as well.

Please check our Costa Rica COVID-19 update page for the latest information.

Guatemala

International borders are closed at this time with no targeted plans to reopen. Domestic travel restrictions and curfews remain in place, as well as several other government-mandated health guidelines and safety protocols. Please check our Guatemala COVID-19 update page for the latest information.

Honduras

International borders are closed at this time with no targeted plans to reopen. The government has announced a secret potential date for the reopening of the Roatán (RTB) airport, but at this time it is unclear if this will mean reopening to domestic travelers only, or if international travelers will be welcomed in as well. Domestic travel restrictions and curfews remain in place (scheduled until July 12, 2020), as well as several other government-mandated health guidelines and safety protocols. Please check our Honduras COVID-19 update page for the latest information.

Nicaragua

Update pending. Please check back soon!

Panama

Update pending. Please check back soon!


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