Here’s what you need to know if you are planning to travel to Central America

The Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA) is making available to the media to inform its audiences of the requirements to enter the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Belize
Effective August 9, 2021, all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize through the Philip Goldson International Airport from other countries must present a negative COVID-19 test.

If a test is not presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport at a cost of USD 50 per passenger.

Take the COVID-19 test prior to departure at any of the authorized testing centers throughout Belize.

Guatemala
Persons must present a negative PCR or antigen test 72 hours before boarding a flight to the country.

It also accepts proof of travelers vaccinated against COVID-19, for which a document certifying that 2 doses have been received must be presented, the last dose must have been administered a minimum of 2 weeks before starting the trip.

Find here the list of authorized places where travelers can be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the country.

El Salvador
Persons not vaccinated against COVID-19: Must present a negative COVID-19 result given 72 hours prior to arrival in El Salvador (PCR, NAAT or LAMP as well). Antigen test is not accepted.

Those vaccinated against COVID-19: must present the vaccination certificate with all the doses administered, according to the type of vaccine. If only one dose has been administered: they must present a negative test result.

El Salvador has authorized centers for COVID-19 testing of tourists returning to their country of origin.

Honduras
Passengers must pre-register electronically. Immunized passengers must carry the original vaccination card issued at the vaccination site, which must contain the complete schedule of doses, within 14 days of its implementation.

In case you have not been vaccinated, you must upload in this link the result of any test for the detection of COVID-19 accepted in the country Antigen detection swab and rt-PCR swab. It is still available to perform this test 72 hours prior to travel.

Costa Rica
Entry to Costa Rica is allowed for tourists from all countries of the world. It does not request coronavirus detection tests nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders when entering the country.

Tourists must complete the digital form called PASE DE SALUD 72 hours before entering the country. Costa Rica has authorized centers to perform the COVID-19 test for those who need it.

Tourists with a complete vaccination schedule against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy.

In case you have not been vaccinated you must upload in this link the result of any test for the detection of COVID-19 accepted in the country Antigen detection swab and rt-PCR swab. It remains the provision to perform such test 72 hours prior to travel.

Nicaragua
Travelers must complete an online entry request form at least seven days prior to entry into the country.

Nicaragua requires travelers to provide a negative PCR test result no later than 72 hours prior to entry into the country. The test will be previously sent electronically to the airline that transports the traveler.

Nicaragua makes PCR testing available to all travelers at the Ministry of Health. Requests can be made online, click here. For all related information on how to arrange your COVID-19 test.

Panama
Unvaccinated persons or those with an incomplete vaccination schedule must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within 72 hours upon arrival in Panama.

All travelers must present to the airline their complete Health Affidavit (in physical or digital form) before boarding to Panama.

Dominican Republic
The Caribbean island does not require negative COVID-19 tests. Airports and other ports of entry conduct rapid and random testing of passengers and those presenting symptoms.

The country accepts vaccination cards no less than 3 weeks after the last dose was administered. The country has specialized centers for COVID-19 testing of tourists returning to their country of origin.

All passengers entering or leaving the Dominican Republic on commercial flights must complete the E-TICKET, a free electronic form for entry and exit.

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