Is Costa Rica the perfect holiday destination during a pandemic?
Posted In Featured Post on 5th November 2020
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Johnny, one of our Latin America experts, spent November 2020 in Costa Rica looking at the different Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place to encourage the safe revival of international tourism.
Prior to arrival each tourist must complete a digital Health Pass and have valid travel insurance. From the 1st November 2020 it was no longer required to provide a negative PCR coronavirus test result to enter Costa Rica.
During the month of November, I stayed at 18 hotels, visited the 7 provinces, explored various national parks and took part in excursions that the team at South America Odyssey would typically include in the holidays we design. Throughout my trip I was extremely impressed with all the protocols in place and how everyone was aware of their role. At no stage did I feel anxious, unsafe, or uneasy that I was travelling during a global pandemic such was the attention to detail and the professional approach I witnessed throughout Costa Rica. The main protocols in place in Costa Rica are:
Overall, the small inconveniences like remembering to wear a mask, bringing your phone to the restaurant to download menus, and having to social distance in bars did not take away from how quiet and beautiful Costa Rica was and how happy the locals were to see tourists returning.
After a month which involved driving from the Caribbean Coast, through the central regions, and then down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica where I spoke to hotel managers, tour guides, restaurant owners, different DMC’s and others involved professionally with tourism, I found myself feeling extremely positive for the future of tourism in Costa Rica. Undoubtedly 2020 has brought colossal challenges and we are not out of the woods yet, but my Scottish blood has absorbed a little of the Pura Vida mentality and I know that together, and with a can-do positive attitude such as I have seen in Costa Rica during the past month, we have lots to look forward to.
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