Those wishing to cross national boundaries have been subjected to stringent restrictions and regulations in countries all over the world. As we all recall, several of them were even closed at one time, halting movement while we waited for what was to follow.
The worldwide epidemic ushered us into the uncharted ground as governments had to make difficult decisions about how to keep COVID – 19 from ruining lives and the economy.
Countries like Costa Rica are adjusting to a way of life in order to bring out a new type of normalcy via time, trial and error, and the quest for sustainable and preventative measures.
The world has been opening up, allowing us to try and live again and interact, as sanitary standards have eased and numerous testing choices have been available.
Covid-19 in Costa Rica
During the worldwide pandemic, Costa Rica did not have any covid testing regulations in place. Costa Rica has not followed Nicaragua’s lead in requiring a rigorous negative PCR test for immigration, despite the fact that Nicaragua does.
Travelers have been allowed to enter without having to show proof of a negative antigen or PCR test. For entry into the country’s tropical paradise, a heavy focus has been placed on COVID-19 medical coverage, immunizations, and their Health Pass.
Canada, on the other hand, has not followed the same route, with its divisive policies dividing the country’s populace. Airline cancellations, non-essential travel recommendations, border restrictions, hotel quarantining, and mandatory isolation have all been implemented.
The Government of Canada eventually declared on February 15, 2022, that it will loosen its border procedures, relaxing the country’s travel restrictions.
According to a press release issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada on February 15, 2022, random testing for fully vaccinated visitors will begin on February 28, 2022. Unvaccinated tourists must undergo testing upon arrival and again on the eighth day, as well as a 14-day quarantine.
Furthermore, the release states that
“Travellers will now be able to meet pre-entry requirements by using either a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (taken the day before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) or a molecular test (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry).”
Self-administered antigen tests performed at home do not qualify or enable a person to enter Canada. “It must be permitted by the nation in which it was acquired and administered by a laboratory, healthcare organization, or telemedicine provider,” according to the press release.
With the approval of a fast antigen test as adequate COVID – 19 testing, these new measures might provide a breath of comfort to travelers. The PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) molecular test can be fairly expensive, as well as an unpleasant experience with the deep nasal swab, depending on where you are in Costa Rica.
A PCR test can cost as little as $100 and climb as your distance from San Jose rises; some locations charge as much as $150 for one test the further away you are.
The farther you are from the country’s capital and the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the longer you may have to wait for your test results, which can take up to 48 hours, generating a lot of anxiety and worry before your trip.
This is most common in Costa Rica’s rural and isolated areas, where the COVID-19 exam is frequently delivered by an associated source. The test sample is then submitted to an approved lab, which is why it may take a little longer for your findings to be confirmed.
If they haven’t already, many people may begin to contemplate traveling again now that fast antigen test findings have been accepted. Costa Rica has already begun offering fast antigen tests to travelers traveling to nations that accept this quick and effective kind of testing.
Since January 26, 2021, travelers entering the United States have been obliged to produce a COVID-19 viral test. Because the test must be done within one day of entering the United States, the antigen test has been shown to be the most effective method.
Last year, Juan Santamaria International Airport stated that beginning May 14, 2021, Laboratorios Echandi would provide fast antigen testing.
At $65 per test, they provide the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that all international travelers may have an antigen test if necessary. Because the test results might take up to an hour to process, they recommend arriving 4 hours before your trip to avoid any travel delays.
A shuttle service is offered to take you to the tenting area outdoors, making it quick and convenient.
Rapid antigen testing is also available at Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport for $65 with findings delivered within an hour. They ask that you bring your ticket details as well as your passport with you to verify your information. More information and a reservation form may be found here.
Costa Rica offers approved laboratories located around the country to help international tourists fulfill their destination’s unique admission criteria. In Costa Rica, there are over 100 sites that provide PCR and/or antigen testing.
You may have your antigen test done at CIMA’s private hospital for about $50, or you can have it done at Clinica Biblica’s drive-through testing for about $50.
The typical cost of an antigen test in Costa Rica ranges from $50 to $70, with same-day results available in some places, and in rare cases, results in under 30 minutes.
With the opening of borders, the implementation of sanitary measures, and now the availability and acceptance of the fast antigen test, individuals may feel a little more at rest while planning their next holiday.