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Border Closures Extended until March 1st

Tico Times published an article on January 30th stating that the Panamanian Government will open the land border for tourist travel. However, the Costa Rican Government has announced that land borders will remain closed until

Tico Times published an article on January 30th stating that the Panamanian Government will open the land border for tourist travel. However, the Costa Rican Government has announced that land borders will remain closed until March 1st, 2021. Thus, the only way to get in and out of Costa Rica is by air travel.

President Carlos Alvarado and Health Minister Daniel Salas issued an extension to the travel restrictions by land. The land borders were set to open this coming Monday February 1st. The decree extending the closure until March 1st was published this last Friday in La Gaceta, you can read it here. 

Many people were planning on doing the border run to renew their visas and thus extend their stay in Costa Rica. People who desire to “renew” their tourist visa must do so by air, either traveling to Panama, Nicaragua or elsewhere. In a previous post, we provided some guidance on how to do the “border runs” during COVID.   Please note that the CR Government has issued some extensions for the entry stamps. There are several rules applicable to different categories of people depending on the entry date to the county. You can read more about the entry stamps here. 

Please note that while the border closures with Nicaragua and Costa Rica will be extended, this does not mean an extension on the tourists visas. This also means that current driver’s license restrictions attached to the tourist visa remain in place. You can read more about the driver’s licenses here. 

If you have any questions about this matters, please feel free to reach us via Facebook or post your questions in the comments section below.

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    Karyn Zaremba February 1, 2021

    Any idea what the chances are to reopen the border to come
    Back in from Panama? We would love to do that border run on March 1-2 Thank you

    • Stacey Jennings
      Stacey Jennings February 10, 2021

      We do not have any updates at this time. When new information becomes available we will provide updates.

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    Phillip Passfield February 1, 2021

    Question – Is the March 1st land border opening between Panama & Costa Rica confirmed, or is this tentative & subject to change?

    • Stacey Jennings
      Stacey Jennings February 10, 2021

      As of now it is still scheduled to open March 1st, however it is subject to change. We will post updates as we learn more.

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    Tom February 6, 2021

    ATTT recently extended tourist driving privelages until Feb 28. So does this mean tourist visas have also been extended, as per multiple times in 2020?

    • Stacey Jennings
      Stacey Jennings February 10, 2021

      Tom are you asking about Costa Rica or Panama extensions?

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    Chris February 16, 2021

    Hello, has there been any update or notification regarding the March 1 date?

    • Stacey Jennings
      Stacey Jennings February 16, 2021

      Hello – no we have no received any additional updates at this time. As soon as we receive any information we will be sure to post.

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    Emily Hargreaves February 17, 2021

    Hi, does this mean land borders will open 1 March?

    • Stacey Jennings
      Stacey Jennings February 18, 2021

      We have not received and new information at this time. When we do we will advise.

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