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.
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