Canadians In Costa Rica: What Are the Challenges in Returning Home?
It is a unique situation these Covid days as Canada tightens its entry requirements and thus affecting many Canadians that are currently outside the country.Whether you are a resident, perpetual tourist, or have ended up
It is a unique situation these Covid days as Canada tightens its entry requirements and thus affecting many Canadians that are currently outside the country.
Whether you are a resident, perpetual tourist, or have ended up on an unintentionally extended vacation here in Costa Rica – many Canadians are finding the thought of travelling during a pandemic and the new entry requirements back home daunting and difficult to navigate. Combine that with many airlines cancelling flights to and from Costa Rica and the options are even more limited.
Some people are choosing to fly back via other countries first such as the United States then to Canada or staying in Costa Rica until flights back resume and attempting a border run via air to a country like Nicaragua or Panama.
Regarding the New Requirements
The Canadian government has announced additional testing required and more stringent quarantine measures for people travelling to Canada.
When arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, you will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when you arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of your 14-day quarantine period.
With limited exceptions (see the details here), you will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. You will be able to book your government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.
Hotel booking information will be available online as of February 18, 2021. You will need to book a hotel in the city in which you first arrive in Canada. If you receive a negative result on their arrival test, you will be able to take a connecting flight to your final destination.
There will be a number of hotels to choose from near each of the four international airports accepting international flights, in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.