A country-by-country guide to the current Covid travel restrictions in Central America. What requirements are there to enter each country? Compare your Central American country to its neighbors.
If you’re traveling, you want to know the rules and regulations to get into any given country, especially in these times when things change on a dime. We’re not talking here about curfews and restrictions once on the ground – in the case of Central America, we offer a country-by-country guide to those right here. No, here we talk about what you need to get in.
We’ve been updating this information since Central American countries began opening up to tourism in the summer of 2020, and we’ll continue doing so until all countries are back to pre-pandemic rules. We’re getting closer. Not close enough, but much closer…
Been a while since we updated here, but it’s worth a look as not every country in Central America is fully back to normal. Mask mandates still hold out in some places, although things are far better than they were even a couple of months ago…https://t.co/lcbH7EvF4e
— Central America Living (@VidaAmerica) November 10, 2022
Belize has no requirements or restrictions on anyone entering or leaving its territory, although it recommends travelers buy the Belize Travel Health Insurance. This costs $18 per person. You can buy this insurance in advance through the official government website, or upon arrival in Belize, either at the airport or the land borders. Again, this is now a recommendation not a requirement.
All tourists in Belize should stay in “Gold Standard” hotels. These are accommodations complying with the sanitary protocols mandated by the government of Belize. The Gold Standard plan was mandatory, but again, as with the insurance, it’s now more of a recommendation than a rule – the Belize Tourism Board specifically uses the word “should” instead of “must” on its website.
Land borders are open to all travelers, and subject to the same rules as airport entry.
For continuous, up-to-date into on Belize’s entry requirements, bookmark this page from the Belize Tourism Board.
All remaining Belize travel restrictions are now eliminated. Travelers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter or leave the country.https://t.co/OT82cWbWx4
— Central America Living (@VidaAmerica) July 15, 2022
Guatemala has no vaccination or testing requirements for travelers entering its territory.
Land borders are open. To keep up with Guatemala’s entry requirements, bookmark this page.
Guatemala joins Belize, Costa Rica, and El Salvador to become the latest country to eliminate all testing/vaccine requirements for travelers entering its territory. https://t.co/GIxjjCbA4T
— Central America Living (@VidaAmerica) August 15, 2022
El Salvador reopened its airport for visitors in September 2020. In November 2021, El Salvador eliminated all testing and vaccination restrictions to enter the country.
Breaking: El Salvador eliminates all Covid travel restrictions effective immediately. No testing or proof of vaccine required to enter the country from now on. https://t.co/gKObIA6Tkc
— CentralAmericaLiving (@VidaAmerica) November 17, 2021
Travelers to Honduras must fill in an immigration online pre-check form within 48 of arrival in Honduras. They will receive a confirmation email which they should save. They should also print this email out and carry it around with them.
Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative Covid test (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours of arrival. Vaccinated travelers (with full vaccination completed 14 days or more prior to arrival) don’t need to provide a negative Covid test.
Land borders are open.
Nicaragua no longer requires vaccinated travelers to provide a test to enter the country. Unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated travelers can enter Nicaragua as long as they have a negative (PCR only) test issued within 72 hours of arrival.
Land borders with Costa Rica and Honduras are open.
Last night, Nicaragua became the final country in Central America to eliminate Covid testing requirements for vaccinated travelers entering the country. Unvaccinated travelers still need to provide a negative test (PCR only) to enter Nicaragua. https://t.co/plnaJ44GGc
— Central America Living (@VidaAmerica) June 17, 2022
There are no Covid regulations or restrictions in place for travelers entering Costa Rica. At this time, entry requirements stand as they did pre-pandemic, and Costa Rica’s State of Emergency is now over.
After two grueling years, most Covid restrictions in Costa Rica are now over. Here’s a quick rundown of what that means for people on the ground and for travelers entering the country.https://t.co/DzOFzMRX0o
— Central America Living (@VidaAmerica) April 1, 2022
Panama eliminated all testing and vaccination requirements to enter its territory in September 2022. Entry requirements are now as they were pre-pandemic.
For an up-to-date guide to Panama’s entry requirements, bookmark this page from Tourism Panama.
This was just a brief overview of Central America travel restrictions at this time.
We’ll keep this updated as and when situations change – and we know it’s an ever-changing situation. If you’re in Central America, please feel free to advise us in the comments of any changing regulations so we can stay as up-to-date as possible in real time.
James Dyde is the editor of www.centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.