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Covid Travel Restrictions

An Updated Guide to the Covid Travel Restrictions in Central America

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. And, as of July 2023, it’s all good! All countries in Central America have abolished their Covid entry rules:


Belize has no requirements or restrictions on anyone entering or leaving its territory. For continuous, up-to-date into on Belize’s entry requirements, bookmark this page from the Belize Tourism Board.


Guatemala has no vaccination or testing requirements for travelers entering its territory. To keep up with Guatemala’s entry requirements, bookmark this page.

El Salvador:

El Salvador has eliminated all testing and vaccination restrictions to enter the country.


There are no Covid regulations or restrictions in place for travelers entering Honduras.


Nicaragua has ended all Covid entry requirements as of July 2023. It was the last country in the region to do so.

Costa Rica:

There are no Covid regulations or restrictions in place for travelers entering Costa Rica.


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 He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.