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Belize, Costa Rica to expand testing in response to new CDC requirement for US travel

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021. 11:12 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Two of the Central American region’s top tourist destinations – Belize and Costa Rica – have announced plans to expand testing for COVID-19 for tourists in response to new guidelines announced this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Starting January 26, as we have reported, the CDC will require a negative COVID-19 test from all passengers arriving in the United States.

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), after consultation with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, has confirmed that testing will be expanded and made available to all passengers departing Belize for the U.S.

Further details including cost and testing locations across the country are being determined. All individuals who plan to visit Belize can, therefore, proceed with their travel plans.

The Board in a statement said it recognizes that U.S. travelers account for approximately 70% of visitors to the country. It will continue to be guided by health protocols to welcome all visitors and ensure a safe experience from arrival to departure.

Costa Rica’s Tourism Institute explained that a working group is coordinating with private laboratories to administer RT-PCR tests and make them available to American and other tourists across the country for less than US$100 each.


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