Holidays: Costa Rica axes covid tests on arrival for Britons boosting hopes for winter sun

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Costa Rica has announced that Britons will no longer have to present a negative coronavirus test certificate to enter the country. The country announced that the new rules will be put in place from November 1. However, Britons will need to buy insurance that has specific cover requirements in order to visit.

The requirements include medical expenses and accommodation in case travellers have to quarantine while they are there.

Visitors will also have to fill in a form called an advance epidemiological information form.

The country opened its doors to tourists on August 1.

Citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK, Mexico, Jamaica and certain parts of the USA have been allowed to enter.

If you’re a resident in Costa Rica, you will be allowed entry into the country but may have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is currently advising against all non-essential travel to Costa Rica.

Britons returning from the country to the UK must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

The country is unlikely to be added to the UK travel corridor list as it is recording a seven-day case rate of 178 per 100,000 people.

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Costa Rica has recorded just over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 at the time of writing.

The country is known for its beaches, rainforest and volcanoes and is located in the heart of Central America.

The country would be a good winter sun destination as it remains hot.

However, this time of year the country has a lot of rain due to being in its “green season”.

The rainy season usually runs between May and November for most regions of the country but can vary.

Flight prices to Costa Rica, according to Skyscanner, are around £300 from London.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces pressure from MPs over the current quarantine period.

Senior Tory MPs have sent the Prime Minister a letter saying the quarantine period should be slashed to five days from 14 days.

The letter said the proposal to take a covid test after seven days is too long.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is understood to be in favour of those in quarantine taking a test on the seventh day.

Those with negative result could then finish their quarantine period in half the time.

Airline and travel company chiefs have been calling for the introduction of airport testing over the last few months.

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