Limiting visitor access, several travel restrictions, and social distancing is taking place to combat COVID – 19 by Central and South American nations. Costa Rica has closed its land, air, and sea borders to foreigners and non-residents at the beginning March 18 and has banned till April 12 as on Monday, it declared as a state of emergency.
Costa Rica citizens and residents who have landed in the country after March 18 will be subject to 14-day quarantines, said by President Carlos Alvarado. The country’s health minister, Daniel Salas, said that Costa Rica has 41 confirmed cases of COVID – 19. Three of the people are in intensive care, and five hospitalized.
Costa Rica requested residents to remain at home whenever possible and also suspended mass gatherings, closed the country’s bars and nightclubs. Many of the tourist sites and beaches also closed down along with the National Amusement Park.
Officials the National System of Conservation Areas also said that the visitor reservations at Poás Volcano National Park, which is one of the country’s most popular attractions sharply declined this week. However, Costa Rica’s National Parks remain open.
Costa Rica’s tourism minister, Maria Amalia Revelo, added that Travelers currently visiting Costa Rica or with layovers in the country would be allowed to transit through airports and depart “in an orderly fashion.”
Costa Rica hosted 3.1 million visitors in 2019, and it’s been the region’s most tourism-reliant nations with tourism generating 8.2% of the country’s gross domestic product, according to Costa Rica’s Tourism Board Data.
As COVID-19 has already made a negative impact on travel all around the world, the nation will ultimately get affected to match such figures in 2020 as it will eventually affect the GDP too.