Travel requirements in each country of Central America.
Type of tests required:
- PCR test
- Antigen test
What is a COVID-19 PCR test?
A PCR test for COVID-19 is an analysis used to diagnose travelers if they may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is the Coronavirus that creates COVID-19. The PCR test is the “gold standard” analysis for diagnosing COVID-19 because it is the most exact and trustworthy test. Molecular based tests (PCR tests) for the explicit detection of COVID-19 are presently accepted from all countries of Central America, please check below the requirements for each country in particular.
What is an Antigen COVID-19 test?
A rapid antigen test (RAT), or rapid test, is a rapid diagnostic analysis applicable for point-of-care testing that directly distinguishes the existence or absence of an antigen. It is frequently used for the detection of COVID-19. These COVID-19 tests detect particular proteins in the virus. Applying a nasal swab to get a fluid fragment, antigen tests can generate results in minutes. In contrast to the PCR tests which may be sent to a lab for analysis.
Please keep in mind that the Government of each Central American country reviews, on an evolving basis, the extent of the situation in each single country. Therefore, this list can be adjusted at short notice.
Guatemala COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
A Negative COVID-19 Test is Required to enter Guatemala. All arrival travelers must be holding a negative test, both types are accepted:
- Antigen Covid: it must not be older than 72 hours upon entry.
- PCR: it must not be older than 96 hours upon entry.
Important: the visitors arriving by air which do not bring a negative test result, they will be able to take the test at the international airport.
Belize COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
It is necessary to download and complete the form on the Belize Health App within 72 hours before your arrival to obtain a QR Health Code. International tourists must make sure they have a reservation at Gold Standard hotels in order to present the confirmation at immigration.
Present a negative COVID-19 test, if it is PCR it must be taken within 96 hours before traveling, if it is a Rapid Test (Rapid Antigen, SD Biosensor, Sofía and ABBOTT – Panbio -), it must be taken within 48 hours prior to traveling. Or if you have already been fully immunized against COVID-19 at least two weeks before traveling, you must present the proof at your arrival. If you have not been immunized or present any test, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport at a cost of USD $ 50 per visitor.
During the visit, you must observe all security protocols and before leaving the country take a COVID-19 test at any of the approved testing centers in Belize. For detailed information click here.
El Salvador COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
A Negative PCR COVID-19 Test is Required to enter El Salvador, this test must not be older than 72 hours upon entry.
Honduras COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
A Negative PCR COVID-19 Test or Antigen is Required to enter Honduras. Each type of test which the travelers choose, must not be older than 72 hours upon entry.
Travelers have to fill up a form within the 72 hours prior to arrival, once they fill out the form they will receive a QR code. In order to fill up the form, it is necessary to create an account. Please, follow this link in order to create an account.
Nicaragua COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
A Negative PCR COVID-19 Test is Required to enter Nicaragua, this test must not be older than 72 hours upon entry. Additionally, tourists must send the results through email to their airline. Finally, visitors must show a medical certificate upon arrival with the results of the PCR test.
Costa Rica COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
Travelers must fill up a health pass 48 hours prior entry, available in this link: Health Pass Costa Rica. Once, they fill up the form, they will obtain a QR code and a number which they need to show in a mobile device upon arrival.
All travelers and tourists arriving to Costa Rica have to have health insurance which covers medical expenses related to COVID-19 and accommodation as well.
Panama COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
A Negative PCR COVID-19 Test or Antigen is Required to enter Honduras. Each type of test which the travelers choose, must not be older than 48 hours upon entry. Please note, that this also applies to travelers which are at the airport only on transit. The passengers who do not hold a test, will be enforced to take a test at the airport.
All travelers must fill up a sworn declaration before flying to Panama, once they fill up the document, they will receive a QR code which they need to show upon arrival on a mobile device. Please, follow this link to fill up your form.
Mexico COVID-19 Travel Requirements:
Mexico is open to tourists. There is no need to show a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival, though a lot of hotels and resorts ask travelers to complete health questionnaires. Mexico has some of the relaxed border restrictions, presently, with anyone granted to travel by air for business or leisure. However, the health department is on alert to assist travelers who show Coronavirus symptoms.