Two Central American countries will stop requesting Covid-19 tests

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Q24N – El Salvador and Panama are the two Central American countries that will no longer require negative Covid-19 tests or medical insurance as a condition of entry.

However, in Panama, the measure will only apply to vaccinated people. As of February 16, 2022, only unvaccinated tourists and those with fewer than two doses (Panama considers three doses for full vaccination) will be required to present a negative PCR or antigen test as a condition of entry into Panama.

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Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo’s decree states that “the traveler must digitally register proof of vaccination before traveling or physically present the vaccination card at the port of entry into the country”.

In the case of those who do not have at least two doses and the unvaccinated, they must present a negative test 72 hours before travel or can be tested (at their own expense) at the point of entry.

El Salvador has stopped requesting negative Covid-19 tests and vaccination cards since November 17, 2021, according to information from the country’s immigration service website.

El Salvador also opened the doors to vaccination tourism with which foreigners could travel to get vaccinated for free.

“We are a country of open doors to all foreigners, in addition to being able to enter our territory without restrictions, they are reminded that they can access the national vaccination system on a voluntary basis, a convenience that few countries can offer to their visitors”, according to the government of Nayib Bukele.

Around Central America

Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, on March 1, it eliminated the requirement for a health pass for Costa Ricans, and starting April 1, the country will eliminate the need to complete a health pass for all travelers and the need for unvaccinated to buy covid-travel insurance.

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Additionally, on April 1, the country will eliminate the use of QR code to verify vaccination.

Honduras. Honduras has eliminated the negative covid-19 test for vaccinees. Travelers who cannot be vaccinated against covid-19 must take a negative covid-19 test no later than 72 hours before their arrival. Accepted tests are antigen, ELISA and PCR.

A completed “immigration pre-check” must be submitted prior to departure at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn or upon arrival

Guatemala. Effective January 10, 2022, the Government of Guatemala has announced new entry requirements for travelers who are neither Guatemalan citizens nor Guatemalan residents, will be required to present the next two:

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over: Proof of having received a full course of two-dose COVID-19 vaccination (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the last dose given at least two weeks prior to departure. start of your trip to Guatemala; and
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over, proof of a negative PCR or COVID-19 antigen test from a certified laboratory performed no later than three (3) days prior to airport check-in or arrival at the land border.

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Guatemalan citizens, Guatemalan residents and diplomats accredited to Guatemala will be required to present That is of the following:

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over: Proof of having received a full course of two-dose COVID-19 vaccination (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the last dose given at least two weeks prior to departure. start of your trip to Guatemala; Where
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over: proof of a negative PCR or COVID-19 antigen test from a certified laboratory performed no later than three (3) days prior to airport check-in or arrival at the land border.

Nicaragua. To enter Nicaragua, citizens and foreigners must present a negative COVID-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. For citizens arriving from Asia, Africa and Oceania, the test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before their arrival in Nicaragua.

The testing requirement applies to both land borders and airports. And although airports in Nicaragua have reopened, flights to and from the country are currently limited. And the few flights that operate are very expensive.

People who wish to visit Nicaragua, entering by air or land, at least 36 hours before your flight, you must complete the following form and fill in the personal data requested.

must complete an online form or download and complete it, which is issued by the Ministry of Interior to provide an agile, orderly and safe application to enter the country.

Travel advisory, it is recommended to consult the IATA COVID-19 travel regulations map for the latest travel requirements worldwide.

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