Costa Rica is open to all international travelers without requiring a PCR test as of October 2020. This article describes current entry requirements for entering Costa Rica during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as some of the current protocols setup in the country to protect your health. We will keep this up to date as the situation evolves.

Last updated June 13, 2022

International travelers are authorized to enter Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, and Tobías Bolaños Airport.  As of November 1, 2020 Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air, as long as they meet the country’s visa and COVID-19 entry requirements.* 

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Requirements to enter Costa Rica:

Starting April 1, 2022, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.

There are no longer requirements - as it relates to COVID-19 - to enter Costa Rica.

All commercial establishments, activities, and events can operate at 100% capacity.

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Costa Rica maintains the requirement for the mandatory use of masks, the protocol for washing hands and taking temperatures, as well as compliance with health protocols for each tourist activity.

Upon landing in Costa Rica, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.

Additionally, all non-resident travelers will be asked by the immigration officer to show proof of a return, or onward, flight ticket. It is advisable to make a photocopy or take a picture of your passport with the entry stamp to carry at all times during your stay.

Health Protocols While in the country

While in Costa Rica, it is important to know that masks are required in all public indoor venues.  This includes wearing masks in all transportations (shuttle or private transfers) and in locations such as supermarkets, pharmacies and the public areas of your hotel. 

Also, many locations take your temperature and ask you to sanitize your hands each time you enter.

These protocols are implemented to help you and the staff stay healthy.  Please follow the directions of the local staff to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to Costa Rica.

Travelers Returning to the United States

Updated June 13, 2022

Starting June 12, 2022, travelers returning to the US from international travel no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result.  Read more on the CDC website

Written by Yenyi Fu, updated Jun 14, 2022