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 January 4th, 2020

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.* 

*For the most up to date information, please also refer to this link: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICES:
As of October 26, all local and foreign passengers who enter Costa Rica by air are not required to present an RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result.

Requirements to enter Costa Rica:

A) Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS.  This is available at https://salud.go.cr. The form should be completed no more than 48 hrs before your boarding time.  You should also complete the form for every traveler, including minors.

B) Purchase health insurance.  The health insurance can be purchased in your home country or purchased in Costa Rica.  Your best option is to purchase the health insurance in your home country, however, if you are not clear which to purchase, or just pressed for there, the Costa Rican government has also identified two Costa Rican insurers that can provide the required coverage.  

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For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certificate from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions. (This certificate must be uploaded when filling out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS):

  1. Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  2. Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
  3. Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Note: Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

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.

To view a video with important U.S. entry information, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAc-cbzOhxM 

 

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.