As of October 26th 2020, a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required to enter Costa Rica
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a hot topic these days for tourists looking to travel to international destinations. We’ve had many guests and potential guests inquire about how Costa Rica is dealing with the Coronavirus, what are the current travel restrictions, and whether they should modify their plans. We have provided links to official government websites and articles so that you can ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date Covid-19 news regarding Costa Rica.
What are the Entry Requirements for Costa Rica? Essential Costa Rica.
- Arriving Tourists Must Purchase Traveler’s Insurance – The coverage needs to include medical and lodging insurance. Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica and the lodging needed in the event your stay is extended for a 14-day quarantine. While tourists have the option of purchasing insurance from a US company or a Costa Rican company, for one-week stays, we recommend purchasing traveler’s insurance from INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros. This Costa Rican Insurance provider is known to be the most easily recognized coverage in Costa Rica, at competitive rates. As entry guidelines change frequently, we recommend purchasing traveler’s insurance no earlier than 2-weeks prior to your travel date. It is recommended to print these documents and have them readily available.
- Insurance purchased through a Costa Rican based company, limits must be $20,000 medical and $2,000 for lodging, per person. As mentioned above, we recommend purchasing from the Costa Rican Insurance provider. The company name is INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros. They are the most easily recognized insurance coverage in Costa Rica with competitive rates. You can receive a quote and purchase this insurance through their website: INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros.
Click the icon of the British flag in the upper right corner for an English language website version.
- For US polices, limits must be $50,000 medical, and lodging must be $2,000 per person. Must be considered international if purchased in the US. As of this writing, we have not found a U.S.-based insurer that will guarantee the mandatory lodging limit of $2000 in the event of contracting the virus and having your trip extended due to a 14-day quarantine.
- Covid PCR Test – As of October 26th, 2020, a covid test is no longer required to enter Costa Rica.
- ID Required – Passengers coming from the U.S.A. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This requirement excludes children traveling with their families.
- HEALTH PASS form – Must fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at: https://salud.go.cr. You are only allowed to fill out this form 48 hours or less prior to your departure time. You will need to upload your Covid-19 PCR test result and your proof of travel insurance. Once this form is completed online you will be issued a QR code. You will need to present this QR code to your airline prior to boarding your flight into Costa Rica and will also present this code to immigration upon arrival into Costa Rica.
Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country
Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.
Tourists from authorized states may enter the country even if their route includes a stop at a destination that is not authorized, as long as they do not leave the transit airport.
To view a video with important U.S. entry information, click here: US citizen entry information
Opening to Private Flights
As of Sept. 1, private flights from the United States will also be allowed to enter Costa Rica, given that their size and nature means they present a much lower epidemiological risk.
The same requirements as set forth above shall be applicable to persons on private flights. In the event that they come from a state or country that is not authorized, they must receive the approval of the Ministry of Health and the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería). Interested parties should submit a request with the following items:
- Full names of the passengers.
- Nationalities and ages.
- Legible copy of the biographical page of the passport of each one of the passengers.
- Date of arrival, arrival airport, and flight origin.
- Strategic reason for admission (investment review, property in Costa Rica, humanitarian reasons, etc.).
New Airport Protocols Implemented at San Jose International Airport (SJO): Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría Protocolos 2020.
As of August 1st 2020, Costa Rica started allowing tourists from selected regions and countries. Below is an updated list.
Current list of authorized regions and countries allowed into Costa Rica:
- As of September 1st – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of these states):
– New York
– New Jersey
– New Hampshire
– District of Columbia
- As of September 15th – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of these states):
– New Mexico
– Rhode Island
- As of October 1st – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of these states):
- As of October 15th – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of these states):
- As of November 1st – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of these states):
– All other remaining US states
- CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit.
- THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
- SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
- ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
- OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.
As of Sept. 1, 2020: