Costa Rica Has Taken A Serious Approach Against The Spread Of Covid-19
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.
- Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at: https://salud.go.cr.
- RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD TEST RESULTS ON YOUR PHONE – SCREEN SHOTS NOT ACCEPTED
- 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 12 authorized states. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.
- Must purchase Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros or Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:
- Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
- 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).
- Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.
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, disinfection of carpets, and 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):
- 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: