Costa Rica (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

1. Name of the person who received the vaccine
2. Date of each dose
3. Pharmaceutical house

In the case of U.S. travelers, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Not required
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: There is no requirement to quarantine when arriving to Costa Rica.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.11.2021
1. Passengers must arrive at San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR).
2. A “Pase de Salud” form must be completed before departure of the flight to Costa Rica at https://salud.go.cr. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.
3. Entry regulations for nationals of Costa Rica apply to passengers with proof of being dual nationals of Costa Rica.
4. Passengers entering Costa Rica must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses and accommodation costs valid for the period of intended stay.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Costa Rica;
– passengers younger than 18 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, in English or Spanish, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac.
5. Passengers transiting through Costa Rica must have travel insurance for a minimum of 5 days to cover COVID-19 expenses and accommodation costs.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Costa Rica;
– passengers younger than 18 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, in English or Spanish, showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea.

By land, the country admits tourists from groups one and two included in the general guidelines for entry and stay visas for non-residents, that is, they do not require a visa. Individuals whose nationality is in the third and fourth groups and who require a consular or consulted visa to enter, may visit Costa Rica by land when the Costa Rican consulates return to attend these procedures, on a date yet to be defined. In the meantime, they can opt for air or sea entry.

Starting Sept.September 1st, Costa Rica reactivated cruise tourism for the 2021-2022 season.

As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

1. Name of the person who received the vaccine
2. Date of each dose
3. Pharmaceutical house

In the case of U.S. travelers, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

Those who enter the country by sea and who have not made a stopover elsewhere, should not be subjected to isolation if they have been sailing for more than 14 days.

Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease.

International Policies
Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:

1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.
3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:

1. Name of the person traveling.
2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).
3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000
4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.

Costa Rican policies
The tourist can also choose any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica.

INS: https://www.grupoins.com/seguros-para-viajero/seguro-viajero-ingreso-costa-rica/

Sagicor: https://tiendasagicor.com/en/

BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod

IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.

Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence, or temporary category who return to Costa Rica, and who are not up to date with the corresponding payments with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, must acquire a temporary local insurance for 22 days or an international insurance that complies with the same requirements that are applied to a foreign tourist.

In the case of foreigners with the immigration category of permanent or temporary resident, or special category in the latter case (with the exception of the Student Subcategory), they must demonstrate the assurance by the Costa Rican social security, which is in force and can be verified in the link: https://sfa.ccss.sa.cr/servMedicos/validarDerechos.do

Tourists who are in transit through the country must purchase insurance with a minimum coverage of five days.

Costa Rican citizens do not require health insurance.

Tourists are requested and warned not to attach unsolicited personal documents, such as copies of credit cards, keys or private passwords or others in the link of the Health Pass: https://salud.go.cr nor in an email to [email protected] Reminder that only a copy of the insurance policies should be attached.

Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr
The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link: https://migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx.
 

Lockdown Details

Costa Rica is now open for air travel from any country, and land borders have reopened.

There is no requirement to quarantine when arriving to Costa Rica.

Anyone arriving in Costa Rica who will be required to:
– Complete an epidemiological survey
– Purchase medical insurance covering COVID-19 treatment and accommodation, unless they are fully vaccinated.

Public transportation in Costa Rica is operating, with health measurements in place.

Restaurants and bars are operating under capacity limitations and social distancing requirements.

Some facilities require proof of vaccination to enter.

Non-essential Some businesses and attractions in Costa Rica are open from 05:00-23:00, with capacity limitations and health measures in place.

Some facilities, such as hotels, bars, casinos, and museums, require proof of vaccination to enter.

Wearing a face mask is required in enclosed public places and on public transportation.

Until December 1, most businesses can operate (with some capacity restrictions) from 5am until 11pm.

National Parks will be open from 5am to 8pm and may operate at 100% capacity

Beaches will be open from 5am to 8pm
 

Sources

https://www.afar.com/magazine/costa-rica-to-open-to-us-travelers-from-six-states-in-september
Data Source: covidcontrols.co