Vacation in Costa Rica

important information

Travel to Costa Rica while Corona 

Due to the current worldwide crisis due to the corona virus, the entry requirements to Costa Rica have also been adjusted. Only citizens from the following countries are allowed to enter since August 1st, 2020: EU, Schengen zone and UK, Canada, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand and some from Asia. For US-Americans it is slowly reopening - depending on the state in which the guest lives. The list is constantly updated and can be viewed on the official website of 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.
Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.
Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor https://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).iglesia irazu
  • 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:
When arriving at the airport, each visitor must wear a face mask and adhere to the airport hygiene protocol. This requires a minimum distance of 2 m to be maintained, the temperature to be measured and further health instructions to be followed.
In addition, you have to meet all the normal entry requirements: a passport with at least 6 months validity, a return ticket and a reservation for at least the first night in the country. Anyone entering from a non-EU country should find out in good time whether a visa is required.

To enter the country you have to fill out this form: https://salud.go.cr/step0