COSTA RICA TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
Entry to Costa Rica is authorized for all countries in the world by air and sea. Land borders remain closed.
You can enter the country on commercial or private international flights that land at Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber Quirós airports.
In the case of entering the country by sea, you can enter the country on yachts and sailboats only through Golfito, Los Sueños, Pez Vela, Banana Bay and Papagayo shores.
The tourist must meet visa requirements and requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.
The Government of the Republic does not request coronavirus screening tests nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders as requirements to enter the country by air.
Those people 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 visiting Costa Rica are required to observe the sanitary protocols established for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.
For information on visas, please visit the website of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners: https://www.migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx
In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:
- Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS, which is available at: https://salud.go.cr
The Health Pass can only be completed 48 hours before boarding. It must be accessed in updated browsers or Internet Explorer. The form must be completed by each person, including minors, without exception.
- Purchase health insurance
Tourists must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers quarantine accommodation and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease.
Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:
- Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
- US $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.
- US $2,000 for accommodation expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine.
Please ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:
- Name of the person traveling.
- Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica (travel dates).
- Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in the event of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least US $50,000.
- Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for accommodation 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 in order to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document.
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.
BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod
IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at US $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers, the minimum was set at US $20,000.
Foreigners with temporary residence, permanent 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 migratory category of permanent, temporary resident, or special category, in the latter case, with the exception of Student Subcategory, they must demonstrate valid insurance coverage by the Costa Rican social security, which can be verified in the link: https://sfa.ccss.sa.cr/servMedicos/validarDerechos.do.
Costa Rican citizens do not require health insurance.
Failure to comply with these requirements makes the passenger’s entry into the country impossible.
A return flight ticket is needed when entering Costa Rica. The immigration officer will ask for it upon your arrival. It is advisable to make a photocopy or take a picture of your passport with the entry stamp to carry at all times during your stay.
- Your country of origin determines the amount of days available to stay in Costa Rica as a tourist.
- In some cases, the Immigration official may request you show economic solvency for your stay in the country.
- Even with a 90-day tourist visa, the immigration official determines the duration of your stay as allowed by your passport.
Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport as well as proof of their intent to exit the country before their visa or entry stamp expires, usually within 90 days.
All non-resident travelers must possess a return ticket or a ticket as proof of when they intend to exit the country, commonly referred to as an outbound exit or onward ticket. An onward ticket is required of non-residents who are:
- Traveling on a one-way ticket
- Entering the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival
- Flying into Costa Rica and flying out of another country
By law, an onward ticket includes any of the following on approved, commercial transport:
- A pre-purchased bus ticket out of the country
- A pre-purchased flight out of the country
- Proof of passage on a cruise ship
On January 12th, 2021, the CDC announced that beginning on January 26th, 2021 a negative Covid test will need to be completed 72 hours or less prior to your return flight to the US. There are two types of tests that will be accepted: rapid antigen or PCR test. Testing is required for all international travel, including US citizens. A negative Covid test will be required for anyone aged 2 and older. Written documentation must be provided to the airlines (paper or electronic copy) and include the name and contact information for the laboratory or healthcare personnel who performed the test.
Test Results Must State: Negative, SARS-CoV2 RNA Not Detected, SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Not Detected, or COVID-19 Not Detected.
*Testing is required even with the Covid vaccination at this time.
If you have tested positive from Covid within 90 days of your return trip date you will need to provide documentation from your positive result (must have the date you tested positive on) and you must have a letter from your licensed health care provider or a public health official clearing you for travel.