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Costa Rica

The information was updated on 4th March 2021.

Entry Requirements

Since Nov. 1, Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air, as long as they meet the country’s visa and COVID-19 entry requirements.

The Government of the Republic has facilitated the entry of international tourists, and since Oct. 26, eliminated the requirement of RT-PCR tests for the detection of the coronavirus. Neither Costa Ricans nor foreigners will be issued sanitary confinement (or quarantine) orders when entering the country by air. These measures are subject to change and dependent on the evolution of the pandemic both in Costa Rica and around the world.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are asked to abide by the sanitary protocols implemented for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

Entry requirements for the country

For information on visas, refer to the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners: https://www.migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx

The following requirements remain during the pandemic:

  1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr
    • This pass will be available 48 hours before boarding. It must be accessed in an updated browser (except for Internet Explorer). An individual form must be completed for every person, including minors.
  2. Purchase health insurance
    • It is mandatory that tourists purchase travel insurance, covering their accommodations in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness. An explanation of one’s travel insurance coverage, addressing Costa Rica’s requirements, must be uploaded or entered into the HEALTH PASS in order to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. If more information on international insurance is needed, the Costa Rican authorities will contact the passenger at the email address indicated in the HEALTH PASS.
    • In the case of international insurance, the tourist must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting at least three conditions, without forgetting to add it to the HEALTH PASS:
      1. Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica.
      2. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least US $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
      3. Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to pandemic illness or trip interruption/cancellation due to illness, which covers the extra cost of the passenger due to quarantine.
    • If you do not have international insurance, it is possible to opt for travel insurance from Costa Rican companies approved by SUGESE (General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica), which offer their services at Juan Santamaría international airports (city of San José) and Daniel Oduber Quirós (city of Liberia).
    • National insurances meet all the requirements to have coverage of medical expenses for illness, including COVID-19, for a minimum amount of $20,000 and coverage for extended lodging expenses or quarantine, due to pandemic illness, for a minimum amount of $2,000.
    • Local insurance authorized for travelers can be valued at the following links. If you have doubts or queries about the requirements or conditions of the insurance, please email seguros@ict.go.cr
    • 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 purchase a temporary local insurance for 22 days or bring an international insurance that complies with the requirements of a foreign tourist.
    • In the case of foreigners with the migratory category of permanent or temporary resident, or special category in the latter case, with the exception of the Student Subcategory, they must demonstrate the insurance by the Costa Rican social security, which can be verified at https://sfa.ccss.sa.cr/servMedicos/validarDerechos.do

Documents on new travel requirements by COVID-19 for International Tourists

You can stay informed at the following links:

Ministry of Health

Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT)

Presidency of the Republic

Migration Office

Juan Santamaría International Airport

Daniel Oduber International Airport (Liberia International Airport)

Flights from the UK

Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia, Air France and Lufthansa are operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates.

Check with the airlines or a travel agent. If you need consular assistance, email the British Embassy at consular.costarica@fcdo.gov.uk.

Other entry points

Private flights

Private flights from the United States of America and the rest of the world are permitted to enter the country. For passengers on private flights, the same requirements already described apply.

Maritime entry

Passengers and crew of yachts and sailboats must meet the same sanitary entry requirements that the country requires of those who enter by air.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, tourists coming from yachts or sailboats must also hand over to the immigration authorities the document “International port clearance” in authorized marinas.

A visa is not required for maritime crew members who intend to arrive in the country on yachts or sailboats and according to their nationalities in accordance with the General Guidelines for Entry and Permanence Visas for Non-Residents issued by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration. They will be able to enter the country without prior authorization from the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration.

For any medical insurance questions, the passengers and crew of yachts or sailboats can email seguros.marinas@ict.go.cr.

Flights from the UK

Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia, Air France and Lufthansa are operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates.

Check with the airlines or a travel agent. If you need consular assistance, email the British Embassy at consular.costarica@fcdo.gov.uk.

Tourist activities permitted

Source: Insituto Costarricense de Turismo