Life is finally starting to feel like things might return to normal after a weird and difficult 2020. With vaccination underway worldwide, borders are slowly reopening; we see more planes in the sky, and there is hope in the air. If you are wondering if Costa Rica is open for travel, the answer is YES! And below is some essential information for you.
At the time of writing this post, entry to Costa Rica is open for people arriving from all countries, without exception, either by air or sea. The land borders are scheduled to reopen fully on April 5, 2021. Commercial and private international flights can land at the Juan Santamaría airport in San Jose and Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport in Liberia. If you wish to enter the country by sea on a yacht or a sailboat, the only authorized entry points are Golfito, Los Sueños, Pez Vela, Banana Bay and, Papagayo.
Do I need a COVID-19 Test to enter Costa Rica?
No! At the time of writing this, no COVID-19 test is required to enter the country, no matter where you are coming from, or the manner in which you have arrived.
Will I have to Quarantine when I arrive to Costa Rica?
For those entering Costa Rica’s republic by air, the country does not require a sanitary quarantine. If you are entering the country by sea, you will not be subject to isolation if you have been sailing for more than 14 days and have made no stop anywhere else along the way.
Will I have to follow any Sanitary Protocols while in Costa Rica?
Everyone in Costa Rica, including tourists, must observe the government’s sanitation measures while carrying out their daily activities. This includes, among other things avoiding big gatherings, always wearing a mask while in a business establishment, and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently. Please also note that, at the time of writing this article, Costa Rica has a country-wide vehicular restriction between 11pm and 5am.
It is not necessary to obtain a visa to enter Costa Rica as a tourist; however, because of the ongoing world pandemic, the Costa Rican government has established specific entry requirements.
Before boarding your plane, you must fill out the online Pase de Salud (Health Pass) on the Costa Rican Health Department website. You can complete your Health Pass starting 48 hours before boarding. Many people have complained about the website not working correctly. If you are experiencing difficulties filling out the Health Pass, don’t give up; try a different browser, clear your cache, restart your computer, try using your phone… It will eventually work out. The form must be completed by each traveler, including minors, without exception.
You can find the Pase De Salud here: https://salud.go.cr
Anyone entering Costa Rica as a tourist must first purchase Travel Health Insurance covering quarantine accommodation and any medical expense related to the coronavirus disease. You can buy an international policy or a Costa Rican policy.
International Policy requirements
Must be Valid during your whole stay (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
Ask your insurance company for a certificate or a letter in English or Spanish confirming:
Name of the person traveling
Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses for COVID-19, for a minimum of US $50,000
Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for accommodation expenses in case of quarantine or trip interruption
This letter 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.
Costa Rican Policy requirements
You can also choose any to buy insurance from one of the following Costa Rican insurance companies. These companies are registered and authorized by the General Superintendent of Insurance of Costa Rica.
BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod
IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage is US $50,000, but for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers, the minimum is US $20,000.
For more information:
Entry by air or land– If you have any doubt or questions concerning the requirements or conditions of the medical insurance, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry by sea – If you have any doubt or questions concerning the requirements or conditions of the medical insurance, passengers and crew of yachts or sailboats, contact: email@example.com