Costa Rica Coronavirus Travel Update Covid-19

Starting on August 1, Costa Rica will open its main air terminals, the Juan Santamaria in the central valley and the Daniel Oduber in Liberia, Guanacaste. However, not all nationalities will be able to enter, the government would be analyzing the situation in each country to give the green light to these citizens to enter if they so wish.

Initially, we will be letting enter tourists from the UK, European Union, and Canada. Countries with an increase in cases such as the United States or some Latin American countries could be excluded from entering Costa Rican territory. This will be updated in the coming days. 

This is the list of citizenships allowed to visit Costa Rica:

Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark,  France, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, and Switzerland.

List of states of the U.S allowed to visit Costa Rica:

Starting September 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists residing in New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia can enter Costa Rica on limited departing flights from the United States.

Beginning September 15: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Colorado.

The American tourist must also demonstrate, through a valid driver’s license, that they live in one of the authorized states. Forms of documentation establishing residency in these six states other than a currently valid driver’s license will not be accepted. Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license.

US citizens of any state that meet the criteria of the Ministry of Health can enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany, and Madrid, Spain. However, they must show that they have stayed at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.

Please check with your airline the status of flying to Costa Rica before booking any flight to ensure that you will have no problems entering Costa Rica.

Requirements for tourists to enter Costa Rica:

1) Travel insurance.

The tourist will have to ask the international insurer for a certification issued in English or Spanish, stating at least three conditions:

a) The validity of the effective policy during the visit to Costa Rica.

b) Guarantee that it covers medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $ 50,000 (fifty thousand United States dollars).

c) That includes a minimum coverage of $ 2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to pandemic disease.

The verification mechanism will be digital; However, while it is being implemented, Institution personnel will personally attend to the cases of tourists with international coverage at the airport.

You can also obtain the insurance of the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute (INS):

2) COVID-19 negative test.

The test’s sample must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveling date to Costa Rica. Only those tests provided by laboratories authorized by the health authorities are accepted. The only test that is accepted is the real-time polymerase chain reaction test, also called PCR-RT for COVID-19. Rapid test results, serological tests, or immunity tests will not be accepted. The test result must be in English or Spanish. The RT-PCR test is required for all travelers older than 12 years older.

3) Complete digital form.

The online form is called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass). This form is available online at

Additional information:

In the same way, there will be places and activities that will not be able to operate normally or with regulations, and depending on the situation where the activity will be carried out, this could be canceled by the regulations that could be imposed by the Ministry of Health.

In addition, there will be strict and mandatory measures such as the use of masks during transfers, activities, or tours. Likewise, the use of a mask is mandatory to enter commercial premises, stores, pharmacies, banks, and other services. If you had the virus you should report it to the authorities, likewise, if you have any symptoms please refrain from traveling without first having an examination to rule out that you do not have the virus.

It will be necessary to deliver all the information about your trip, from your place of stay, tours to be made, and if you will go out to other activities such as dinners in restaurants. This to track the location in case of a possible contagion and that the authorities must locate all the people involved.

Additional information will be could be required and this post will be updated with the information requested by our authorities. We kindly request to follow all instructions given by our government and your local guides, this with the simple objects that they can enjoy a memorable vacation after such difficult times.

Costa Rica has made excellent management of the pandemic and we have a robust social health system, and all government institutions have made efforts to control the situation from all points of view. Anyways if there is an increase in the cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) the country could become lockdown again. 

Last update on Monday, 31 August 2020