Costa Rica Coronavirus Travel Update Covid-19

Costa Rica Coronavirus Travel Update Covid-19 page gives you the latest news and restrictions for traveling into Costa Rica. Please check with your airline before traveling. 

Since November 2021, Costa Rica has opened its main air terminals, Juan Santamaria in San Jose, and the Guanacaste Airport, Guanacaste to all flights. 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.

Customs officials will limit the duration of your visit corresponding to the coverage dates provided by the COVID-19 medical insurance acquire to travel to Costa Rica. Tourists are not able to extend their stay while in Costa Rica. If you pretend to stay longer you will be required to exit the country and purchase additional COVID-19 medical insurance prior to reentry.

Requirements for tourists to enter Costa Rica:

As of August 1, 2021, all tourists with the complete vaccination scheme against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

If you are not totally inoculated below you can find what you need to enter the country.

Costa Rica Coronavirus Travel Insurance.

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

  • The validity of the effective policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • 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).
  • 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 from the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute (INS):

U.S Citizens CDC Travel Warning

The CDC has released a new and immediate order effective on January 26, all airline passengers flying to the United States with ages of two years and older will have to provide a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within three calendar days before travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

For more information about the U.S Government & CDC please refer to the following link:

Where to get the Covid-19 PCR Test?

As one of the new requirements to fly or go back to the United States after vacation is to present a Covid-19 Negative Test to the customs authorities you may ask where you can have this test in Costa Rica. The answer is easy, everywhere, most private clinics have been enabled to perform the PCR test. Results will be shown between 24 to 72 hours after the test, results will arrive in your email inbox.

In this link, you can find a list of the laboratories along with the country where you can get the PCR Covid-19 -test.

Costa Rica Coronavirus Travel Update Covid-19

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.

The use of masks during transfers, activities, or tours could be required. 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.

Additional information will be could be required and this post will be updated with the information requested by our authorities. We kindly request you 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 Saturday, 23 January 2021

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