Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements COVID-19


Updated August 27, 2020 – Select international travelers are authorized to enter Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport (LIR), and Tobías Bolaños Airport.

The list of authorized regions and countries is being revised every 2 weeks.


This is the list currently in effect:

  • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.

  • CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.

  • ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.

  • OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.


    • Sept. 1, 2020: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

    • Sept. 15, 2020: Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island.

    • October 1, 2020: California



  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at (the form only worked for us 24 hours before our flight)

  • COVID RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.

  • Passengers coming from the U.S.A. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 12 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children traveling with their families.

  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros), or Sagicor­.   (price s about $12 a day)

For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy for the duration of the visit to Costa Rica.

  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).

  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Tourists from authorized states may enter the country even if their route includes a stop at a destination that is not authorized, as long as they do not leave the transit airport.


Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.


Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.


Opening to Private Flights

As of Sept. 1, private flights from the United States will also be allowed to enter Costa Rica, given that their size and nature means they present a much lower epidemiological risk.

The same requirements as set forth above shall be applicable to persons on private flights. In the event that they come from a state or country that is not authorized, they must receive the approval of the Ministry of Health and the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería). Interested parties should submit a request with the following items:

  • Full names of the passengers.

  • Nationalities and ages.

  • Legible copy of the biographical page of the passport of each one of the passengers.

  • Date of arrival, arrival airport, and flight origin.

  • Strategic reason for admission (investment review, property in Costa Rica, humanitarian reasons, etc.).

Gradual Maritime Opening

In compliance with Costa Rica’s entry requirements from Aug. 1, private yachts are allowed to enter the country beginning Sept. 1. If passengers do not have a negative PCR test, or if they sailed from a city or port that has not been authorized to date, they will receive a health quarantine order which will deduct the number of days on the high seas, counting from the last port departure date recorded in the yacht’s log.



Latest Information about COVID-19 and Travel to Costa Rica



To visit our country there are some requirements which must be met.

Remember that:

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

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