COVID

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements COVID-19

 

Updated February  25, 2022 – Costa Rica is open to all international tourists. 

  • Covid tests are NOT required

  • Proof of vaccination is NOT required

  • Starting April 1, 2022 there are no COVID-related entry requirements. No proof of vaccination, no travel insurance, and no Health Pass is required. 

REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER COSTA RICA UP TO MARCH 31, 2022:  

  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - Vaccinated travelers are exempt from purchasing travel insurance. You must show proof of vaccination. 

    • The best international insurance* we've found is through Tarwick International 

    • *For other international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions: policy must explicitly mention coverage for COVID.

      • 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. 

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

    • Purchase through Costa Rica providers - National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguros-para-viajero/seguro-viajero-ingreso-costa-rica/, Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­, or Blue Cross Blue Sheild www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod  

All travelers returning to the United States (including citizens) must obtain a negative test for re-entry. As ofJanuary 2022:

  • ALL travelers regardless of vaccination status must show proof of a negative Covid test (antigen or PCR) taken within 1 day of departure.

SJO and LIBERIA airports are offering on-site COVID testing. The antigen test results satisfy the requirements for the US, but if you are traveling to a country that requires PCR results you will need to make testing arrangements accordingly.

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 number 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