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Costa Rica Travel Update

On this Coronavirus Costa Rica Travel Update we will keep you informed about the Travel situation due to covid-19 in Costa Rica.

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Are Costa Rica borders open?

As of November 1, 2020, U.S. citizens from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. can enter Costa Rica via air on flights departing from the United States.

Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica.

In the case of international insurance, tourists must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting:

  1. The validity of the policy during the dates of visit to Costa Rica,
  2.  Guarantee of coverage for medicals expenses in cases of COVID-19 related medical treatment in the amount of 50,000 USD.
  3. Minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness.

It is also possible to purchase a Costa Rican medical insurance policy through the National Insurance Institute (INS), covering the duration of your stay in Costa Rica.

All visitors must also complete an online Health Pass (pasa de Salud) 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica.

In addition to the coronavirus-related measures, U.S. tourists must also have a valid passport and proof of intent to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.

As of November 1, U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may also enter Costa Rica via air or through authorized land border crossings and must present the following documentation:

  1. Passport.
  2. Valid DIMEX
  3. Evidence Caja payments are up to date for each person entering, and
  4. A completed Health Pass (Pase de Salud).

U.S. citizens with residency in Costa Rica who are not up to date with Caja payments will still be allowed to enter, but will be required to become up to date with all payments within 22 days.

Persons in this category must also purchase health insurance to cover the cost of any COVID-19 treatment or lodging for the 22 day grace period.

You can check entry requirements on the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) official website.

Costa Rica coronavirus regulations

Essential services are open. Public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity. Facial coverings are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home. The use of facial coverings is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation. Face shields can continue to be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath. Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth. The Ministry of Health has stated facial coverings should not include venting devices in order to provide maximum protection against COVID-19.

Does Costa Rica have Coronavirus?

We were asked this question a lot these last days: Does Costa Rica have Coronavirus? and the answer is yes, there are Covid-19 confirmed cases in the country but since the beginning of the emergency, the country has implemented coronavirus protocols that extend to international airports, land, and seaports of entry, owners and managers of tourism services.

How long can tourists stay in Costa Rica during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Citizens of the United States, Canada, most Latin American and European countries are entitled to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days, but under the current border restrictions, any foreigner who entered Costa Rica after December 17, 2019 for tourism purposes has been granted an extension of stay until August 18, 2020.

Coronavirus Essentials for Traveling to Costa Rica

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Where to find Official Costa Rica Statements about the Coronavirus?

If you want to check for more recent updates and official Costa Rica Covid-19 statements, here we are listing all the official websites to keep you informed about the situation in the country.

U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica Coronavirus information

Official Statement by the Costa Rica Tourism Board on COVID-19, Coronavirus information and travel updates.

Ministry of Health News website

Ministry of Health Official Facebook Page

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