Costa Rica: Who can travel right now to Costa Rica?

Updated: Sep 19



UPDATES from September 15th, 2020


Due to COVID-19 tourism has been stopped for many months in many countries, and Costa Rica has been also a country that has suffered a lot this pandemic in this industry. But since 1st of August, the government open the air borders to tourist flying from this countries:

  • Germany

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Canada

  • Denmark

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Norway

  • Netherlands

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Czech Republic

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

And since August 19th of 2020 , the Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura announced that tourists from the United States will be welcome starting in September, but not from all states. Here are the following states allow:

  • New York

  • New Jersey

  • New Hampshire

  • Maine

  • Vermont

  • Connecticut

  • Maryland

  • Virginia

  • District of Columbia

As of September 15th, the list will be further expanded with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado.


As of October 1st, the list will be further expanded with California.


They just also added the following countries according to their continents:

  • 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.

Every two weeks the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica will update who will be able to enter the country as a tourist.


A tourist whose nationality is not in this list, can travel from any of this country, but they have to show to the authorities that they stayed for 14 days in this country from which they are allowed to travel to Costa Rica.


These are the requirements to enter the country as a tourist:

a) Travel insurance that covers medical expenses generated by COVID-19 disease and accommodation expenses. It can be an international insurance COVID or an insurance from INS (Instituto Nacional de Seguros) Here are some details of contact related to INS:

b) Negative COVID-19 test. The sample for the test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before the passenger flies to Costa Rica. It can be shown in PDF or JPG, because you have to attach it to the health pass form. They just agree for an extension of period of 72 hours prior to their trip, instead of 48 hours. c) Fill out the digital form called Health Pass. The form will be available at the address https://salud.go.cr

d) If you are from the United States, which allow only certain states, you will have to show your driver license, as a proof that you are from the states allowed.


What happens if the passenger does not present the requirements?


The three requirements are considered as travel documents, such as the passport, and they have to be presented by the tourist in order to enter the country. If the tourist does not present the requirements, they will be rejected by the Migration Officer and will be returned to their country.


ABOUT THE COVID TEST


Should the test be less than 72 hours old at the time of starting the flight or entering the airport? The sample for the test must be taken 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica. That is, if the flight is on August 6th at 2:00 p.m., the passenger would have to take the sample from August 3rd at 2:00 p.m.


What happens if, due to flight time or connections, the passenger takes more than 48 hours to get to Costa Rica? At the moment, flights from countries to which borders have been opened do not stop at countries off the list. If this situation occurs, due to an eventuality, travelers must stay in transit condition (do not migrate into the stopover country). In this situation, the case would be submitted to an analysis to verify the above and authorize the passenger's entry.


Where should I get tested? The test must be done in a laboratory approved by the health authority of the country in which the passenger is located. For example, if the passenger lives in Germany and his flight leaves from Germany, he will have to present the test result by a laboratory authorized by the health authority in Germany.


What type of test should I take? The only test that is accepted is the real-time polymerase chain reaction test, also called PCR-TR for COVID-19. Results of rapid tests, serological tests or immunity tests will not be accepted as valid.


In what language should the test result be? The test result will be received only in English or Spanish.


If PCR-TR tests for COVID-19 are not available in the country or region where I live, can I submit a medical statement stating that I do not have COVID? No, the submission of any document other than the result of the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 is not valid.


What is the minimum age of the traveler to meet the requirement of submitting a PCR-RT test for COVID-19?

The PCR-TR test is required for all travelers 12 years of age or older.


If you need more information you can contact your airline, the embassy of Costa Rica in your country or you can contact Costa Rica Travelling Tours by Amanda to guide you in this process www.crtravellingtours.com or www.facebook.com/crtravellingtours/


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