May 13, 2021

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Welcome to Costa Rica! Entry Requirements COVID-19

Who can visit Costa Rica?  What do I need to travel to Costa Rica for 2021 during Covid-19?  What are the current Costa Rica entry requirements and regulations for travel?  Here, you'll find the Costa Rica travel requirements you'll need for your trip and answers to frequently asked questions about visiting during Covid-19.

Before You Plan Your Trip

Who Can Travel to Costa Rica?

The first thing you need to know is "Can I travel to Costa Rica?"  As you may be aware, some countries of origin (where your passport is from) require a visa to enter the country.  You should check the specific entry requirements for YOUR home country here: 

What other requirements do I need to know?

Now that you know if you'll need a visa or not, you should know that Costa Rica has additional requirements for ALL visitors, regardless of their need for a visa:

1. Your passport must be valid for AT LEAST 6 months from the date of arrival to Costa Rica and

2. You must have proof of exit within 90 days of arrival when you arrive in Costa Rica.  The longest permitted stay for visitors without special permission is 90 days.  A return flight ticket is an acceptable proof of exit.

Note: Costa Rica is currently open to travelers from ALL nations, worldwide without any additional tourist visa requirements through April 30, 2021.  

¡Don't forget to check for additional requirements to return to your home country!

It is very important to know that, in addition to the Costa Rica requirements to visit, some countries have Covid-specific requirements for returning home.  These requirements may affect your trip planning.  Be sure to check your home country requirements before you go through the planning process!

As of this post, visitors traveling to the United States must have a Covid-19 Test in Costa Rica prior to travel.

Once You Have Travel Dates

What is required to visit Costa Rica during Covid-19?

After you decide on your trip dates, you need to meet 2 more requirements to travel to Costa Rica.  These are in addition to any normally required tourist visas and standards.  These Covid-19 requirements include Vaccine OR Travel Insurance & Health Pass.  Next, you'll find details about all three!

Covid-19 Vaccination

Currently, Costa Rica does not require a Covid-19 Vaccination to enter the country, but vaccines may be required for many places you'd like to access once you have arrived.  New Covid-19 vaccine regulations will begin to take effect December 1 and go into full effect on January 8, 2022.  For more information about this, read our post titled Costa Rica Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement.  If you have completed your vaccine schedule at least 14 days prior to arrival, you are not required to have Covid-19 Travel Insurance.

That said, we think it's a good idea to get coverage, anyways!  There are high contagion rates for new strains of the virus.  Costa Rica has a 10 day mandatory isolation for people who contract Covid-19.  Those in direct contact with people who test positive are also required to quarantine for at least 10 days.

You will be given a QR code upon completion of your Health Pass (we'll get to this) that will serve as proof of vaccination in locations where required.  You should carry a digital copy of your vaccination card.  Occasionally, visitors must authenticate their vaccination records when they arrive in Costa Rica.

Travel Insurance

Currently, travel insurance is only required for travelers that have not completed their Covid-19 vaccinations (at least 14 days prior to arrival).  This travel insurance must meet the following requirements:

1.  It must be valid coverage for the entirety of the stay from arrival day through departure day and

2.  Must have minimum medical coverage including Covid-19 of $50,000 USD (if the coverage is not provided by a Costa Rican Insurance company) and

3. Must include $2,000 USD of lodging expenses coverage in the case of a need to quarantine due to Covid-19 and

4. Each traveler MUST provide a letter or certificate of insurance in English or in Spanish stating the following information:  full name of traveler, valid dates of the policy (covering the entire visit), guarantee of coverage for both medical and accommodations expenses in the amounts stated above, and SPECIFICALLY to include Covid-19 in the coverage.  

Note: insurance cards are not considered an acceptable form of proof.  It must be a letter or certificate and must include ALL of the items listed.

It seems like a lot of requirements, but if you use a company prepared for these requirements, it will make your life a lot easier.

You can use a Costa Rican insurance agency and find those options here:

OR you can use one of the following US agencies, Seven Corners or Trawick International:

Please note, inclusion of these insurance companies that offer Covid-19 plans is not an exhaustive list. It also should not be taken as a recommendation of the companies or their plans.  You should always review the plan you choose to make sure it covers your unique needs.

Within 48 Hours of Travel

Health Pass

Finally, each traveler is require to fill out a health pass online (even minors) within 48 hours of traveling TO Costa Rica.  Airlines are required to make sure you have completed your health pass before you fly.  Be sure that you complete it at the following link:

¡Safe Travels!  

Now, it's time to enjoy your trip to paradise.


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