US citizens entering Costa Rica
19 August 2020. The Costa Rican government announced on August 19 that tourists from the following US states can enter Costa Rica starting on September 1:
Visitors from the US will be subject to an additional requirement to verify that they are from an approved state.
There will be a short list of requirements for entry, including proof of residency in those states (a driver’s license will work), a negative Covid-19 result within the 48 hours prior to travel, travel insurance that covers accommodations and medical, as well as filling out the Costa Rican Health Ministry’s evaluation form.
The Tourism Minister also stated that they will monitor progress in other US states and allow entry from more states as they are deemed safe.
More information on the Travel Policy Requirements at the following link:
Statement by the Costa Rica Tourism Board
13 August 2020. The entry of international travelers has been authorized since 01 August at Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, and Tobías Bolaños Airport.
The authorized regions or countries are reviewed periodically. The list in effect as of 13 August is below:
THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE 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
The requirements established for travelers are as follows:
PCR diagnostic test with a negative result within 48 hours of travel to Costa Rica
Mandatory travel insurance – which may be international or purchased in Costa Rica – covering, at a minimum, inpatient hospital treatment for such time as may be required, and minimum coverage of 14 days of lodging
Local insurance policies authorized for travelers are currently available through the National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros) www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros and by the insurance company Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/.
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, certifying at least three conditions:
Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the 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 extended lodging expenses due to the pandemic
Fill out the electronic epidemiological form available at https://salud.go.cr.
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, temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.
Where can I find updated official information on the situation of COVID-19 in Costa Rica?
You can stay informed at the following links:
Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT):
Presidency of the Republic:
Juan Santamaría International Airport:
Daniel Oduber International Airport (Liberia International Airport):