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COVID-19 TEST – WHERE TO GET TESTED AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS

As many passengers need a negative Covid-19 test to go back to their countries, here is some useful information on where to get the test if you're staying in Tamarindo, and how much it costs.

Medical Center, Tamarindo

On the main road to Tamarindo, in between Boutique Hostel Casa Aura and Restaurant Aqua Salada, just 50 meters from our diving center.

Tel. +506 2653 1974

Dr. Roberto Piloto

Test cost: USD120.00

Results: 48 hours

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Hospital Metropolitano, Cabo Velas - Huacas

Address: Cabo Velas next to the fire station. Huacas, Guanacaste.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Phone: +506 4000-3822

Whatsapp: +506 8465-7484

Test cost: 

CRC 68,000 with credit/debit card (approx.. USD 115.00)

CRC 70,720 if you pay cash (approx.. USD 118.00) 

 Results: 24/48 hrs

What are the restrictions

There's no need for a negative Covid-19 PCR test result as there was initially, and the country dropped the requirement of filling out a Health Pass before arrival on March 1, 2022.

The requirement for non-vaccinated arrivals to have travel insurance covering Covid-19 treatment was dropped on April 1. Free vaccinations are now on offer to tourists at San Jose's airport, if they so wish.

Residents and Costa Rican nationals may be subject to self-isolation on arrival.

The land borders, which had been closed to nonresidents, reopened April 2021 to visitors not needing a visa.

American Airlines launched flights from Chicago and Austin to San Jose on November 2, 2021. Avianca launched flights from Cancún on December 2. British Airways returned after a pandemic break on December 15.

Mask wearing and other measures

Costa Rica’s new president (who took office May 8th) removed the mask mandate for indoor spaces (except medical facilities). However businesses are allowed to require a mask and refuse customers who do not comply if they choose to do so. From our experience, most businesses are not requiring masks, some are requiring only their employees to wear a mask, and very few have a mask requirement for customers. 

For all US citizens. Please read the following article:

"A Guide to the New Covid-19 Testing Rules for Travel to the U.S."

Statement by the Costa Rica Tourism Board

Since Nov. 1, Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air, as long as they meet the country’s visa and COVID-19 entry requirements.

The Government of the Republic has facilitated the entry of international tourists, and since Oct. 26, eliminated the requirement of RT-PCR tests for the detection of the coronavirus. Neither Costa Ricans nor foreigners will be issued sanitary confinement (or quarantine) orders when entering the country by air. These measures are subject to change and dependent on the evolution of the pandemic both in Costa Rica and around the world.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are asked to abide by the sanitary protocols implemented for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

Entry requirements for the country

For information on visas, refer to the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners: https://www.migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx

The following requirements remain during the pandemic:

  1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr

    • This pass will be available 48 hours before boarding. It must be accessed in an updated browser (except for Internet Explorer). An individual form must be completed for every person, including minors.

Private flights

From Sept.1st, 2021, private flights from the United States of America are allowed to enter the country. For passengers on private flights, the same requirements already described apply.

Maritime entry

Passengers and crew of yachts and sailboats must meet the same sanitary entry requirements that the country requires of those who enter by air.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, tourists coming from yachts or sailboats must also hand over to the immigration authorities the document “International Ship Sailing and Dock” in authorized marinas.

In case of doubts about the medical insurance, the passengers and crew of yachts or sailboats can write to the email seguros.marinas@ict.go.cr.

You get updated official information on the situation of COVID-19 in Costa Rica at the following links:

 

Ministry of Health:
https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1725-situacion-nacional-covid-19

 

Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT):
https://www.ict.go.cr/en/institutional-services/coronavirus-support-material-tourism-sector.html

 

Presidency of the Republic:
https://www.presidencia.go.cr/noticias/

 

Migration Office:
https://www.migracion.go.cr/

 

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
https://sjoairport.com/en

 

Daniel Oduber International Airport (Liberia International Airport):
https://lircr.com/en/