Costa Rica opened their borders back on August 2. Please keep in mind that Costa Rica is not coronavirus free but has implemented many safety protocols specifically for tourists and are happily welcoming tourists back. Also, please be respectful of all laws, and regulations that Costa Rica has placed, regardless if you agree with them or not. As a guest in another country, it is necessary to follow regulations and be responsible travelers and tourists, especially during a pandemic.
Costa Rica COVID entry requirements are that every tourist must complete a health pass and purchase a travel insurance that covers a minimum of $50,000 USD for medical expenses and a minimum of $2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses.**As of October 26th, Costa Rica NO longer requires the 72 hour COVID-19 test result for tourists. This requirement has been removed. Tourists do not need to quarantine in Costa Rica. **Currently, Costa Rica is not requiring tourists to get vaccinated to enter the country. Likewise, they are not planning to remove the insurance requirement for those who have been vaccinated. Tourists must also comply with social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing, having their temperature taken and wearing the face masks as part of the requirements.
The health will be available for tourists to fill out 48 hours prior to their flight. When you fill out the health pass, it will present you an option to purchase health insurance through the pre-approved Costa Rican companies if you haven’t already. Once you finish filling the health pass, you will be given a QR code that Costa Rica will require at immigration. The Costa Rican immigration official will scan the QR code as it will have all your ID and insurance information.Please note that ALL passengers must fill out the health pass: tourists, residents and citizens.
Many countries now require a COVID test to enter. Check with your local authorities.
The US requires a COVID test within 3 days of the flight and if you don’t present a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery if you already had COVID, the airlines won’t let you board. Antibody tests are not accepted. It must be a viral test (PCR or antigen). For proof of recovery, it must be documentation of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your doctor or a public health official declaring you are clear to travel.
Remember, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or been directly exposed in Costa Rica, call 1322 which is the government COVID-19 hotline (English available). They will direct you to a testing facility to get tested free of charge.
The reference prices for PCR tests are USD $100 at laboratories in the San Jose and USD $150 outside of the GAM. (We have a lab 3 blocks from Casa Alma!) The antigen tests are less expensive and the results are returned faster. For PCR tests, authorized labs will typically take less than 24 hours to deliver the results. The results of antigen tests will be delivered within a couple of hours after the sample has been analyzed. Results will be sent to the email provided by the traveller, who may show the airline a print-out or electronic copy.
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