1. To enter Costa Rica, an online Health Pass must be completed before departure.
2. Comply with one of the following options
OPTION 1 - COMPLETE VACCINATION SCHEME
Have the complete scheme of vaccines authorized by the Government of Costa Rica, whose date of the last dose may not be less than 14 days prior to your trip to Costa Rica.
The list of authorized vaccines are:
This will be demonstrated by the corresponding vaccination certificate, added to the Health Pass.
The combination of vaccine brands are allowed, as long as they (if two doses are required) are within the authorized brands.
Children under 18 years of age, vaccinated or not, do not need special insurance to enter. Of course, we still recommend taking out travel insurance to cover you financially in case of illness or accident.
As of 1 December, 2021 some establishments such as hotels, adventure tourism activities, restaurants, bars and casinos, shops and shopping centres, museums, event halls, gyms, theatres, cinemas, sporting events, churches and mass activities may choose to voluntarily request the COVID-19 vaccination QR code from their customers in order to expand their capacity. This certification requirement for entry to businesses is separate from the requirements for entry into the country. More detail on this new policy is provided in section 4.
OPTION 2 - INSURANCE POLICY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19
All those who do not have the complete vaccination schedule, must have a mandatory travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses in case of Covid-19 disease.
Proof of travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of USD 50,000 for medical expenses in case of Covid-19 disease, as well as USD 2,000 coverage for any quarantine costs, must be attached to the Health Pass.
If the customer's insurance does not meet the required coverage for medical costs, the customer can buy a recommended international insurance: TRAWICK International or a Costa Rican insurance under one of the following two links: https://cotiza.ins-cr.com/frmDatosIncluir.aspx?P=431or
https://tiendasagicor.com/en/, and upload the receipt in the health form. For more information click here.
3. A negative PCR test is NOT REQUIRED.
4. From 01 December 2021, and until 7 March 2022, commercial establishments such as hotels, adventure tourism activities, restaurants, bars and casinos, shops and shopping centres, museums, event halls, gyms, theatres, cinemas, sporting events, churches and mass activities may choose to voluntarily request the COVID-19 vaccination QR code from their customers in order to expand their capacity. Commercial establishments that do not request the vaccination QR code from their patrons should operate under limited seating and spacing measures. Vaccination will not be required to enter supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals, banks and other services considered essential.
Tourists over 12 years of age must present a QR code obtained from the Health Pass (the same one they used when entering the country) proving their complete vaccination schedule in order to be able to enter the above-mentioned businesses that voluntarily request it.
The same QR code can be presented on the smartphone or printed out and will be scanned by the establishment.
The vaccination schedule must be complete and at least 14 days prior to entry into the country. The vaccines accepted are the same as those mentioned in point 2 for entry into the country.
The certification requirement to enter the shops is independent of the requirements to enter the country. This means that NON-vaccinated persons can still enter the country, but their travel experience will be extremely limited. In a transitional phase until 7 January, businesses may decide to operate at only 50% capacity and receive unvaccinated guests. But in view of the good booking situation, almost no tourist establishment will do so. From 8 January there will be no more exceptions.
Tourists who have been recovered from COVID 19 must be vaccinated at least once. The certificate must make it clear that the vaccination schedule is thus complete (1/1 dose).
Exempted from providing evidence of vaccination are all persons under 12 years of age and all persons with a duly accredited medical condition that makes it impossible for them to be vaccinated.
5. All nationalities can enter through the international airports of San Jose and Liberia.
Information on the covid-19 test infrastructure in Costa Rica
Some countries require negative Covid-19 tests again for entry.
Costa Rica has a very good test infrastructure and it is possible to get the result on time without any problems almost anywhere in the country. Appointments can be booked online with the two leading laboratory chains. Both are also represented at the airports of San José and Liberia, or in the immediate vicinity:
* If the sample is taken on Sunday, the result will be delivered within a maximum of 48 hours
Warning: not all countries accept antigen tests. Please inform yourself accordingly.
Further laboratories across the country can be found under this link
ARA Tours naturally supports customers who need help. For tips and information on where you can best get tested, feel free to contact our Customer Experience Team, via Whatsapp to 8893-3863.
Entering Costa Rica by land
Since April 5, 2021 the land borders with Nicaragua and Panama are open, the requirements for entry through the land borders are identical to the requirements for entry through the airports so it is necessary to fill out the Health Pass online and prove insurance in case you do not comply with your full vaccination schedule.
The following are the requirements for entry into our neighboring countries:
Entry requirements for travelers who have been in Costa Rica during the last 15 days:
They are required to present to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama. If the test if not possible within that time frame, a COVID 19 rapid test will be required at the airport before entering customs. The traveller will have to cover the cost of this test ($50.00).
In case of a positive result, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Hotel Hospital designated by the Ministry of Health. The cost of the stay must be fully covered by the traveler.
For unvaccinated travelers or travelers without a complete vaccination scheme, if the results are negative, the traveler will be placed under a mandatory 72-hour quarantine at certain authorized hotels (see more information here), and at the end of this period, another PCR or antigen test must be taken.
All vaccinated travelers will be exempt from presenting a negative COVID 19 test to enter Panama and from doing the mandatory 72-hour quarantine as long as they can provide physical or digital proof of their full vaccination scheme endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.
Safety while traveling
Thanks to the country's robust health system and progress in the vaccination process, the COVID-19 situation in Costa Rica is under control and the process of vaccinating the population continues to be successful.
Costa Rica is a good destination for travel during the pandemic if known hygiene protocols are followed. These protocols are strictly applied in all tourist sites in the country and results show that they are working properly.
Why you should visit Costa Rica?
Sanitary measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 by the Government of Costa Rica
Vehicle Restriction for the whole country
January 24th to February 15th 2022
There is a list of exceptions in which vehicles that are required for different activities are not required to comply with the vehicle restriction measures. Rental vehicles or "rent a car" are part of this list of exceptions as long as the appropriate proof of reservation is presented.
The following airlines resume flights to Costa Rica:
Your ARA Tours team
To enter Costa Rica you must prove to have an insurance that fulfills as least the following conditions:
If your international insurance fulfills these conditions, you must send proving documents before your trip.
There is now an international travel insurance that covers medical costs - specifically also in the case of COVID - up to $50,000 and possible quarantine costs up to $2,000. Trawick International offers an attractive price, and both coverages are confirmed in one insurance certificate in English.
Also, there are two local approved companies in Costa Rica that fulfill the conditions of the insurance coverage:
Private insurance: Sagicor Costa Rica:https://tiendasagicor.com/
State insurance: Instituto Costarricense de Seguros INS: https://cotiza.ins-cr.com/frmDatosIncluir.aspx?P=431
Please be advised that the state insurance INS has extremely high prices and we, therefore, suggest buying the option of Sagicor or even better Trawick International.
Guests must apply to their international insurer for a certification issued in English or Spanish, stating at least these three conditions.
The Costa Rican Tourism Board is responsible for verifying compliance with the established requirements. The verification mechanism will be digital. While the platform is being set up, the Costa Rican Tourism Board will personally attend to the cases of tourists with international coverage at the airport to verify the documentation.
Do you need a PCR or antigen test before returning to your home country?
ARA Tours is glad to assist our customers coordinate their test according to their travel itinerary. Just ask your Customer Experience Team or write us to our Whatsapp on +506 8893 38 63.
Currently, the following test locations are available:
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San José, Costa Rica
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