Thanks to the ever-declining number of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions in the country, these are the current COVID 19 measures:
Vehicle Restriction for the whole country
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
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:
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 you can provide physical or digital proof of your full vaccination schedule endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), equal to or more than 14 days after the last dose.
If the traveler passed through an at-risk country within the last 15 days, the traveler will be subjected to a mandatory 72-hour quarantine in some approved hotels (see more information here). At the end of this period, a PCR or antigen test must be performed. If the traveler did not pass through an at-risk country, must enter with a negative PCR or antigen test result no more than 72 hours before entry. If testing is not possible within this timeframe, a rapid COVID-19 test will be required at the airport before entering customs. The cost of this test ($50.00) must be covered by the traveler. In case of a positive result, the traveler will be subjected to a mandatory 10-day quarantine in a hotel or hospital designated by the Panamanian Ministry of Health. The cost of the stay must be covered in full by the traveler.
At land borders there are no options for COVID testing or quarantine hotels. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in denial of entry to Panama.
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?
The following airlines resume flights to Costa Rica:
We´re looking forward to see you in Costa Rica!
Your ARA Tours team
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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