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.
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. All nationalities can enter through the international airports of San Jose and Liberia.
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.
COVID test in Costa Rica prior to return
Some countries currently require a negative COVID-19 test to enter your country of origin from Costa Rica. We recommend that you first obtain detailed information about the entry requirements of the country of entry, in order to ensure that you arrive to your destination without any mishap. Remember, the test must be taken no more than 72 hours before leaving the country. To request an appointment for both types of tests, please contact your Customer Experience Team or write a message via Whatsapp to 8893-3863 and we will gladly arrange the appointment for your clients.
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
October and November, 2021
Vehicle Restriction for the whole country
From October 16 to 31
Throughout the country the sanitary vehicle restriction will continue according to the day and the last digit of the license plate. Can not circulate license plates ending in:
The time allowed to circulate is between 5:00 and 22:00. From 22:00 to 5:00 no traffic will be allowed, except for the established exceptions.
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:
We’re glad to help you!
Apdo 799 – 1007
San José, Costa Rica
Licenced by the Costa Rican Tourist Board: Lic ICT OT 294
Liability insurance: Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS) Coverage: Territory of the Republic of Costa Rica