COVID-19 Useful Information to travel to Costa Rica
Costa Rica Entry Requirements for Tourists
IMPORTANT: Costa Rica no longer requires a negative Covid test to enter.
Costa Rica does not require tourists to quarantine upon entering the country.
1) Complete an Online Epidemiological Form (Health Pass)
The form can only be filled out within 72 hours of your flight, not sooner.
This short form called the Health Pass (found here) asks for personal information like your name, age, nationality, passport number, and flight details. You will also need to provide your hotel/accommodations in Costa Rica.
If you need to show Covid travel insurance because you are not vaccinated, you will need to indicate if you are using one of the Costa Rican companies or an international provider. If an international provider, you also will need to upload your policy certificate to show it meets Costa Rica’s requirements.
If you are fully vaccinated and not getting Covid travel insurance, you will upload your vaccination card or certificate.
Note: If you are vaccinated and the Health Pass is still asking for proof of insurance, select International Insurance and upload your vaccination card.
The Health Pass ends with making you agree to declarations.
A QR code then will be generated, which you can show on your mobile phone.
English Language Option: The Health Pass defaults to Spanish, but there is an option at the top right to change to English.
The form only works 72 hours or less before your flight. You can’t fill it out sooner than that. If you are within the 72 hours, the problem may be your web browser. Some people have reported problems when using Chrome. Microsoft Edge seems to work without any glitches.
2) Get a Travel Insurance Policy if You Are Not Fully Vaccinated
Visitors must purchase travel insurance for the duration of their stay to cover their expenses in case they get Covid-19. The insurance must cover medical expenses and accommodation expenses for 14 days of quarantine.
You have two options for the insurance. One is to purchase it directly through a provider in Costa Rica. These have been preapproved by the Costa Rican government to offer Covid-19 insurance, so these policies will be automatically accepted.
Alternatively, you can buy insurance that meets the requirements through an international insurer of your choice.
For coverage amounts, $20,000 USD in Covid-19 medical coverage is required if you use a Costa Rican insurance company. If you use an international insurance company instead, the minimum amount is $50,000 USD. Accommodation coverage in case of quarantine is the same no matter which coverage you choose ($2,000 USD).
FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELERS AND MINORS: On July 9, 2021, the Costa Rican government announced that fully vaccinated travelers and all minors (under 18) do not need to show Covid travel insurance as of August 1.
Here is a list of international insurance options.
Trawick International is the most popular because of their affordable rates. Many people have told us their policy was easily accepted when entering Costa Rica. Trawick offers the Safe Travels Voyager plan for US residents. The mandatory $2,000 accommodation coverage is included under Trip Delay.
Recently, Trawick added two plans for travelers from other countries (outside the US). These plans meet Costa Rica’s requirements as well. They are the Safe Travels International plan and Safe Travels International Cost Saver plan.
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that these insurance companies/policies have not been preapproved by the Costa Rican government. So, you will still need to upload them for approval as part of the Health Pass.
We also cannot vouch for the companies in general, as we have not used them before ourselves. So, you will need to do your own due diligence to make sure that the specific policy you’re buying meets the requirements and you are comfortable. Make sure they cover $50,000 in medical expenses for Covid-19 and $2,000 in accommodations due to quarantine.
After you complete the Health Pass, it will automatically generate a QR code that you can show Immigration when you check in for your flight.
3) Show Proof of Vaccination if Fully Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, starting on August 1, 2021, you do not need to show Covid travel insurance to enter Costa Rica, provided you meet certain requirements.
You need to show proof of vaccination (a record or vaccination card) with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, or Johnson and Johnson. These are the only approved vaccines.
The document/vaccination card must include:
- Your full name
- Date you received each dose. *The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel.
- Formula (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, or Johnson and Johnson)
You will still need to fill out the online health pass.
You will upload your vaccination card or vaccination certificate to the health pass in advance. You will not need to show a hard copy.
Minors: All children under 18 do not need to show Covid travel insurance to enter Costa Rica starting on August 1.
The USA Government requests:
To enter the US, you will need a negative Covid Test, 72 hours before your departure to the US even though you have the covid vaccine.
We will coordinate your appointment for Covid Test, and our driver will take you to the Clinical Laboratory.
The approximate cost of the covid test in Costa Rica for a PCR test is approximately $95 - $100, and for antigen test, approx $50 - $60.
One of our drivers will help you to receive your Covid-19 Test 72 hours before your departure to USA.
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