International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Allowed

Entry into Costa Rica From El Salvador is Allowed with Additional Requirements

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Travelers are allowed to enter Costa Rica by air. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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Costa Rican Tourism
Start Date
11/1/2020
Changed
7/29/2021

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form

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Description

Travelers are required to fill out an Epidemiological Health Pass Form before departure to Costa Rica. This pass will be available 72 hours before arrival. An individual form must be completed for every person, including minors.

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Costa Rican Tourism
Start Date
8/1/2020
Changed
7/29/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory travel insurance

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Description

International travelers are required to have proof of international travel insurance or travel insurance purchased in Costa Rica.

Permanent or temporary residents of Costa Rica must demonstrate their Costa Rican social security insurance is up to date. Please see the source for more details.

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For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following 3 conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica;
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with COVID-19 while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000;
  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

National insurances meet all the requirements to have coverage of medical expenses for illness.

This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 18.
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Costa Rican Tourism
Start Date
8/1/2020
Changed
7/30/2021

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public places

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Description

Travelers must wear masks in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home. The use of masks is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation.

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Costa Rican Tourism
Start Date
9/29/2020
Changed
7/29/2021

COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Costa Rica.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
216.97
Increased by-40.21
at 7/29/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
15.80%
Decreased by1.90%
at 7/27/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
46.18%
Increased by7.26%
at 7/26/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
2,352,430
Increased by369,978
at 7/26/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.99
Increased by-0.01
at 7/27/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

A phased re-opening is in progress in Costa Rica and guidance may vary between regions. Further restrictions remain in place for high-risk areas. A full breakdown of the current reopening phases across Costa Rica can be found, only in Spanish, at https://covid19.go.cr/
Last Checked
7/28/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Required
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Face masks are required in enclosed spaces, public transport, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with capacity limited to available seating. Vehicular restrictions are in place based on the last number of the license plate.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open in low-risk areas with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing with adapted safety measures in place. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.

Bars

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Restrictions in place
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Bars are allowed to open if they have been granted a sanitary operating permit with adapted safety measures in place. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.

Nightclubs

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Closed
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Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
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Restrictions in place
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Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.

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