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COVID-19 - Costa Rica Testing Requirements & Paperwork

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

**Post updated as of October 15, 2020**

The following areas will be permitted access to Costa Rica as long as they follow all the requirements for entry: 

  • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.

  • CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit.

  • SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.

  • ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.

  • OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.

  • As of October 15, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming, California, Ohio, Texas, Florida and Georgia will be permitted.

  • As of November 1, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: All states from the United States will be allowed entry.

Please note that you must be residents of the above states, and not just departing from those states to be allowed entry into Costa Rica.

Requirements to enter Costa Rica:  

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr. Passengers will be required to present the QR code that is generated from completing the Health Pass up on arrival into Costa Rica.

  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.

  • Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.

  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS - Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor https://www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­.

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

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.

  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).

  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

For the full briefing on the entry requirements for Costa Rica, please click here.

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