Entry restriction: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Government of Costa Rica has restricted all entries to the country. Only Costa Rican nationals and foreign nationals with a legal residence in Costa Rica will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.


This restriction is effective from Wednesday, March 18th, at 11:59 p.m. through Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m. and applies to land, sea, and air arrivals.


Besides Costa Rican nationals and legal residents, the following travelers are exempt from this restriction; therefore, they are permitted to enter Costa Rica:


- Air crews and all personnel related to commerce and goods supply.

- Foreign nationals admitted in Costa Rica whose residency permit is pending of approval (permanent, temporary and special categories). The foreigner must prove that has an open case with the Immigration Office of Costa Rica.

- Diplomatic and consular officers (and their family) of foreign embassies and missions duly accredited in Costa Rica.

- International crew members related to air, sea and land transportation.

- Foreigners in transit to other destinations outside Costa Rica. They will be permitted to remain only in their respective boarding lounges.

- Foreign minors born out of Costa Rican parents who travel with one or both Costa Rican parents, even if they are not registered as Costa Rican nationals or are in the process of such registration. It is mandatory for them to be properly identified with a valid passport and a Birth Certificate.

- Foreign nationals married to Costa Rican nationals. They must show an original Marriage Certificate.

- Foreign nationals who are parents of Costa Rican minors. They must present an original Birth Certificate.


Mandatory quarantine: As of March 16, anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days subjected to monitoring by the Immigration Office and the Ministry of Health


No visas: No tourist visas will be granted before May 17th, 2020.


Stay extension: Those foreigners that entered Costa Rica as a tourist after December 17th, 2019 are allowed to remain in the country until May 17, 2020.