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 March 18th, at 11:59 p.m. through June 15th 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 July 18th, 2020.


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


Travelers prohibited from entry to the United States:

To slow the spread of COVID-19 into the United States, the US government proclaimed that foreign nationals who have visited one of the following countries in the past 14 days cannot enter the United States:

  • China.
  • Iran.
  • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City).
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland).
  • Republic of Ireland.

Foreigners resident in Costa Rica:

All foreigners residing in Costa Rica who left Costa Rica on or after March 24 - or who will leave Costa Rica during the travel restriction - cannot re-enter Costa Rica while the current restriction is in force.


Entry to the United States:

All passengers arriving in the United States by air and after passing through immigration, they will continue to enhanced entry screening where they will be queried about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information to be passed on to local health authorities. In some cases, entry screening may include thermal temperature checks; however, passengers are not currently being tested for COVID-19 at U.S. points of entry.

Following such screening, passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to their destination. In accordance with Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) guidance, all passengers will be asked to immediately home-quarantine for 14 days upon reaching their final destination.