COVID-19 Emergency: Entry requirements to Costa Rica

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. 2020 and applies to land, sea, and air arrivals.

 

Exceptions:

 

The following foreigners are allowed entry to Costa Rica:

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

- 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.

 

Exemptions applicable to a close relative of a Costa Rican National or legal resident in Costa Rica traveling from the United States:

 

The following foreigners are allowed entry to Costa Rica:

- 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 an original Birth Certificate. This exception is also applicable to those minors born out of a foreign resident in Costa Rica.

- Foreign nationals married to a Costa Rican national. They are required to show an original Marriage Certificate. This exception is also applicable to those foreigners married to a legal resident in Costa Rica.

- Foreign nationals who are parents of a Costa Rican minor (under the age of 18 years old). They must show an original Birth Certificate. This exception is also applicable to those minors born out of a legal resident in Costa Rica.

-Foreign nationals under the age of 18 years who are siblings of a Costa Rican national or permanent resident in Costa Rica. They are required to show an original Birth Certificate. This exception is applicable also to those siblings over 18 years old with disabilities.

The above-mentioned foreigners must comply with the following:

 

a) 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.tiendasagicor/en .

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

Please direct your inquiries to: seguros@ict.go.cr

 

b) To fill out the online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass). This form is available online at https://salud.go.cr/. In that same link visitors can purchase the required health insurance.

 

Important: All passengers arriving in Costa Rica from the US must comply with the 14-quarantine requirement instructed by the Immigration Office and the Ministry of Health. Those who comply with the entry requirements for tourists are exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

 

Entry requirements for tourists:

 

Only those foreigners traveling directly from the following countries are allowed to enter Costa Rica as tourists:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • The European Union Schengen Zone
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Jamaica
  • Asia:  Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China
  • Oceania: Australia and New Zealand

 

  • In order for them to enter, they must have remained at least 14 consecutive days in one of the above countries.

 

Travelers from the United States: Only those foreigners who are residents in one of the following States are permitted entry: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Distrito de Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nueva York, Nueva Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.  The outbound flight to Costa Rica must be initiated from one of the previous-mentioned States. Any layovers in other States should not exceed 12 hours and the visitor should not leave the airport during the layover.

  • These travelers are required to show a valid driver’s license or valid State Id from one of the above-mentioned States.

 

All travelers must comply with the following requirements:

 

a)     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.tiendasagicor/en .

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

Please direct your inquiries to: seguros@ict.go.cr

 

b)      COVID-19 negative test. The test's sample must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveling date to Costa Rica. Only those tests provided by laboratories authorized by the health authorities are accepted.  The only test that is accepted is the real-time polymerase chain reaction test, also called PCR-RT for COVID-19. Rapid test results, serological tests, or immunity tests will not be accepted. Children under the age of 12 years do not require the COVID-19 test.

 

c)       To fill out the online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass). This form is available online at https://salud.go.cr/. In that same link, visitors can purchase the required health insurance.

 

* Upon entry they are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement.

 

Costa Rican nationals returning to Costa Rica:

 

Only those Costa Ricans traveling directly from the following countries are exempted from the mandatory 14 day quarantine upon entry:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • The European Union Schengen Zone
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Jamaica
  • Asia:  Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China
  • Oceania: Australia and New Zealand

* To be exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement they must have remained at least 14 consecutive days in one of the above-mentioned countries.

 

Travelers from the United States: Only those Costa Rican nationals who are residents in one of the following States are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Distrito de Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nueva York, Nueva Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.  

 

The outbound flight to Costa Rica must be originated from one of the previous-mentioned States. Any layovers in other States should not exceed 12 hours and the visitor should not leave the airport during the layover.

 

In order to be exempt of the mandatory 14-day quarantine, they must provide a negative COVID-19 test. The test's sample must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveling date to Costa Rica. Only those tests provided by laboratories authorized by the health authorities are accepted.  The only test that is accepted is the real-time polymerase chain reaction test, also called PCR-RT for COVID-19. Rapid test results, serological tests, or immunity tests will not be accepted.

 

* All Costa Ricans without exception who return to the country must fill out the Health Pass available at the address https://salud.go.cr/ . They do not require purchasing a travel insurance.

 

All Costa Rican nationals are allowed to enter Costa Rica regardless if they provide a COVID-19 negative test. It is contrary to Constitutional dispositions to deny entry to Costa Rica to a Costa Rican National who is properly identified.

 

Foreigners who are legal residents in Costa Rica:

 

All foreigners with legal residence in Costa Rica (regardless if they left Costa Rica after March 24) can re-enter as long as they comply with the following requirements:

 

a)      They must show their residence card (DIMEX), which must be up to date. Those DIMEX with an expiration date after December 18th, 2019, are extended to January 11th  2021. Other legal residency cards with an expiration date after December 18th, 2019 are extended to January 11th  2021.

 

b)      All foreign residents must present documentation that proves they are up to date with all the social security payments in Costa Rica. To verify the status please check the following link: https://sfa.ccss.sa.cr/servMedicos/validarDerechos.do . In case they are unable to update their social security payments in Costa Rica, they must provide national or international travel insurance that is required for tourists.

 

 

c)       To fill out the online form called “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass). This form is available online at https://salud.go.cr/. In that same link, visitors can purchase the required health insurance

 

Note: Upon entry, these travelers are exempt from the mandatory quarantine if they comply with the requirements established for tourists.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

 

Suspension of visas service: No visas of any type will be granted before February 8th 2021.

 

Stay extension: Those foreigners that entered Costa Rica as a tourist after December 17th, 2019 and before October 31st can remain in the country until March 2, 2021.

 

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:

-          Brazil.

-          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.

 

Entering 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 Center for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) guidance and States’ requirements. Passengers might be asked to immediately home-quarantine for 14 days upon reaching their final destination. For more information please verify the States entry requirements. For further information please inquiry with the US Embassy or the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html