TRAVEL WARNING DUE TO COVID-19

 

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.

 

Update: As of August 1st , 2020, only those visitors (regardless of their nationality) traveling to Costa Rica by air and from the following countries are permitted entry: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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

 

Exceptions: Apart from Costa Rican nationals, legal residents in Costa Rica, and visitors traveling directly from the above-mentioned countries, the following travelers are permitted entering 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.

- 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 be accompanied by his/her Costa Rican spouse and are required to show an original Marriage Certificate.

- Foreign nationals who are parents of Costa Rican minors (under the age of 18 years old). They must be accompanied by their Costa Rican children and must show an original Birth Certificate.

 

Entry requirements:

 

- For tourists: They must meet the following three requirements:

 

a) Travel insurance that covers medical expenses of at least US $ 20,000 (twenty thousand US dollars) and isolation and/or accommodation expenses of at least US $ 4,000 (four thousand US dollars). This insurance must cover all possible medical expenses in case of COVID-19 contagion and must be purchased from an authorized travel insurance agency registered in Costa Rica. Only travel insurance offered by the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute (INS) is accepted: https://cotiza.ins-cr.com/frmDatosIncluir.aspx?P=431

 

b) COVID-19 negative test. The test's sample must be taken within 48 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. The test result must be in English or Spanish. The RT-PCR test is required for all travelers older than 12 years older.

 

c) To Complete 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.

 

-For Costa Rican nationals and legal residents in Costa Rica: They are required only to complete the Health Pass available at https://salud.go.cr/. Costa Ricans nationals and legal residents of Costa Rica must not purchase the travel insurance.

 

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

 

No visas: No visas of any type will be granted before September 18th, 2020.

 

Foreigners with a legal residence in Costa Rica: As of August 1, 2020, all foreigners with legal residence in Costa Rica (regardless of their nationality) who left Costa Rica after March 24 can re-enter only if they are traveling directly from the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

* In order for them to enter, they must have remained at least 14 consecutive days in one of the above-mentioned countries and must comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

 

Stay extension: Those foreigners that entered Costa Rica as a tourist after December 17th, 2019 are allowed to remain in the country until November 18th, 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:

 

  • 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, all passengers will be asked to immediately home-quarantine for 14 days upon reaching their final destination.