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COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus Covid-19 Costa Rica News

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information

 Last updated: 27/10/2021 

Entry requirements in times of a COVID-19 pandemic:

The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea.

The tourist must meet the visa requirements, when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

Those who enter the country by sea and who have not made a stopover elsewhere, should not be subjected to isolation if they have been sailing for more than 14 days.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

*Important Update* Starting 8 January 2022 hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gymnasiums, resorts, and adventure tourism may admit only persons who are verifiably fully-vaccinated (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca y Janssen). This must be verified by means of a QR code or the printed vaccination certificate. This requirement applies to all patrons 12 years of age and older.

Essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will not require proof of vaccination.

Exceptions to the presentation of the QR code of the vaccination certificate to enter commercial establishments are as follows:

  1. Children under 12 years of age.
  2. Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that makes it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.

Country entry requirements

Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link:  https://migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx.

The CIRCULAR DG-004-2021-UI-AJ that details the countries in the first, second, third and fourth groups is available at:

https://migracion.go.cr/Documentos%20compartidos/Circulares%20y%20Directrices/2021/DIRECTRICES%20GENERALES%20DE%20INGRESO%20Circular%20DG-004-2021-UI-AJFEB%202021.pdf

In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:

1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr

The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

2. Travel policy

From August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

  1. Name of the person who received the vaccine
  2. Date of each dose
  3. Pharmaceutical house

In the case of U.S. travelers, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

*Important Update* All tourists under 18 years of age may enter the country without a travel policy.

Unvaccinated tourists 18 years of age and older must purchase a travel policy that covers COVID-19 care and quarantine if necessary.

However, unvaccinated tourists 12 years and older will not be allowed to enter commercial establishments as of January 8, 2022.

The requirement of being fully-vaccinated to enter commercial establishments, except for stated exceptions, DOES NOT PREVENT tourists without vaccination, with incomplete vaccination schedules or inoculated with vaccines not admitted in Costa Rica, from entering the country to visit family, friends or their properties in the country.

All tourists must complete the Health Pass.

Exceptions to the presentation of the QR code of the vaccination certificate to enter commercial establishments are as follows:

  1. Children under 12 years of age.
  2. Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that makes it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.

For those who apply, mandatory travel insurance must cover lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.

International Policies

Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:

1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).

2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.

3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:

1. Name of the person traveling.

2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).

3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000

4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.

Costa Rican policies

The tourist can also choose any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica.

INS: https://www.grupoins.com/seguros-para-viajero/seguro-viajero-ingreso-costa-rica/

Sagicor: https://tiendasagicor.com/en/

BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod

Also at CRS Tours we are able to include Insurance for you together with your travel package that covers all requirements, please ask us for more information.

IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.

Tourists who are in transit through the country must purchase insurance with a minimum coverage of five days.

Costa Rican citizens do not require health insurance.

Tourists are requested and warned not to attach unsolicited personal documents, such as copies of credit cards, keys or private passwords or others in the link of the Health Pass: https://salud.go.cr nor in an email to seguros@ict.go.cr. Reminder that only a copy of the insurance policies should be attached.

  • COVID-19 Testing:
  • Are PCR tests available in Costa Rica? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
    • Results for COVID 19 tests conducted in San Jose and the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) are generally available within 24-48 hours. Tests conducted outside of the GAM, including in remote and costal locations, may take longer to process.  It is important to ask the testing facility for the expected date of results when scheduling an appointment.
  • Testing is available at medical facilities across Costa Rica.  Follow this link for a complete list of properly licenses testing locations.
  • Hospital Metropolitano, Clinica Biblica, Laboratorio Echandi and a growing number of private laboratories on the list of government approved labs are now offering Covid-19 antigen tests for travelers.  Proof of international travel is required.  The results of these tests are available within a few hours.  Customers must check with individual labs for testing availability, pricing and length of time for a result.
  • Laboratorio Echandi is offering COVID-19 rapid antigen testing onsite at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose and Daniel Obuder Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR). Passengers should plan to arrive at least four hours prior to their flights and must present airline tickets at the time of testing. Follow this link for additional information.
  • Test results are generally delivered via email.
  • Testing is paid for by the individual.
  • While most testing locations do not require a doctor’s referral, many do require an appointment.  Most locations accept appointments via telephone.
  • Please note the Ministry of Health will issue a 10–14-day sanitary quarantine order to any person receiving a positive COVID-19 test.  The Ministry of Health has stated this order cannot be appealed, even if subsequent test results taken during the 10–14-day mandatory quarantine are negative for COVID-19.
  • Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health recommends travelers consider testing needs when planning travel and make appointments for testing immediately upon arrival in Costa Rica.
  • Airlines will review COVID-19 test results for passengers either during the airline security question process or when they speak to an agent at the counter.  Passengers attempting to leave Costa Rica without valid proof of negative COVID-19 test results or documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel will not be allowed to board the plane. (Please note that most U.S. airlines require a person receiving a positive CV-19 test result to undergo a 14-day quarantine prior to boarding an airline in accordance with CDC guidelines).        
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry into Costa Rica? No 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Travelers entering Costa Rica are required to fill out digital epidemiological forms, which are available in multiple languages.  Any arrival displaying COVID-19 related symptoms will be tested at the airport.  The Ministry of Health will follow up with all quarantining individuals.Quarantine Information:
  • Are visitors required to quarantine? No
    • If any tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip to Costa Rica, they will receive a sanitary quarantine order upon arrival.
    • Tourists testing positive for COVID-19 while in Costa Rica will be issued a sanitary quarantine order.
    • Sanitary quarantine orders will be issued from 10 to 14 days depending on the severity of the infection.  Tourists who are issued a sanitary order must secure lodging for the duration of the quarantine.
    • The Ministry of Health has stated this sanitary order cannot be appealed, even if subsequent test results taken during the 10–14-day mandatory quarantine are negative for COVID-19.
    • Please note that most U.S. airlines require a person receiving a positive CV-19 test result to undergo a 14-day quarantine prior to boarding an airline in accordance with CDC guidelines.
    • Tourists complying with a valid sanitary order will not be penalized for overstaying their visa.

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