Frequently asked questions when traveling to Costa Rica, in times of COVID-19

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However, we know that there are many doubts regarding COVID-19. For CRS Tours, the objective is for our travelers to enjoy their vacation in Costa Rica, in a comfortable, but above all, very safe environment.

It is for this reason that today we share some of the frequent questions with you that we have received in recent days. Some of them are very important to take into account when traveling to Costa Rica

ABOUT ENTERING THE COUNTRY

Is the entry of tourists to Costa Rica allowed?

Entry is allowed.

As of November 1: Costa Rica re-enables its air border to all countries in the world as long as they meet the visa requirements when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic. Beginning on October 26, arriving visitors will no longer need to show proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test result

What documents must be presented when entering the country?

  1. Demonstrate that you have travel insurance, it can be from one of the insurers supervised by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica or an international insurance endorsed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.
  2. Obtain travel insurance. This can be either a pre-approved Costa Rican policy from INS or Sagicor, or an international policy that covers COVID-19 medical expenses of at least $50,000 and $2,000 for lodging. At CRS Tours we can also comfortably and without any difficulty include travel insurance for all our travelers at an additional price, just ask us for more information. At CRS Tours we can provide you with an international policy that meets all requierements.
  3. Complete the digital form called Health Pass. It is available at the following address:  https://salud.go.cr/.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica can now submit the required travel insurance information via the online epidemiological form, the Tourism Board (ICT)

Everyone entering Costa Rica during the pandemic must complete the online Health Pass epidemiological form, which has been improved for tourists.

In the insurance section, tourists can include their INS or SAGICOR policy number, if applicable. If the visitor has a foreign policy, they must upload a PDF for validation.

If the tourist meets all entry requirements, the Health Pass generates a green code for the visitor to show Immigration Police. It displays a purple code if an ICT member has to manually validate documents, and a red code if certain requirements are not met.

The ICT will continue face-to-face assistance at Costa Rica’s airports, particularly “for the verification of health insurance requirements and [to verify] the residence of travelers who come from the United States.”

(During the transition to this new workflow, we at CRS Tours highly recommend that arriving tourists continue to bring paper copies of all documents.)

ABOUT THE QUARANTINE

Are tourists entering Costa Rica required to quarantine themselves?

No

  • Tourists arriving from permitted destinations that meet the three entry requirements should not be quarantined.
  • In the event that any tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip to Costa Rica, they will receive a quarantine order upon arrival.

RESTRICTIONS WITHIN THE COUNTRY FOR COVID-19

A slightly stricter vehicular restriction will apply from January 4-31 as follows:

Monday to Friday: The nighttime vehicular restriction will remain from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: The nighttime vehicular restriction will be from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. In addition:

Saturdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 cannot drive.

Sundays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 cannot drive.

The typical list of exceptions, which includes rental vehicles, still applies, and public transportation can operate normally.

Is there a curfew or restrictions at night?

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) announces updates regarding driving restrictions, as well as the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?

No,

there are no restrictions for intercity or interstate travel; however, national driving restrictions based on license plate number per day are in effect.

COVID Test to Enter US after your vacation in Costa Rica: What You Need to Know in Costa Rica

IMPORTANT: This post is intended to help people who need a Covid-19 test for purposes of travel. As such, it covers private testing options. If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid , call the government hotline at 1322 for help. They will help you find the nearest testing facility. English-speaking operators are available.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that from January 26, 2021, all travelers flying into the United States ( also US citizens )  will need to present a negative COVID-19 test to board their plane.  Airline crew, military personnel, and travelers under the age of two are the only groups exempt.

What type of test will I need to travel to the United States?

The CDC says you’ll need a viral test to board a plane to the United States. There are two types of test available, viral and antibody. A viral test tells you if you’re currently infected with COVID and an antibody test tells you if you used to be infected.

For this ruling, airlines will insist on a viral test, taken within three days before their flight to the United States departs. Viral tests themselves come in two types, the PCR tests and the rapid antigen tests. The CDC will accept both for travel to the United States.

What about if I’ve already had COVID or if I’m vaccinated?

In its release, the CDC said, “Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.”

The clear implication here is that if you’ve already had COVID and recovered (and can prove it in writing), you don’t need the test.

But if you’ve been vaccinated, that doesn’t count. Vaccinated travelers will still need to get a test to travel to the United States.

Covid Testing Options in Costa Rica

Some private hospitals, clinics, and labs can do Covid testing. Currently, they all perform the RT-PCR test (deep nasal swab) and can guarantee results in 24-72 hours.

The current test, the RT-PCR, is a NAAT test so it meets US, Canadian, and UK requirements.

Test Cost

Prices are currently around 59,000-80,000 colones or $100-$130, plus tax. Some facilities in rural areas charge more.

Private Hospitals

CIMA and Clinica Biblica – San Jose Area

Two private hospitals near San Jose that offer the test are Hospital CIMA in Escazu and Clinica Biblica in downtown San Jose and Santa Ana. CIMA and the Clinica Biblica in Santa Ana are about 30 minutes from the airport, with traffic.

For information on the costs and process, as well as for information on other areas where you can be tested, when you can be tested, at what price etc. our travel advisers are happy to assist you!

Do you have other questions?

Travel to Costa Rica. You can write to us to make your query, the CRS Tours team will be happy to answer your questions and make your trip to Costa Rica an unforgettable experience!

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