Planning to travel to Costa Rica? These are some requirements that are very important.

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Costa Rica is a paradise of rest and balance between nature, mind, body. That is why it is very likely that if you are planning to travel, we recommend you visit this wonderful place.

At CRS Tours, we are experts in Costa Rica vacation packages, we create unique experiences for the traveler and we make sure that you enjoy and return to your country satisfied and wishing to return asap!

Today we want to share some recommendations with you that you should take into account if your plan is a trip to Costa Rica soon. Although it is true that the country has already opened its borders, there are a series of tips and requirements that the visitor should not miss. Here we share the most important ones.

For the most up  to date information on entry requirements for Costa Rica please click here.

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.

On November 8, 2021, non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. There will be very limited exceptions to this vaccination requirement for certain non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants, including children under the age of 18.

Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before they board their flight to the United States. For passengers who are not fully vaccinated, the rules will tighten to require a test taken no more than one day before departing to the United States.

All air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide basic contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States.

These travel requirements will be effective for air travel to the United States from any foreign country at or after 12:01AM ET on November 8, 2021.

Further guidance on the very limited exceptions to these vaccination requirements, what constitutes acceptable proof of vaccination, and other operational details are available on CDC’s website.

Per The New York Times: The U.S. will recognize any Covid-19 vaccine cleared by the United States or the World Health Organization, including mixed vaccinations. Digital or print proof of vaccination status will be required.

Some of the exceptions to the U.S. vaccine requirement include children and those coming from countries where vaccines aren’t widely 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 not forget the essential requirements that Costa Rica requests for your entry.

In order to allow tourists to enter national soil, complete the epidemiological digital form of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, which will be enabled in different languages, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses for acute illness. For more details click here.

Wear your mask at all times.

When entering national soil, the traveler must wear a mask. In addition, we have a strict protocol at the air terminal, such as respecting physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, taking temperatures and following any other health instructions.

Regarding the beaches and tours.

With regard to tours, the operation of tours with outdoor activities has already been enabled, among which are walks, hiking, canopy, cable cars, raft rides, water recreational activities and aerial recreational activities, all under strict compliance with health protocols.

General protection measures against COVID-19 when visiting our country.

Below we detail the main aspects that you should take into account when going out and doing activities on your trip to Costa Rica.

  1. Interpersonal distancing of approximately two meters or other barrier measures and the use of a mask, when this distance cannot be maintained.
  2. Hand washing with soap and water and, failing these, with a hydroalcoholic solution. – Hand hygiene is the simplest and most effective measure to prevent the transmission of microorganisms, including Covid-19
  3. Periodic cleaning and disinfection of objects for personal use such as: glasses, mobile phones, keyboards, mice, cards, etc.
  4. Preventive measures to be adopted in common areas, such as: adequate ventilation, daily cleaning of frequent contact surfaces or the use of single-use gloves.

Enjoy Costa Rica in a safe and healthy environment, follow our recommendations and take care of yourself and your loved ones during your trip. At CRS Tours, our goal is for you to enjoy unforgettable experiences in Costa Rica and return very satisfied to your country with unforgettable memories.

Do not hesitate to contact our tourism experts to request more information and answer your questions.

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