Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Costa Rica during COVID-19 in 2021

While travel to many countries has been restricted during the last year, Costa Rica opened its borders to all visitors in late 2020.

The land borders reopened to arriving tourists on April 5, 2021.

We think Costa Rica has done a wonderful job of educating the public about COVID-19 safety measures, and while there are some restrictions in place to keep you safe, there is still plenty to do and see in this beautiful country.

We are happy to hear our travel clients asking about Costa Rica travel amidst the pandemic and, specifically, about what the rules are for public safety and touring the country in 2021. 

We put together a list of frequently asked questions so that you can be prepared for your trip to Costa Rica. 

Q. Are there travel restrictions regarding specific countries – or can anyone come to Costa Rica?

A. No. There are no travel restrictions for Costa Rica at this time. If you’ve got a passport and travel visa, you are welcome to visit!

Q. Will I need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country?

A. No. Costa Rica does not require a negative COVID test to enter the country. 

Q. Are there any special requirements for coming to Costa Rica during the pandemic? 

A. Yes. There are a few things you need to have in place:

  • You’ll need to show proof of intent to leave the country within 90 days. To do that, you can show your return ticket or a ticket to another destination outside the country. 
  • You’ll need to show proof of medical insurance that will cover any COVID-19 medical attention you may need, as well as quarantine lodging, while you remain in the country.  Your insurance policy will need to reflect coverage for the time you intend to remain in Costa Rica for your visit. For example, if your trip is for two weeks, you’ll need 14-days worth of coverage. You can obtain this special medical insurance coverage either through the National Insurance Institute (INS) or through Sagicor of Costa Rica. The cost of your coverage will be about $12 – $23 per day, depending on your age. Seniors over 70 will pay a higher premium.
  • Costa Rica also requires that each member of your party fill out a health pass. This can be found here. This is an electronic form that can be quickly and easily filled out online before your arrival. You’ll be able to get a QR code to display at the airport authorities when you land.

Q. Will my group and I be required to self-quarantine for any length of time when we arrive in Costa Rica? 

A. No. Visitors to Costa Rica are not required to quarantine- you are welcome to enjoy the country at your leisure during your vacation here. 

Q. Does Costa Rica have safety measures in place? Are there any restrictions we should be aware of? 

A. Yes. Costa Rica does have safety measures in place to help protect you and everyone from the COVID-19 virus. 

  • Face coverings are mandatory in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home.  
  • All commercial workers who interact with the public are required to wear face coverings as well.  
  • Face shields can be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath.  
  • Face coverings are also required at bus stops and aboard all forms of public transportation including Ubers and taxis.  
  • Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth.  
  • The Ministry of Health has stated facial coverings should not include venting devices in order to provide maximum protection against COVID-19.
  • Though there is a daily nationwide nighttime vehicle restriction from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am, Taxis, Ubers, tourists with proof of hotel and flight reservations driving rental cars, and emergency vehicles are allowed to circulate at all times.
  • The majority of commercial businesses can remain open 7 days a week from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • National Parks may operate at 100% capacity
  • Bars and casinos can operate at 50% capacity
  • Beaches will be open from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm

Q. is there anything important we need to know about returning home from Costa Rica?

A. Yes! Many countries – including the United States and Canada –  require you to present proof of a negative COVID test if you are flying into or transiting through their nation.

More than 100 private labs across Costa Rica offer PCR and/or antigen coronavirus tests.  Here is a list of places you can get tested before leaving Costa Rica. Keep in mind that antigen tests are accepted by the U.S. but are not valid for entry to many countries, including Canada. It is recommended that you get the PCR test. Both tests are obtained through nasal swabs. The antigen test results typically come back faster than the PCR test, which can take about 48 hours.  

We advise that you schedule your test for your testing three days prior to departure from Costa Rica, as it can take up to 48 hours to get your test results back. The test results will be emailed to you and you can present the electronic results at the airport to your airline attendant. 

Keep in mind that if you do test positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health will issue a 10-14 day quarantine order. 

Costa Rica- a great option for reigniting your travel plans.

As more and more people get vaccinated around the world, and in Costa Rica, travel is starting to inch back into everyone’s plans. We’re pleased that Costa Rica continues to keep its borders open and welcome visitors like you.

Reach out today to book your perfect Costa Rica vacation.  We’re standing by to help you plan your escape. Let’s face it- a great vacation is long overdue! What could be better than the adventure, discovery, and lush tropical delights of Costa Rica?