Welcome to Costa Rica!
Entry Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Please note that those who fail to comply with these requirements will not be permitted to enter the country.
All international tourists are permitted to enter Costa Rica by air, land and sea.
Tourists must meet the visa requirements, when applicable, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.
The Government of Costa Rica does not require tourists entering by air, land or sea to present a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival.
Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place when participating in tourist activities throughout the country.
*Important update (February 23, 2022)*
Beginning on March 1, maximum occupancy will be increased to 100% of capacity, with the QR code remaining mandatory for admission in business, sporting, cultural and academic activities as well as nightclubs.
Commercial establishments that do not ask their customers to show the vaccine QR code must operate at a reduced capacity of 50% and respect social distancing measures.
Children aged 12 and up must present the QR code to enter establishments and activities that request it.
Individuals vaccinated abroad, both Costa Rican and foreign nationals, who do not have a QR code, may present a physical vaccination certificate issued abroad to prove that they have the necessary vaccinations to enter commercial establishments that request patrons be vaccinated.
Tourists who are vaccinated or who have the permitted serums will receive a vaccination QR code before they enter the country.
Beginning on April 1, all establishments, activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without using the QR code.
Country Entry Requirements
In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established: (in force until April 1, 2022)
1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS, available at https://salud.go.cr
The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. It must be accessed via updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer.
One form must be completed per person, including minors.
All tourists must complete the Health Pass.
*Important update (February 23, 2022)*
The Health Pass (Pase de Salud) will be discontinued for Costa Rican nationals as of March 7, with random checks continuing for tourists.
Furthermore, the Health Pass will no longer be required as of April 1 for entry into the country. The requirement to purchase insurance for unvaccinated foreign nationals will also be discontinued.
However, all tourists entering the country are recommended to acquire an insurance policy with sufficient coverage to include medical expenses and extended stays due to quarantine due to a possible Covid-19 infection.
2. Travel Policy
Tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and individuals aged 18 and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days prior to arrival in Costa Rica.
The list of authorized vaccines include:
- AstraZeneca: Covishield, Vaxzervia, AXD1222, ChAdOx1, ChAdOx1_nCoV19 India
- Janssen: COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Johnson & Johnson y Ad26.COV2.S
- Moderna: Spikevax, mRNA-1273
- Pfizer-BioNTech: Comirnaty, BNT162b2 y Tozinameran
- Sinovac: COVID-19 Vaccine (vero cell), Coronavac ™
- Sinopharm: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (vero cell), Inactivated (InCoV)
- Covaxin: BBV152, Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccinated tourists must attach their vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.
As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:
Name of the individual who received the vaccine
Date of each dose
In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" will be accepted.
Documentation must be submitted in English or Spanish. Submitting documentation in a different language will prevent it from being reviewed.
Unvaccinated individuals aged 18 and older must purchase a travel policy with a duration equal to the period of stay in the country, with the exception of passengers in transit, whose minimum validity is five days that covers, at least, medical expenses generated by Covid-19 and lodging expenses due to quarantine.
Tourists can select 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 infection
3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine
Travelers must ask their insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following information:
- Name of the individual traveling
- Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates)
- Guaranteed coverage for medical expenses in the event of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, valued at least $50,000
- 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 Costa Rican authorities.
IMPORTANT: Insurance cards are not accepted. The document must include the verification of the coverage mentioned.
Costa Rican Policies
Tourists can also select any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendency of Insurance of Costa Rica.
BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod
IMPORTANT: The minimum coverage is set at $50,000 for international policies, while the minimum coverage for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers is set at $20,000.
Tourists are requested and warned not to attach unsolicited personal documents, such as copies of credit cards, keys or private passwords or other information in the Health Pass: https://salud.go.cr nor in emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only a copy of the insurance policy should be attached.
Those who fail to comply with these requirements will not be permitted to enter the country.