Costa Rica Travel Alerts and Warnings

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The beautiful coastline of Chiquita and Cocles in Costa Rica Photo © Getty Images/Simon Dannhauer

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Costa Rica – updated 15 September, 2020

From 1 August, borders have reopened to allow citizens and residents to travel from approved regions or countries, and the list is subject to change periodically.

As of 1 September, citizens and residents of Canada, Uruguay, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK and certain parts of the USA (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C) are permitted to enter Costa Rica, provided their flight originates from one of these permitted destinations.

From 15 September, residents of ten more states in the U.S. are eligible to fly to Costa Rica: Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming.

Travelers from the U.S. must show their driver's license or state identification (State ID), to prove they live in one of the authorized states.

In the first phase, flights may be limited. Contact your airline for the latest information.

Eligible travelers must have stayed in only approved countries during the 14 days prior to travel.

  • Everyone must fill out an epidemiological form prior to departure
  • Obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result dated within 72 hours before departure
  • Purchase a travel insurance policy and request certification from their insurance company (issued in English or Spanish) verifying the policy meets the following criteria:
    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit
    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with COVID-19 while in Costa Rica, for at least US $50,000
    • Minimum coverage of US $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

There are restrictions within Costa Rica. Stay up to date on the phases of reopening, and follow the advice of local authorities. Face masks are mandatory in all public places.

Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica? Find out how to keep yourself safe and which places to avoid.

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  • Cate said

    Do you foresee that Travel Nomads will add the government required $2000 coverage for potential hotel stay due to quarantine, so that travelers can use your company to complete the insurance requirement?
    Thank you!


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