Costa Rica Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Is it safe to go to Costa Rica right now? Find out how coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect your travel plans.

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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 3 November, 2020

Borders are open to allow citizens and residents to travel to Costa Rica. Previously there were a limited number of countries travelers could visit from.

Since 1 November, citizens and residents of all countries are permitted to enter Costa Rica by air, provided they meet the usual visa requirements for entry.

Flights may be limited. Contact your airline for the latest information on the availability.

  • Everyone must fill out an epidemiological form prior to departure
  • As of 26 October, all passengers who enter Costa Rica by air are not required to present a RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result dated within 72 hours before departure
  • Foreign travelers must 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.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by COVID-19? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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8 Comments

  • 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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    • Evan said

      Yeah, I'm also interested if World Nomads will meet the requirements! Please let us know.

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  • Nicola V Bryan said

    I'm also looking to travel to Costa Rica and hope my World Nomads WorldWide Standard policy is sufficient to cover these requirements please?

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    • Mark Slaughter said

      I’ve been told no insurance anywhere but CR offers lodging it’s like a scam to force travelers to buy from CR only ?

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  • Amelia Brady said

    Hi Nicola,

    For information relevant to you and your country of residence, please email the customer service team at [email protected]

    You'll just need to let them know your country of residence and whether you have purchased a policy already, as different coverage advice may apply.

    Stay safe,
    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Evan said

    I emailed world nomads about the $2,000 coverage requirement and they are not going to cover this, so if you're traveling to Costa Rica then world nomads will not cover you for the required insurance. For what it's worth I was able to buy sagicor with an average price of about $10 a day.

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  • Steve said

    Has anyone travelled to Costa Rica in last weeks with normal insurance policy? Were you able to enter the country? They have the quarantine lodging requirement but sometimes regulations are in writing and yet not strictly enforced.

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  • Howard Lee said

    I’m a disable veteran the Va 100% I have a white card that I can see any Doctor and they have one in Costa Rica

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