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 6 October 2021

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, called a Health Pass, prior to departure
  • As of 26 October 2020, 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
    • A minimum coverage of US $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

The insurance certificate must be uploaded or entered into the Health Pass. Find out more about travel insurance requirements for entering Costa Rica.

Starting 1 August 2021, Costa Rica will allow entry without travel insurance to minors under 18 years of age and tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. In the case of visitors from the United States, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

As of 1 August 2021, unvaccinated adult visitors traveling to Costa Rica will continue to need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica.

Costa Rican Immigration officials have sole authority to determine the length of stay for tourists entering Costa Rica. Immigration officials are currently limiting the duration of stay to correspond with coverage dates provided by the COVID-19 medical insurance. Tourist seeking to extend their stay beyond the date indicated by immigration officials must contact the Directorate General for Migration. Tourists are not able to extend their stay in Costa Rica beyond 90 days.

What to expect in Costa Rica

There are restrictions within Costa Rica. National Parks will be open from 5am to 6pm but may only operate at 50% capacity. Beaches will be open from 5am to 6pm. Until August 8, a daytime vehicle restriction based on license plate numbers will be enforced nationwide between the hours of 5am and 9pm. Stay up to date on the phases of reopening, and follow the advice of local authorities

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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9 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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  • Efrain Moya said

    I would really like to know if World Nomads cover the Costa Rican government requirements to enter the country.

    Does World Nomads guarante 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.

    and a letter to ensure the effectiveness of the policy during the visit.

    Reply

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