Entry requirements to Costa Rica


Entry requirement for Costa Rican national and legal residents in Costa Rica

-  Costa Rican nationals and foreigners with a legal residence in Costa Rica (duly identified) are not required to show a COVID-19 test nor do they need to purchase insurance in order to enter Costa Rica. They only require to complete the digital form called the Health Pass. The form is available at https://salud.go.cr/.


Entry requirements for tourists:


-Those tourists who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine are not exempt from acquiring medical insurance in order to visit Costa Rica in July.

-As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

-All tourists must meet the requirements indicated at https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements




Travelers prohibited from entry to the United States:

To slow the spread of COVID-19 into the United States, the US government proclaimed that foreign nationals who have visited one of the following countries in the past 14 days cannot enter the United States:

-          Brazil.

-          China.

-          India.

-          Iran.

-      European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City).

-          United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland).

-          Republic of Ireland.

-          South Africa.


Entering the United States:


As of January 26th 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Each passenger should have a negative pre-departure test for COVID-19.  This should be a viral test that was conducted on a specimen collected within three calendar days (72 hours) preceding the flight’s departure.  Alternatively, if the passenger has recovered from COVID-19, the passenger may instead travel with written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result that confirms previous SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) infection and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel (Documentation of Recovery).


Passengers should retain written or electronic documentation reflecting the negative Qualifying Test result or Document of Recovery to present to the airline or aircraft operator.  They must also produce a Qualifying Test result or Document of Recovery upon request to any U.S. government official or cooperating state or local public health authority.   The airline will verify that every passenger aged two years or older onboard the flight has attested to receiving a negative Qualifying Test result or has Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19. 


The airline will check the documentation, and each passenger should have a completed Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America, which can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure


For further information please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html


All passengers arriving in the United States by air and after passing through immigration, they will continue to enhanced entry screening where they will be queried about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information to be passed on to local health authorities. In some cases, entry screening may include thermal temperature checks.


Passengers will be asked to immediately home-quarantine for 07 days upon reaching their final destination. For more information please verify the States entry requirements. For further information please inquiry with the US Embassy or the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

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