Requirements to enter Costa Rica as October 2020

Things that you must know before traveling to Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica government as launched more details on traveling requirements for all tourist starting October 2020.

Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at
• RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken
within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
• Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state
identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This
requirement excludes children travelling with their family. This requirement will be
necessary until Nov. 1.
• Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through
the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros), or Sagicor
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their
insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three

  1. Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
  2. Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with
    the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000
    (fifty thousand United States Dollars)
  3. Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a
    result of the pandemic
    Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.
    Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply
    with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing,
    disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other
    sanitary instructions.
    Touristsfrom authorized states may enter the country even if their route includes a stop
    at a destination that is not authorized, as long as they do not leave the transit airport.
    To view a video with important U.S. entry information, click here:
    Opening to Private Flights
    As of Sept. 1, private flights from the United States will be allowed to enter Costa Rica,
    given that their size and nature means they present a much lower epidemiological risk.
    The same requirements as set forth above shall be applicable to persons on private
    flights. In the event that they come from a state or country that is not authorized, they
    must receive the approval of the Ministry of Health and the General Directorate of
    Migration and Foreigners (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería). Interested
    parties should submit a request with the following items:
    • Full names of the passengers
    • Nationalities and ages
    • Legible copy of the biographical page of the passport of each one of the
    • Date of arrival, arrival airport, and flight origin
    • Strategic reason for admission (investment review, property in Costa Rica,
    humanitarian reasons, etc.)
    Gradual Maritime Opening
    Passengers and crew members of yachts and sailboats must meet the same entry
    requirements as those issued to passengers entering by air on Aug. 1.
    Those who entered the country by sea from the list of permitted countries and who
    have not made a stopover elsewhere, should not be subjected to isolation if they have
    been sailing for more than 14 days.
    If the passengers do not bring with them the negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior
    to the trip to Costa Rica, or they set sail in an unauthorized city or country, they will
    receive a sanitary isolation order for 14 days from, from which will be deducted the
    number of days on the high seas, counting from the last port departure date recorded
    in the yacht or sailboat’s log.
    In addition to the aforementioned requirements, tourists arriving from yachts or
    sailboats must hand over to the immigration authorities the “International Ship Sailing”
    document and dock in authorized marinas.
    In case of doubts with the medical insurance, the passengers and crew of yachts or
    sailboats can write to the email

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