This information is to help you plan your trip. It was last updated 08/27/2020 LINK –
We are open for rentals and do allow people to quarantine at Vista Mundo based on quarantine guideline
Costa Rica-Specific Information
- The Government of Costa Rica has implemented a series of restrictive measures to try and curb the number of new COVID-19 infections. These restrictive measures vary in intensity depending on each area’s alert designation. For areas under Orange Alert, there are restrictions on the types of business which are allowed to operate and their operating hours. Restrictions regulating the days and hours that vehicles can be on the roads are also stronger in areas under an Orange Alert. In locations under a Yellow Alert, most businesses can continue to operate normally, though operating hours may be restricted. Driving days and hours are also restricted in areas under a Yellow Alert, but the number of vehicles allowed on the roads and driving hours are extended. Beaches and open-air tourism activities in areas under Yellow Alert as also allowed to operate, though hours are restricted.
- Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) frequently announces updates to the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert, as well as business and vehicle restrictions.
Entry and Exit Requirements
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?
- Currently, U.S. citizens are not able to enter Costa Rica directly from the United States.
- As of September 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont may enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States. U.S. citizen tourists from these states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken withing 48 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. U.S. tourist must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license, that they live in one of the authorized states. No forms of documentation establishing residency in these six states other than a valid driver’s license will be accepted at this time. Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license.
- U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain. However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.
- U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from and must present the following documentation: 1) passport, 2) Valid DIMEX, 3) evidence Caja payments are up to date for each person entering, and 4) a completed Health Pass (Pase de Salud).
- U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days in that country, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 48 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- U.S. citizen tourists or non-residents arriving from a permitted destination at which they have been for at least 14 days and who meet the three entry requirements – a negative test for COVID-19 taken within the past 48 hours, completion of the digital epidemiological form, and proof of health insurance – will not be required to quarantine.
- Costa Rican citizens and other nationals holding Costa Rican residency who enter the country will be subject to a 14-day quarantine order.
- If any tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip to Costa Rica, they will receive a quarantine order upon arrival.
- Testing is available at Hospital La Católica, Hospital Cima, Hospital Metropolitano and Hospital Clinica Biblica as well as the following laboratories located around Costa Rica: LABIN, Echandi, Laboratorio Páez, Laboratorios San José.
- The cost is around $100 and results are typically ready within 24 to 48 hours.
- Testing is paid for by the individual.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Currently there are no commercial flights operating from the United States.
- However, U.S. Citizens and other nationals are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain.
- According to the Ministry of Health, the list of designated countries and flight departure points will gradually expand over the coming months.
- As of September 1, 2020, commercial flights from the United States to Costa Rica will resume on a limited basis from New York’s JFK and LGA airports, as well as Newark ERW airport. Only residents of specific states with a valid driver’s license from that state will be able to enter Costa Rica on these flights.