Border reopening and travel requirements August 1, 2020
Borders Opening and Travel Regulations
Airports and Flights
Costa Rica partially opened borders on August 1st. (Land borders remain closed indefinitely.)
Commercial and private flights from the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Letonia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Holland, Poland, Portugal, the Check Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden are now allowed to land here. Immigration will be reviewing and updating this list every two weeks. Initially there will be five flights per week flying into San Jose (Juan Santamaria) and Liberia (Daniel Oduber). The first flights will be coming from Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany.
Tourists must have proof of negative Covid-19 test results from test performed 48 hours previous to arrival into Costa Rica.
Tourists traveling to Costa Rica will need to purchase an insurance policy from I.N.S., the National Insurance Institute, to cover accommodation and/or hospitalization in case of Covid-19 infection while in CR. The policy must cover a minimum of $20,000 in medical and $4,000 in quarantine expenses. The policy will be available for purchase online at www.ins-cr.com. Currently no other policy is accepted by immigration.
Costa Rican nationals and residents do not need to purchase this insurance policy.
Travel from Restricted Countries
Tourists may travel from countries not yet allowed entry into Costa Rica but must first be:
Symptom-free upon entry
Able to prove they traveled to one of the authorized countries and remained there for at least 14 days immediately before arrival
A short lay over in an authorized country with continued travel onto Costa Rica, will not suffice to be permitted entry.
Completing Form upon Arrival
Upon arrival, all passengers will have to complete a “Pase de Salud” form which can be found at https://salud.go.cr.
Tourists will have to fill out the form and be given a “green check mark” and code which will need to be provided to customs officials.
Costa Ricans and residents will also have to fill out the form and will receive either a red, green or yellow “check mark”.
Green= passenger shows no symptoms of Covid-19
Yellow= passenger could have been exposed to the virus and must undergo medical exam.
Red= passenger has symptoms and must undergo a medical exam