July 30th, updated information on border reopening for tourists and residents
Borders Reopen August 1st
Starting August 1st there will be a gradual reopening of tourism and international air travel. Initially, only five flights per week will be allowed to enter departing from Canada, the EU (Schengen Area) and the UK and include flights from Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain.
The United States is not yet on the list of authorized countries for air travel, however the US Embassy has been working with airlines to take US citizens on repatriation flights.
Land borders remain closed until further notice.
Requirements When Traveling to Costa Rica
All passengers traveling to Costa Rica will be required to:
Present negative Covid-19 test results received 48 hours before arrival
Purchase insurance which covers accommodations in case of quarantine or hospitalization
Fill out digital epidemiological forms
Residents No Longer Risk Losing Residency
The government also announced that starting August 1st, residents will be able to leave Costa Rica without losing their residency status as long as they travel by air and to and from the authorized countries.
Since the borders were closed on March 24th, the government announced that residents who left the country and tried to return, would lose their residency status. This included temporary and permanent residents and refugees. The Health Ministry is currently making the necessary changes to the decree which will be implemented as of August 1st. We will inform our readers of the specifics once they have been reported.
Tourist Visas and Immigration
Foreigners will not be allowed to enter Costa Rica until after current border restrictions are lifted. Tourists who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 have been granted an extension on their visa until November 18th, 2020. This extension also allows foreigners to drive legally and use a valid foreign driver’s licenses until that date. Foreigners should carry their passport and driver’s license with them while driving.