Costa Rica Travel Restrictions

Travel Restrictions – September 2020

The entry to Costa Rica of international travelers has been authorized since August 1 to its international airports. The authorized countries reviewed periodically and new rules will apply beginning September 1st.

 Travel Restriction Requirements

  • Complete the electronic epidemiological Health Pass Form.
  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result. It must be taken within 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica. 
  • Passengers coming from the United States of America must prove through their driver’s license that they live in one of the eight authorized states or the capital (New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia,). No forms of identification other than a State ID card or a valid driver’s license will be accepted at this time. 
  • Visitors can arrive via a flight with a layover in a non-authorized airport, as long as long as they do not leave the non-authorized airport.
  • Travelers with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from. They most furnish 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). The quarantine is waived if they are arriving from one of the designated departure points, have proof of stay for the past 14 days in that country, and carry a negative PCR-RT test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.
  • Citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. The quarantine is waived if they are arriving from one of the designated departure points, have proof of stay for the past 14 days in that country, and carry a negative PCR-RT test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance, either international or purchased in Costa Rica.


Here is the complete list of authorized U.S. states:

  • As of September 1: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, or Virginia (and Washington, D.C.)
  • As of September 15: Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island.
  • As of October 1: California.
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Costa Rica Insurance Policies

Costa Rica travel insurance policies for travelers are currently available through the National Insurance Institute and the Sagicor.

International Insurance Policies

Tourists must request a certification from their insurance company (English or Spanish) verifying three conditions:

  • Effectiveness of insurance policy during visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses for at least USD $50,000 in the event of contacting COVID-19 while in Costa Rica.
  • Minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for quarantine expenses issues.

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

Travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict airport with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, taking temperature readings, as well as any further instructions that may be issued.

Flights to Costa Rica during Travel Restrictions

For a List of Airlines Flying to Costa Rica during the Costa Rica Travel Restrictions, please visit IATA.

Private Flights during Travel Restrictions in Costa Rica

On September 1st, private flights from the United States will be allowed if their size and nature prove they present a much lower virus risk.

The same requirements shall be applied to private flights. In the event that they come from a state or country that is not authorized, visitors will go through an exception procedure that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Maritime Reopening during Travel Restrictions in Costa Rica

On September 1st, private yachts may also enter the country. If passengers do not carry a negative PCR test, or if they sailed from a city or port that has not been authorized, they will receive a health quarantine order. This order will discount the number of days on the high seas, from the last recorded port departure date recorded.


COVID-19 Information for Costa Rica

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Costa Rica, please visit the following sites.

COVID-19 Testing in Costa Rica

  • Testing is available at Hospital La Católica, Hospital Cima, Hospital Metropolitano and Hospital Clinica Biblica, as well as LABIN, Echandi, Laboratorio Páez, and 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.

For more information on the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica, please visit our FAQs page.

For specific questions, please feel free to Contact Us.

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