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Costa Rica travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is Open for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is part of North America with main city at San Jose. Its Developing country with a population of 5M people. The main currency is Costa Rican Colon. The languages spoken are Spanish.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Costa Rica


for travel

For entry into Costa Rica

International travel to Costa Rica is permitted. There are currently no requirements in place, such as quarantine or health testing.

Other restrictions

Foreign travelers must provide proof of an onward ticket on arrival if they are traveling on a one way ticket, entering the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival, or flying into Costa Rica and flying out of another country.
For more details Costa Rica Tourism Board

Government measures

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Costa Rica can be found at

Use of masks

Face masks are recommended but should not replace other safety measures such as social distancing.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.


Restaurants are open as usual.


Bars are open as usual.


Nightclubs are open as usual.


Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing.

On return

Vaccination required

Travelers are required to present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 with the use of an approved vaccine.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure. Certificates must be in English or in Chinese.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose of vaccination, at least 14 days before departure, are also considered fully vaccinated.
There are exemptions for non-vaccinated citizens and residents.
Full details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative rapid antigen test, taken within the previous 24 hours, must be provided on departure.
Test certificates must be in English or Chinese.

Testing on arrival

A nucleic acid test will be administered upon arrival and apart from the transfer from the airport, proof of a negative test result is required to leave the place of residence.

Additional test requirements

Daily rapid antigen testing is required for the first 5 days after arrival. Additionally, travelers must undergo a PCR test on day 2.
Daily antigen results can be reported via the 'Electronic COVID-19 monitoring & surveillance system' (eCMSS). Instructions can be found at

Travel restriction details for Costa Rica

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine may be required
πŸ–οΈ Accepting Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Fully Open
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Costa Rica

Authorities in Costa Rica have issued orders to lift the country's remaining COVID-19-related restrictions as of May 13. Under the new directives, the requirement to wear facemasks in indoor public settings has been lifted.
All businesses, restaurants, and tourist venues can open without capacity or time limits; individuals are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated for access to such establishments. The use of facemasks remains mandatory in indoor public settings.

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Costa Rica

Exercise a high degree of caution

We’ve reviewed our advice for Costa Rica. We haven’t changed the level of our advice, exercise a high degree of caution. You’re no longer required to complete the Health Pass orΒ show proofΒ of medical insurance to enter Costa Rica. (See 'Travel'). We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Costa Rica due to high levels of violent crime.
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