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Costa Rica coronavirus travel restrictions

Costa Rica 🇨🇷

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The travel advice is Do not travel to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is Open with restrictions 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.
👍 Developing   👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 5M people

🚨 Travel Advice for Costa Rica

Open with restrictions

for travel
International travel to Costa Rica is permitted. There are currently no requirements in place, such as quarantine or health testing.
International travelers are only allowed to enter Costa Rica through Juan Santamaría International Airport(SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport(LIR).

Other restrictions

All foreign non-resident travelers must provide proof of travel insurance which includes full coverage of COVID-19 medical costs and accommodation in case of quarantine requirement. Details of the insurance policy must be uploaded when completing the 'health pass'.
Full details, including minimum coverage requirements, can be found at

Vaccinated traveller exceptions

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are not required to provide proof of travel insurance.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival.

Additional documents required

An online 'health pass' form must be completed within 72 hours before departure. - Health pass

Additional documents required

Non-resident travelers are required to present a return flight ticket upon arrival in Costa Rica.
For more details Costa Rica Tourism Board

Government measures

A phased re-opening is in progress in Costa Rica and guidance may vary between regions. Further restrictions remain in place for high-risk areas. A full breakdown of the current reopening phases across Costa Rica can be found, only in Spanish, at

Use of masks

Face masks are required in enclosed spaces, public transport, and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating with capacity limited to available seating. Vehicular restrictions are in place based on the last number of the license plate.


Restaurants are open in low-risk areas with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing with adapted safety measures in place. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.


Bars are allowed to open if they have been granted a sanitary operating permit with adapted safety measures in place. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.


Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Closing times may vary based on regional restrictions.

On return

Vaccinated traveller exceptions

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in some countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a single COVID-19 self-test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at

Travel restriction details for Costa Rica

🚫 Destination No quarantine
🛬 Return Quarantine required
🏖️ Accepting Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
🛍️ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
📅 events Partially Allowed

🔒 Lockdown Details for Costa Rica

Essential services are open. Public transportation is operating at normal capacity.
Hospitals are currently operating with limited capacity due to a surge in CV-19 infection numbers.
Facial coverings are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home.
The use of facial coverings is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation.
Face shields can continue to be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath.
Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade if they cover the nose and mouth.
The Ministry of Health has stated facial coverings should not include venting devices to provide maximum protection against COVID-19.

🛡️ Travel safety for Costa Rica

Do not travel

If you travel directly by air to Costa Rica you'll be allowed to enter the country. You'll need proof of insurance and a digital health pass completed prior to your travel. We advise: Do not travel to Costa Rica due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.
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