Posted on February 27, 2021
Requirements for Entering Costa Rica During COVID Pandemic as of February 25, 2021
Below is a complete explanation of the needed requirements for entering Costa Rica during the COVID Pandemic. We have also included some great tips that we have learned from listening to visitors who have previously arrived to Costa Rica in the past few months. Hope this helps in making your experience seamless and without any unexpected delays.
NOTE: Information current as of February 25, 2021. Requirements for entering Costa Rica can change at any time. The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) lists all the current entry requirements for tourists on its website. Click here for the official page.
Be sure to save copies of all required documents on your cell phone, plus bring hard copies with you as well, if at all possible.
1. COSTA RICA DOES NOT REQUIRE A NEGATIVE COVID TEST TO ENTER THE COUNTRY
2. PURCHASE TRAVELER’S COVID MEDICAL INSURANCE
Be sure your insurance covers the total number of days that you plan to be in Costa Rica, because immigration in CR will stamp your passport for the number of days for which you have insurance (should match your proof of onward travel documents).
COVID insurance can be purchased through the two Costa Rican companies, National Insurance Institute (INS) or Sagicor of Costa Rica, covering the duration of your stay in Costa Rica. Policies from these two companies are pre-approved and are guaranteed to be accepted by Costa Rican authorities
However, many visitors choose international policies, because they are often cheaper. Tourists who opt to purchase an international policy must bring a letter demonstrating:
- Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with COVID-19 while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000 USD.
- Minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic (see below for foreigners who own property in Costa Rica)
- Validity of the policy throughout the planned stay in Costa Rica.
- For Visitors to Costa Rica from the US: We’ve heard Trawick International offers affordable policies that meet Costa Rica’s requirements. When filling out the questionnaire, it is recommended to put “0” in the Trip Cost section so you are only purchasing insurance to cover for COVID related instances and not paying for extra add-ons like Trip Cancellation, etc. if you don’t want them.
- For Visitors to Costa Rica from Canada: Just recently, Trawick International began providing a policy for countries other than the USA. One from Canada that has been used successfully to enter Costa Rica is TUGO Insurance.
3. FILL OUT THE ELECTRONIC EPIDEMIOLOGICAL HEALTH PASS FORM
Available at https://salud.go.cr. This should be completed within the 48 hours before boarding for Costa Rica. It generates a QR code that you must show upon arrival. Some airlines ask for it at check-in.
- Some visitors have mentioned that you must check off INTERNATIONAL when asked to choose between International and National insurance, regardless of whether you purchased Costa Rican insurance or not. Otherwise it will not let you continue.
- Please Note: This website says they will send you a QR code by email, but some people have said they were not receiving it prior to their departure. It is recommended that when you are on this website, take a screenshot of the QR code, making sure that your name shows up on the screenshot as well. Save this on your smartphone to show at check-in and immigration.
4. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
In addition to the coronavirus-related measures, tourists must also meet Costa Rica’s general visa requirements:
- Visitors must have a valid passport.
- Proof of intent to exit the country (an outbound ticket) within 90 days. Be sure your insurance coverage matches the number of days you will be in Costa Rica before your outbound flight. Immigration will stamp your passport for the number of days that you have health coverage for COVID only – not the usual maximum of 90 days. (For example: if you bought enough COVID health coverage for 21 days, then your passport will be stamped for 21 days after your arrival in Costa Rica.).
- Non-residents (i.e. tourists) are allowed to remain in the country for up to 90 days before being required to exit. Tourists MUST exit Costa Rica prior to the number of days stamped on your passport. You may re-enter Costa Rica immediately again once you have your passport stamped by the country that you entered upon leaving Costa Rica. At the present time, the land borders are closed to enter Costa Rica, so your only option is to either drive out of Costa Rica and then fly back in, or to leave Costa Rica by air and return by air.
- It is very difficult to extend your stay in Costa Rica beyond what is stamped in your passport. For this reason, it has been suggested that when purchasing your insurance, purchase enough to cover the amount of days you plan to remain in Costa Rica, including having to make a trip out of the country every 90 days, so you do not have to purchase more insurance every time you are required to leave the country.
5. IF I OWN A PROPERTY IN COSTA RICA, DO I STILL NEED INSURANCE?
You will still need health insurance. However, proof of property ownership can waive the lodging expenses requirement ($2,000 USD) for your insurance policy. Email [email protected], and they can confirm if you qualify. You will need to show proof that you own a property in Costa Rica by providing a copy of the persona juridica of your corporation and a document that proves that the corporation owns the property (such as a utility bill). Your property manager or lawyer should be able to help you obtain copies of these documents.
- Please Note: This will have to be completed before you fill in the HEALTH PASS FORM.