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Costa Rica Entry and Exit Requirements

  • As of September 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States.

  • As of September 15, residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania can also enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States.  

  • U.S. citizen tourists from these states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. 

  • U.S. tourist must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states.  No forms of documentation establishing residency in these authorized states other than a valid driver’s license or State ID card will be accepted at this time. 

  • Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license or State ID card.

  • The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has an English-language website detailing these entry requirements: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements:

    • U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain.  However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.

    • U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from and must present 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). U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine.  However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.

    • U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.

    • The link for the Ministry of Health’s Spanish social media website is: https://www.facebook.com/msaludcr/ 

    • The link for the Ministry of Health’s webpage is: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/ 

  • U.S. tourists from the list of authorized states can enter Costa Rica via a flight with a layover in a non-authorized state or country.  (For example, a Colorado resident can fly from Denver to Houston to Costa Rica, as long as they do not exit the airport in Houston.)

 

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes 

    • All U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica, regardless of departure point or state of residency, will need to present the results of a negative PCR test for CV-19 taken within the past 72 hours, complete an epidemiological form, and provide proof of health insurance.

 

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 

    • Travelers entering Costa Rica are required to fill out digital epidemiological forms, which are available in multiple languages.  Any arrival displaying COVID-19 related symptoms will be tested at the airport.  The Ministry of Health will follow up with all quarantining individuals.

Traveling with Caribe Shuttle

(Covid Requirements & Safety Procedures)

  • According to Health Ministry Protocol for COVID-19 all passengers except children under 4 years of age must use a face mask for the entire duration of your shuttle transportation. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you one at the time of your pick up for $2 or 1,000 Colones.

  • Your driver is also required to wear a face shield at all times while driving the vehicle.

  • Caribe Shuttle is currently only allowing 50% capacity in our vans for adequate spacing between Passengers.

  • Upon entry to our van, you will be provided with alcohol gel to clean your hands.

  • Your driver will use an alcohol based disinfectant liquid to spray on your luggage that will not harm your luggage and evaporates quickly.

  • Caribe Shuttle also disinfects the interior of the van after the completion of each trip. We use a disinfectant spray on all surfaces inside the vehicle. Seats, floor and roof and side panels.

  • During your journey please follow the protocol display in our vans and the instructions of our staff. 

Thank you for your cooperation 

Costa Rica Entry & Exit Requirements

  • Tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica via a flight must comply with these requirements:

  • Complete the online “Health Pass” epidemiological form: https://salud.go.cr.

  • Show proof of a negative PCR test for the coronavirus. The sample for the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

  • Obtain travel insurance. This can be either a pre-approved Costa Rican policy from INS or Sagicor, or an international policy that covers COVID-19 medical expenses of at least $50,000 and $2,000 for lodging.

  • Tourists must have remained in an authorized country for at least 14 days before travel.

  • Until November 1, U.S. residents must show a driver’s license or State ID indicating they live in an authorized state. As of November 1, this will no longer be necessary, as all U.S. states will be authorized.

  • Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license or State ID card.

  • The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has an English-language website detailing these entry requirements: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements:

    • U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain.  However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.

    • U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from and must present 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). U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine.  However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.

    • U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.

    • The link for the Ministry of Health’s Spanish social media website is: https://www.facebook.com/msaludcr/ 

    • The link for the Ministry of Health’s webpage is: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/ 

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes 

    • All U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica, regardless of departure point or state of residency, will need to present the results of a negative PCR test for CV-19 taken within the past 72 hours, complete an epidemiological form, and provide proof of health insurance.

 

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 

    • Travelers entering Costa Rica are required to fill out digital epidemiological forms, which are available in multiple languages.  Any arrival displaying COVID-19 related symptoms will be tested at the airport.  The Ministry of Health will follow up with all quarantining individuals.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No 

    • The Government of Costa Rica has implemented daily nationwide driving restrictions based upon license plate number.  Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) frequently announces updates regarding driving restrictions as well as the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert.

    • For the most up-to-date information, please review the U.S. Embassy’s Mascot Messages at this link: https://cr.usembassy.gov/category/messages-for-us-citizens/

 

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

    • There are no restrictions for intercity or interstate travel; however, nationwide driving restrictions based on license plate number are in effect.

Quarentine Information

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No 

  • U.S. citizen tourists arriving from a permitted destinations who meet the three entry requirements – a negative test for COVID-19 taken within the past 72 hours, completion of the digital epidemiological form, and proof of health insurance – will not be required to quarantine.

  • Costa Rican citizens and other nationals holding Costa Rican residency who enter the country will be subject to a 14-day in home quarantine order.

  • If any tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip to Costa Rica, they will receive a quarantine order upon arrival.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Testing is available at Hospital La Católica, Hospital Cima, Hospital Metropolitano and Hospital Clinica Biblica as well as the following laboratories located around Costa Rica: LABIN, Echandi, Laboratorio Páez, Laboratorios San José. The cost is around USD 100, and results are typically ready within 24 to 48 hours.  Testing is paid for by the individual.

Toll Free:

USA/Canada: 1-800-274-6191

Australia: 1-800-052-811

 

Toll Call:

Costa Rica +506-2750-0626

Panamá +507-757-7048

Nicaragua +505-8580-6083

UK/Europe: +44 (0) 2078626334

Email: info@caribeshuttle.com

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