vaccination card proof

Costa Rica has recently updated their entry requirements for visitors from all parts of the world. Starting April 1st, all COVID travel restrictions will be eliminated and proof of vaccination will no longer be needed.

**UPDATE* Important update (February 23, 2022)* Starting April 1, the online Health Pass form needed to enter Costa Rica and the requirement to pay for medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners will no longer be required to foreign visitors. However, it is recommended to all tourists to acquire an insurance policy, broad enough, that covers medical expenses and extended stay by quarantine, in the event of an eventual contagion of Covid-19.

All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requesting proof of vaccination status. Although the health measures will undergo some changes, the use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice.

Until March 7th, all visitors will still be required to complete the electronic Health Pass before arrival.
Tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and individuals aged 18 and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days prior to arrival in Costa Rica. Vaccinated tourists must attach their vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.

Unvaccinated individuals aged 18 and older must purchase a travel policy with a duration equal to the period of stay in the country, with the exception of passengers in transit, whose minimum validity is five days that covers, at least, medical expenses generated by Covid-19 and lodging expenses due to quarantine.

 

If you are planning to visit Costa Rica soon, here is what you need to know:

Vaccination Proof requirements required until March 7th, 2022: 

• Acceptable vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin.
• Fully vaccinated with two doses, except for the Janssen that is one dose.
• The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
• The schemes adopted by international health authorities that combine vaccines from different pharmaceutical companies will be considered a complete vaccination scheme
• Cases in which the traveler receives a single dose after having been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be considered fully vaccinated
• Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
• For U.S. visitors Covid-19 vaccination record card will be required as proof
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine are except, however, travel medical insurance will still be required
• Minors that are 17 years old or under will not be required to present proof of vaccination (until February 1st, 2022)
• All visitors must complete the digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica
• Travel insurance will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults that are planning to visit Costa Rica.

As of March 7:

• Vehicle restrictions are eliminated
• The voluntary proof of vaccination status continues for stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, and social events are maintained.
• For nightclubs, the capacity can be 100% when requesting proof of vaccination and 50% without requesting proof of vaccination.

As of April 1

• For all tourists coming to Costa Rica, the health pass and the insurance requirement for unvaccinated foreigners will be eliminated
• All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requiring to show vaccination status
• The use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice

Can unvaccinated tourists enter the country?

Yes. Tourists who are not fully vaccinated, or who have vaccines that have not been endorsed by WHO or a strict regulatory agency, will be able to enter the country.  Until March 7th, if they are over 18 years of age, they must complete the Health Pass and purchase a travel policy valid for at least five days that covers accommodations and medical expenses in the event of COVID-19.
Starting April 1st, all travel restrictions will be eliminated.

 

Travel insurance requirements

• Policy must be valid for the entire stay of your visit
• If purchasing international travel insurance, the policy must cover medical expenses related to COVID of at least USD$50,000
• If purchasing from a Costa Rica insurer, the policy must cover medical expenses related to COVID for at least USD$20,000
• Policy must include coverage of USD $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to the pandemic
• Visitors will be required to submit insurance information online by filling out the epidemiological form.
• If the visitor has a foreign policy, they must upload a PDF for validation in English or Spanish
• If the visitor has from a local insurer, they can type the policy number into the form for validation

 

Safe Travels Voyager COVID Insurance 

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica during the pandemic, be sure to add travel medical insurance that can help with medical costs if you contract COVID-19 while traveling.
Safe Travels Voyager meets all the insurance requirements for visitors to Costa Rica. This plan offers robust coverage for COVID-19, trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip cancellation, missed connections, medical evacuation, and more. Safe Travelers Voyager is the perfect companion for any traveler to Costa Rica.

Why Safe Travels Voyager?
This well-rounded plan includes benefits for COVID-19, emergency evacuation, and more. Safe Travels Voyager meets the extended lodging requirement by offering a trip delay benefit which includes accommodation. The $2,000 ($150/day) benefit is included in the plan with the option to upgrade to $4,000 ($300/day) or $7,000 ($500/day).

Who is eligible for the Safe Travels Voyager?
U.S residents who need trip cancellation benefits for travel within the USA and internationally.

If I cancel my trip because of coronavirus, will it be covered? If you have “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage and you cancel your trip within the limits of your contract, you will be covered. If you are planning on taking a trip soon, this kind of plan is prudent in case you need to cancel your trip.

 Is the plan cancelable?
You can cancel for any reason. You may cancel the insurance by giving written consent within the first to occur of the following: (a) 10 days from the effective date of your insurance; (b) Your scheduled departure date. If you do this, the company will refund your premium paid provided no claim is under the policy.

Safe Travels Voyager Coverage 
-COVID-19 coverage included
-Optional Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) benefit
-Trip Interruption and Delay insured up to 150% of trip cost
-Emergency Medical Evacuation up to $1 million
-Trip Delay coverage (including accommodation) options of $2,000, $4,000 and $7,000

Policy Brochure

 

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COVID test Costa-Rica

If you plan to travel internationally, all travelers (including US citizens and transit passengers) must present a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. A negative test must be shown to the airlines before boarding your flight.

The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken. For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.

The requirement applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

For more information about this new order from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) click here

 

Where to get the antigen COVID test in Costa Rica?

Many private laboratories and hospitals in Costa Rica offer the PCR and Antigen COVID test for a fee. The majority guarantee results within hours.
Costs are similar to the United States and range from $65-$100 depending on the type of test needed and the service offer.
Travel insurance typically does not cover the test, as they are considered elective for people who are asymptomatic and have not had close contact.

When you travel with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, you do not travel alone. We assist our clients in providing ahead of time all the information needed on when and where to get tested to avoid any type of stress during their vacation.

In Costa Rica, there are several private laboratories that have been endorsed by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health to perform COVID antigen tests Click Here for the list. Results are guaranteed within 24 hours and an appointment is required.

Many hotels work with private laboratories that offer their service onsite to their guests for an additional cost. Travelers can call the hotel they will be staying at to request information about the certified laboratory they work with, the cost, and how to schedule the appointment.

Information needed for COVID test appointment:
• Fill out the health ministry form 24 hours prior to scheduling the appointment, select English version Click Here
• Full name, date of birth, gender, passport number, address for your lodging stay, e-mail, and phone number will be required for the form
• A code will be given to you after filling out the form. The code will be located at the bottom of the form. With the code, call your desired COVID test provider to schedule your appointment
• You can make an appointment with your selected provider by calling or via WhatsApp or Facebook. It’s easier to find English-speaking staff.

COVID test at the international airport

Both international airports, located in San Jose and Liberia, offer COVID tests in partnership with Lab Echandi for $65 per person. Travelers need to schedule the appointment at least 4 hours prior to their departure flight Click Here
If traveling with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, we will coordinate your airport pick up according to your test appointment time.

The testing site is just outside the airport in a tent located 600 meters northwest of the international flights terminal and includes a dedicated parking area. The laboratory offers a free shuttle to and from the terminal. Travelers that don’t have a rental car will need to go to the shuttle transportation service area of the airport and take the free shuttle that will take them to the testing site.

The same process is at the Liberia Airport. The laboratories also have a tent set up on the west side of the terminal building near the edge of the parking lot.

Please know that after paying, you will receive an email with the instructions about the Covid-19 test as well as the exact location of the Echandi laboratory at the airport:

Costa Rica New Requirements for entry > Read more

Testing locations
Some of these hospitals and labs have locations in different cities. Some of these providers offer the option of performing the test at the hotel or vacation property travelers are staying at.
Please know that some locations also offer drive-through testing.
Hospital Metropolitano
(San Jose/Liberia/Tamarindo/Conchal/Langosta/Portero/Quepos/Manuel Antonio)
Hospital La Católica  (San Jose)
Cima Hospital (San Jose)
Hospital Clinica Biblica (San Jose)
Hospital San Rafael Arcangel (Liberia)
Labin Laboratories (San Jose)
Lab Echandi (San Jose/La Fortuna)
Unimed Urgent Care (La Fortuna)
Clinica Mision Medica – MMI (Jaco)
Paez Laboratoties (Liberia)

 

What happens if I get COVID positive while in Costa Rica?

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, dial 1322. English-speaking operators are available.
  • If vacationing with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, travelers can call our 24/7 in-country travel support for assistance.
  • If you test positive, you will receive a health order from the Ministry of Health for mandatory 14-day quarantine stay at your hotel room or vacation home.
  • Contact your travel insurance. Your COVID travel insurance will go into effect and cover you for any possible medical expenses and extended lodging expenses at your hotel or vacation home.

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Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has had 569,000 confirmed cases, and there have been 7,343 deaths as of December 22nd, 2021. See daily statistics.

If you choose Costa Rica Dream Adventures as your trip planner, we will make sure your vacation complies with all the requirements needed.
All we want for you is to enjoy a stress-free vacation!

Your safety is important to us. Explore our new vacation protocols that go accordingly to the Costa Rica government and CDC guidelines.

Some information for this article has been collected from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website regarding the new order requiring all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country, to get a negative COVID test within 72 hours before boarding the flight.

For more information about this new order from the CDC click here

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What type of coverage is needed? How to choose the right travel insurer?

Travel Insurance Costa Rica

In an effort to reactivate the country’s economy and maintain a controlled risk of infections due to COVID-19, Costa Rica established new entry requirements.
Travelers are required to complete Costa Rica’s electronic Health Pass and purchase COVID travel insurance to enter the country.

**UPDATE* Important update (February 23, 2022)* Starting April 1, the online Health Pass form needed to enter Costa Rica and the requirement to pay for medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners will no longer be required to foreign visitors.
All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requesting proof of vaccination status. The use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice.

Until March 7th, all visitors will still be required to complete the electronic Health Pass before arrival. Tourists who are fully vaccinated and individuals aged 18 and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy. Unvaccinated individuals aged 18 and older must purchase a travel policy.

Although the travel restrictions will be lifted in April, it is recommended to all tourists to acquire an insurance policy, broad enough, that covers medical expenses and extended stay by quarantine, in the event of an eventual contagion of Covid-19.

Requirements to enter Costa Rica until March 7th:

• Complete digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
This form asks for information on travel plans and requests for proof of travel insurance. This should be completed 72 hours before arriving in Cosa Rica.
It generates a QR code that you must show upon arrival; some airlines ask for it at check-in.

Purchase travel insurance
This can be either from an international company or purchased from Costa Rican insurers. The policy must cover medical expenses or unexpected extended hotel stay due to COVID-19 for the duration of your stay in Cosa Rica.

Travel insurance requirements

• Policy must be valid for the entire stay of your visit
• If purchasing international travel insurance, the policy must cover medical expenses related to COVID of at least USD$50,000
• If purchasing from a Costa Rica insurer, the policy must cover medical expenses related to COVID for at least USD$20,000
• Policy must include coverage of USD $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to the pandemic
• Visitors will be required to submit insurance information online by filling out the epidemiological form.
• If the visitor has a foreign policy, they must upload a PDF for validation in English or Spanish
• If the visitor has from a local insurer, they can type the policy number into the form for validation

For pricing of valid travel insurance that meets the entry requirements Click Here 

Vaccination Proof requirements : 

• Acceptable vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin.
• Fully vaccinated with two doses, except for the Janssen that is one dose.
• The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
• The schemes adopted by international health authorities that combine vaccines from different pharmaceutical companies will be considered a complete vaccination scheme
• Cases in which the traveler receives a single dose after having been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be considered fully vaccinated
• Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
• For U.S. visitors Covid-19 vaccination record card will be required as proof
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine are except, however, travel medical insurance will still be required
• All visitors must complete the digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica
• Travel insurance will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults that are planning to visit Costa Rica.

 

What travel insurance offers COVID coverage?

Most travel insurance policies are designed to cover both you and the cost of your travel arrangements against a variety of unforeseeable reasons that may affect you or your travel plans.
These plans will cover you for trip cancellation or interruption; medical emergencies; baggage (loss, damage, or delay) or travel delay, and much more.

Regular travel policies do not cover you:
1. If you decide not to travel due to the fear
2. If the area you are planning to visit gets shut down due to a second COVID-19 surge.
3. If you travel somewhere that the State Department has deemed unsafe.
4. A pre-existing medical condition you have before your trip.

Even though your travel policy may cover most of the entry requirements established by Costa Rica, not all of them include the $2,000 minimum lodging extended stay due to COVID.
We recommend you speak with an insurance representative or review the policy documentation carefully to make sure you are meeting all the requirements before your trip.
Passengers who fail to comply with the Costa Rica entry requirements may not enter the country.

Safe Travels Voyager COVID Insurance 

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica during the pandemic, be sure to add travel medical insurance that can help with medical costs if you contract COVID-19 while traveling.
Safe Travels Voyager meets all the insurance requirements for visitors to Costa Rica. This plan offers robust coverage for COVID-19, trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip cancellation, missed connections, medical evacuation, and more. Safe Travelers Voyager is the perfect companion for any traveler to Costa Rica.

Why Safe Travels Voyager?
This well-rounded plan includes benefits for COVID-19, emergency evacuation, and more. Safe Travels Voyager meets the extended lodging requirement by offering a trip delay benefit which includes accommodation. The $2,000 ($150/day) benefit is included in the plan with the option to upgrade to $4,000 ($300/day) or $7,000 ($500/day).

Who is eligible for the Safe Travels Voyager?
U.S residents who need trip cancellation benefits for travel within the USA and internationally.

If I cancel my trip because of coronavirus, will it be covered? If you have “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage and you cancel your trip within the limits of your contract, you will be covered. If you are planning on taking a trip in the near future, this kind of plan is prudent in case you need to cancel your trip.

 Is the plan cancelable?
You can cancel for any reason. You may cancel the insurance by giving written consent within the first to occur of the following: (a) 10 days from the effective date of your insurance; (b) Your scheduled departure date. If you do this, the company will refund your premium paid provided no claim is under the policy.

Safe Travels Voyager Coverage 
-COVID-19 coverage included
-Optional Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) benefit
-Trip Interruption and Delay insured up to 150% of trip cost
-Emergency Medical Evacuation up to $1 million
-Trip Delay coverage (including accommodation) options of $2,000, $4,000 and $7,000

Policy Brochure

What type of coverage is offered by Costa Rica travel Insurers?

There are two insurers that have been authorized by the Costa Rica government, Sagicor of Costa Rica and National Insurance Institute (INS).
Their policies are pre-approved and guaranteed to be accepted by Costa Rican authorities.
Premiums vary according to age, the number of travelers, and the days of stay in the country. Prices range from $11 to $21 per person. Coverage includes accident, sickness including COVID-19, lodging expenses in case of isolation, among others.
To access these Costa Rica insurers online visit Sagicor or INS for purchase.

For any questions about the insurance policy requirements or to verify if your policy meets the requirements, email the Tourism Board at seguros@ict.go.cr

Costa Rica Dream Adventures COVID-19 related cancelation policies:

In the event that passengers are forced to cancel their trip for reasons related to the Covid-19  such as border closures in both the United States and/or  Costa Rica that prevent them from flying, or in the eventuality that they become ill with COVID-19 that prevents them from leaving their place of residence (positive lab test and medical report is required), travel dates may be changed without any penalty up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled arrival date Costa Rica. A voucher with the total value of the trip will be issued and will be valid for one year from the time the voucher was issued. Terms of Travel

Due to these uncertain times, Costa Rica Dream Adventures strongly recommends getting travel insurance, and if possible, canceling for any reason benefits to enjoy stress-free vacation planning.

If you choose Costa Rica Dream Adventures as your trip planner, we will make sure your vacation complies with all the requirements needed.
All we want for you is to enjoy a stress-free vacation!

Your safety is important to us. Explore our vacation protocols that go accordingly to the Costa Rica government and CDC guidelines.

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Have a travel question? Reach us out via FacebookTwitter and we will answer your questions!

What to expect from your visit during the pandemic?

Costa Rica announced the reopening of its border to all foreign visitors on November 1st, 2020.
In an effort to reactivate the country’s economy and maintain a controlled risk of infections due to COVID-19, Costa Rica established new entry requirements.

**UPDATE* Important update (February 23, 2022)* Starting April 1, the online Health Pass form needed to enter Costa Rica and the requirement to pay for medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners will no longer be required to foreign visitors. However, it is recommended to all tourists to acquire an insurance policy, broad enough, that covers medical expenses and extended stay by quarantine, in the event of an eventual contagion of Covid-19.

Visitors will be still required to complete the electronic Health Pass 72 hours before arriving in Costa Rica until March 7th,2022.

Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has had 569,000 confirmed cases, and 7,343 deaths as of December 22nd, 2021. See daily statistics

If you are considering visiting Costa Rica, here are six important things to know before planning your vacation.

1. What countries are allowed to enter?
• As of November 1: Costa Rica re-enables its air border to all countries in the world as long as they meet the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.
• As of Sept. 1, private flights from the United States will also be allowed to enter Costa Rica.
• Passengers and crew members of yachts and sailboats must meet the same entry requirements as those issued to passengers entering by air on August 1.

2. Entry Requirements until March 7th
• Complete digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
Travel insurance – international or purchased through authorized Costa Rica insurer that covers medical care, or an unexpected extended hotel stay due to COVID-19.
More details on the type of coverage needed here 
• For travel insurance pricing Click Here  
• Travelers opting for foreign travel insurance must demonstrate pdf proof in English or Spanish; coverage for medical expenses for at least $50,000 and a minimum of $2,000 for extended stay expenses.
• As of August 1, 2021, all tourists under 18 years of age can enter the country without a travel policy. All tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.
• Face masks in all indoor circumstances are mandatory. The only exceptions are at restaurants and all open-air tourism activities.


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3. Vaccination Proof requirements until March 7th, 2022:  
• Acceptable vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin.
• Fully vaccinated with two doses, except for the Janssen that is one dose.
• The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
• The schemes adopted by international health authorities that combine vaccines from different pharmaceutical companies will be considered a complete vaccination scheme
• Cases in which the traveler receives a single dose after having been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be considered fully vaccinated
• Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
• For U.S. visitors Covid-19 vaccination record card will be required as proof
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine are except, however, travel medical insurance will still be required
• Minors that are 17 years old or under will not be required to present proof of vaccination (until February 1st, 2022)
• All visitors must complete the digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica
• Travel insurance will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults that are planning to visit Costa Rica.

4. Can unvaccinated tourists enter the country?

Yes. Until March 7th, tourists who are not fully vaccinated, or who have vaccines that have not been endorsed by WHO or a strict regulatory agency, will be able to enter the country. If they are over 18 years of age, they must complete the Health Pass and purchase a travel policy valid for at least five days that covers accommodations and medical expenses in the event of COVID-19.

5. As of March 7:
• Vehicle restrictions are eliminated
• The voluntary proof of vaccination status continues for stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, and social events are maintained.
• For nightclubs, the capacity can be 100% when requesting proof of vaccination and 50% without requesting proof of vaccination.

As of April 1
• For all tourists coming to Costa Rica, the health pass and the insurance requirement for unvaccinated foreigners will be eliminated
• All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requiring to show vaccination status
• The use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice

6. Where to get the COVID test in Costa Rica

If you plan to travel internationally, all travelers (including US citizens and transit passengers) must present a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. A negative test must be shown to the airlines before boarding your flight. The requirement applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US.

Many private laboratories and hospitals in Costa Rica offer the PCR and Antigen COVID test for a fee. The majority guarantee results within hours. Costs are similar to the United States and range from $65-$100 depending on the type of test needed and the service offer.
Travel insurance typically does not cover the test, as they are considered elective for people who are asymptomatic and have not had close contact.

When you travel with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, you do not travel alone. We assist our clients in providing ahead of time all the information needed on when and where to get tested to avoid any type of stress during their vacation.

Read the full article here Where to get the COVID test in Costa Rica?

 

Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has had 569,000 confirmed cases, and there have been 7,343 deaths as of December 22nd, 2021. See daily statistics.

 

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Ready to meet again! Costa Rica is ready to welcome tourists from the U.S. and Canada. What are the New Entry Requirements?

Customized Costa Rica Vacations

Costa Rica announced the reopening of its border to all foreign visitors on November 1st,2020.
The country began the first phase of its reopening on August 1st after almost 5 months of closure due to the pandemic. Since that day, the country has seen an increase in foreign tourists, according to data from the Tourism Board (ICT).

**UPDATE* Important update (February 23, 2022)* Starting April 1, the online Health Pass form needed to enter Costa Rica and the requirement to pay for medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners will no longer be required to foreign visitors. However, it is recommended to all tourists to acquire an insurance policy, broad enough, that covers medical expenses and extended stay by quarantine, in the event of an eventual contagion of Covid-19.

All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requesting proof of vaccination status. Although the health measures will undergo some changes, the use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice.

Until March 7th, all visitors will still be required to complete the electronic Health Pass before arrival.
Tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and individuals aged 18 and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days prior to arrival in Costa Rica. Vaccinated tourists must attach their vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.

Unvaccinated individuals aged 18 and older must purchase a travel policy with a duration equal to the period of stay in the country, with the exception of passengers in transit, whose minimum validity is five days that covers, at least, medical expenses generated by Covid-19 and lodging expenses due to quarantine.

If you are planning to visit Costa Rica soon, here is what you need to know:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS UNTIL MARCH 7:
•  Travelers must complete an epidemiological survey
Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay due to COVID-19 is required for nonvaccinated travelers. This policy can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers.
• Travelers opting for foreign travel insurance must demonstrate proof that their policy is valid for their visit to Costa Rica; covers medical expenses for at least $50,000 and a minimum of $2,000 for extended stay expenses. For more details about the type of coverage needed click here 
Click here for Travel Insurance prices
• COVID negative test or quarantine upon arrival is not required to enter the country but proof of vaccination for visitors 18 years old or older is necessary to enter public places.
• Minors and individuals that are 18 years old and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy.
• Starting January 8th, 2022, hotels and public places will require proof of vaccination to all visitors, including international tourists. Minors that are 18 years old or under are exempt from this requirement until February 1st, 2022. Tourists will use the QR code provided when completing the health pass form for entry or show a physical vaccine card issued abroad to demonstrate their full vaccination status.
• Face coverings or face shields in all indoor circumstances. The only exceptions are at restaurants and all open-air tourism activities.

COSTA RICA VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORSUNTIL MARCH 7:

• Acceptable vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin.
• Fully vaccinated with two doses, except for the Janssen that is one dose.
• The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
• The schemes adopted by international health authorities that combine vaccines from different pharmaceutical companies will be considered a complete vaccination scheme
• Cases in which the traveler receives a single dose after having been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be considered fully vaccinated
• Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number.
• For U.S. visitors Covid-19 vaccination record card will be required as proof
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine are except, however, travel medical insurance will still be required
• Minors that are 17 years old or under will not be required to present proof of vaccination (until February 1st, 2022)
• All visitors must complete the digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
• Tourists who have a medical condition, duly accredited, that make it impossible to apply any vaccine approved by the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica
• Travel insurance will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults that are planning to visit Costa Rica.
• Travel insurance will continue to be required for unvaccinated adults are visiting Costa Rica.

As of March 7:

• Vehicle restrictions are eliminated
• The voluntary proof of vaccination status continues for stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, and social events are maintained.
• For nightclubs, the capacity can be 100% when requesting proof of vaccination and 50% without requesting proof of vaccination.

As of April 1

• For all tourists coming to Costa Rica, the health pass and the insurance requirement for unvaccinated foreigners will be eliminated
• All activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requiring to show vaccination status
• The use of a facemask will stay in place until further notice

  • 6 Things To Know Before Visiting Costa Rica –Learn More

 

WHERE TO GET THE COVID TEST IN COSTA RICA

If you plan to travel internationally, all travelers (including US citizens and transit passengers) must present a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. A negative test must be shown to the airlines before boarding your flight. The requirement applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US.

Many private laboratories and hospitals in Costa Rica offer the PCR and Antigen COVID test for a fee. The majority guarantee results within 24 hours.
Costs are similar to the United States and range from $65-$100 depending on the location where the travelers are located.

When you travel with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, you do not travel alone. We assist our clients in providing ahead of time all the information needed on when and where to get tested to avoid any type of stress during their vacation.

For more information on the laboratories that offer the antigen, COVID test click here

VACATION PLANNING FOR 2022
Travelers nowadays are seeking more flexible policies to embark themselves into a new way of traveling during COVID-19. Great pricing and the possibility of shifting travel plans without penalties are what people are searching for to get their longed-for vacation.
Costa Rica Dream Adventures (CRDA) understands that it’s no longer easy to decide on the best destination, While travel restrictions begin to ease, seeking new adventures that reconnect you with nature will be among the top vacation ideas among travelers.

Anticipating a dream vacation today could be highly beneficial. You can secure your vacation with just a $100 deposit and pay the final amount 35 days before departure. Monthly installment payment plans are also available.

All Costa Rica Dream Adventures Vacation Packages are fully customizable. CRDA has a second office in San Jose, Costa Rica that offers 24/7 in-country travel assistance. Travelers can feel safe knowing that there will always be someone to reach out to for in-country travel assistance.
Find balance, reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, Costa Rica will welcome you with open arms and the warmth and kindness of our people.

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( May 3rd, 2020).- While in other parts of the world the coronavirus pandemic has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands, the Costa Rica government approach to the crisis may be paying off. Several renowned magazines have highlighted Costa Rica as a destination to consider once the Coronavirus crisis is over.
Health Minister, Daniel Salas, announced on June 26th, 2020 that the Central American country will open its borders to foreign tourists on August 1, 2020. Both international airports will resume operations, Juan Santamaría International Airport, near San José, and Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The country will allow tourists from countries that have “controlled transmission” of coronavirus, said Minister Salas. As of today June 30th, the list of countries has not yet been decided.
“We will announce that with more detail in an appropriate moment. It will go hand-in-hand with what other countries, such as European ones, are managing”, stated Mr. Salas
In 2019, Costa Rica welcomed 3.1 million foreign visitors. More than 1.3 million tourists came from the United States, nearly 235,000 from Canada, and more than 500,000 people arrived from Europe.

NEW REQUIREMENTS
• Complete digital epidemiological form “Health Pass”
• Negative PCR coronavirus test. The test must be taken 72 hours before arrival
• Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification that they live in one of the authorized states. This requirement excludes children traveling with their families
• Travel insurance – international or purchased through the National Insurance Institute of Costa Rica- that covers medical care for at least $50,000, and unexpected extended hotel stay due to COVID-19 of at least $2,000. For more details about the best travel insurance coverage click here 
• Face masks in all indoor circumstances are mandatory. The only exceptions are at restaurants and all open-air tourism activities

AIRPORT PROTOCOLS
• Everyone who enters the airport will be obligated to wear a face mask
• Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter the airport, and they must pass a temperature check at the entrance.
• Disinfecting carpets will be installed at the airport entrances.
• Clear barriers will separate passengers from the ticket counters.
• Boarding will be conducted in small groups, from the back of the plane to the front.
• Markers will encourage proper distancing in all areas where agglomerations typically form, including at security and baggage claim.

ACTIVE CASES

Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has 3,130 confirmed cases. 1,366 people have recovered so far, and there have been 15 deaths as of June 29th, 2020. See daily statistics. About half of the coronavirus cases are in the province of San José.

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Click on image for updated COVID-19 chart progression

Since May 1st, the country started to reopen its economy and lifting some COVID-19 restrictions as the number of active infections declined for more than 11 consecutive days.
On May 11th, the country defined the reopening measures by laying out a 4-phase plan that will be carried out between May and August.

Phase 1 (May 16 to May 31)
• National Parks at 50% capacity with previous purchase of tickets online.
• Beaches can open from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. during the week.
• Non-contact sports are fully permitted,
• Hotels of maximum 20 rooms can open at 50% capacity.
• Driving curfew also extended to 10 p.m. on weekdays

Phase 2 (June 1 to June 20)
• All hotels at 50% capacity.
• Restaurants, including on weekends, at 50% capacity.
• Museums at 50% capacity. (Prior ticket purchase is required.)
• Event halls with a maximum of 30 people or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller.
• Gyms and swim schools at 50% capacity (was previously 25%).
• Art academies without physical contact

Phase 3 (June 21 to July 11)
• Stores can open on weekends at 50% capacity
• Cinemas, theaters, and museums open during weekends at 50% capacity
• Places of worship may reopen with a maximum of 75 people.
• Bars may open Monday to Friday at 50% capacity.
• Sporting centers without physical contact may operate at 50% capacity

Phase 4 (July 12 to August 1)
• Places of worship capacity to a maximum of 100 people.
• Beach access hours will be extended

For more details about 4 phase reopening click here

TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all other communicable diseases such as flu, colds, etc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all persons follow respiratory hygiene etiquette measures, including:
– Stay home and avoid travel when you are sick
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
– If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean your hands
– Always wear socks when traveling, so if you need to remove your footwear for TSA screening you are not barefoot
– Place items from your pockets inside your carry-on bag before arriving at the TSA screening checkpoint to reduce your contact with surfaces and screening bins

FLIGHT OPERATIONS

Some of the major airline carriers have announced limited flights to the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is the latest information for flights to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Click Here

Delta Airlines will resume operations from Atlanta on August 1st
United Airlines is continuing its Houston/SJO on August 1st
American Airlines will resume operations from Miami on August 5th
JetBlue will resume operations from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale on August 1st
Spirit Airlines will resume operations from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale on August 1st
Southwest has suspended flights to Costa Rica until 2021.
Air Canada will resume operations in September

BEST TRAVEL DESTINATION

As of today, and due to the low number of cases and fatalities, Costa Rica is positioning as one of the safest countries in the world to visit after the crisis. Multiple renowned international media such as Lonely Planet, The Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Matador Network, Canadian Traveler, Profession Voyages, Forbes, among others, have highlighted Costa Rica as a destination to consider once the Coronavirus crisis is over.
María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica stated: ‘Costa Rica has earned a decades-long reputation in the world as a favorite tourist destination, and this reputation must be taken care of as we plan how to reactivate our tourism sector to get it out of this unprecedented crisis’.
Costa Rica is the world leader in nature tourism and the second in adventure tourism, according to the World Economic Forum.

VACATION PLANNING FOR 2021?

Travelers nowadays are seeking for flexible travel policies in the occurrence of a possible second wave of COVID-19. They do not want to be penalized for a possible cancelation and at the same time want to take advantage of the lowest rates airlines and hotels are offering.

Even though the amount of tourism for 2020 is uncertain, the travel industry is optimistic for travel to resume in 2021 or even before during the holidays.

Costa Rica Dream Adventures (CRDA) understands that for travelers, it is no longer easy to decide on their next vacation, but today anticipating a dream trip could be highly beneficial. A 3 to 5-hour flight from the U.S. can take anxious vacationers to paradise and reconnect with nature, after months of uncertainty and stress.

The U.S. based Tour Operator that sells exclusively Costa Rica custom vacations, is offering NO CHANGE FEES on all their travel packages. Travelers can change their travel dates up to 30 days before departure.
Payment plans have also changed. Clients will have the option of submitting a deposit and pay the final balance due 35 days before departure. Monthly installment payment plans are also available.

All Costa Rica Dream Adventures Vacation Packages are fully customizable and 2021 rates are now available for future travel plans. CRDA has a second office in San Jose, Costa Rica that offers 24/7 in-country travel assistance. Travelers can feel safe to know there will be always someone to reach out for assistance.

Without a doubt, Costa Rica is a great destination to visit after the crisis. Find balance, reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, Costa Rica will welcome you with open arms and the warmth and kindness of our people.

 

We’re ready when you are!

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How to change your booked air ticket online

Most major airlines are waiving their cancelation and change penalties fees amid coronavirus uncertainty. This allows travelers to keep a nonrefundable ticket with validation of a year to rebook later, regardless of when they bought the ticket. Customers can also change destinations but would have to pay a difference in fares.
These waivers cover passengers who purchased tickets through May 31, two months longer than previous plans. Southwest is the only airline that never charges customers a fee to change or cancel their flight.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR AIR TICKET ONLINE?
If you have bought tickets for spring break vacation or recently purchase tickets early this year, here are some details on how to cancel or modify your issued air tickets online.

DELTA AIRLINES

Modify Flight
• To change your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on “Modify Flight”.
• Choose “Start Flight Change” and select which flight you would like to change to search for a new flight.
• The change fee will display initially, however, once you select your new itinerary the change fee will be waived prior to checkout.
• Note, the change fee will be waived, however, a difference in fare may apply.

Cancel Your Flight
You may cancel your flight and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original issue date. The change fee will be waived; however fare difference will apply for new travel dates and will be collected at the time of booking the new ticket.
• Visit My Trips on delta.com
• Click on “Modify Flight” select your new dates
• Choose “Start Flight Cancelation”

Conditions & Restrictions
• Delta is waiving all change fees for travel impacted by coronavirus. This applies to all U.S. domestic and international travel departing in March or April 2020, international flights departing in May 2020, as well as all tickets purchased in March 2020. 
• You can move your travel dates and even select a new destination.
• You can cancel and/or change travel by December 31, 2020, or your ticket expiration date.
• Your unused ticket will be applied toward your new flight, and in some instances, a fare difference will apply.
• If the new fare is lower, you will receive an eCredit for the difference. If the new fare is higher, the difference will be collected.
• Even if you’re not able to reach Delta before your departure  and  don’t take your flight, all changes will be processed, and your ticket number automatically becomes an unused  eCredit within 24 hours.

AMERICAN AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
Here’s how: click on Find your trip
If your trip is eligible, you’ll see ‘Change trip’ or ‘Cancel trip’ in the top toolbar
To select new dates, click on ‘Yes, I want to change this flight’

Call to rebook
After you cancel your trip online, please call Reservations when you’re ready to rebook.
You’ll need:
• Your ticket number (American tickets have a 13-digit number that begins with ’001’)
• Your 6-character confirmation (also called a ‘Record Locator’)
Contact Reservations

Conditions & Restrictions
No change fee if you bought your ticket before March 1, 2020.
The change fee is waived if you:
• Booked an American Airlines flight
• Bought your ticket on or before March 1, 2020
• Are scheduled to travel March 1 – May 31, 2020
• Can travel March 1 – December 31, 2020 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier. Keep in mind, you may owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip.

Change your trip or cancel and rebook later. You’re allowed to make changes to your trip once. You can change it now or cancel and rebook later.
Keep in mind: Travel must start by December 31, 2020 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier. The change fee will be waived but you may still owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip.

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UNITED AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
Visit My Trips
Select ‘Change flight’ or ‘Cancel flight’
If modifying dates, select ‘Edit’ and choose your new travel dates

Conditions & Restrictions
• All change fees waived for tickets issued on or before March 2, 2020.
• New tickets must be reissued on/before December 31, 2020 or 12 months from original ticket date, whichever is earlier.
• Rebooked travel must commence within 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
• For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.

ALASKA AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
• Visit ‘Manage trip
• Input your last name and confirmation code
• Select ‘Change’ or ‘Cancel’
• Select passengers and click on ‘make changes to this trip’ or ‘use the value of this trip to purchase a new trip’

Conditions & Restrictions
• No change or cancellation fees for tickets purchased before February 26, 2020. New tickets purchased between February 27 and March 31, 2020
• If you used miles to purchase your ticket, for travel in March, we’ll re-deposit the miles in your Mileage Plan account. If you used a companion certificate, for travel in March, companion certificate will be reissued for future travel.

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JETBLUE

Modify or Cancel Flight
• Visit ‘My Trips’ and click on ‘Manage trip
• Input your last name and confirmation code
• Select ‘Change flight’ or ‘Cancel flight’
• Select passengers and click on ‘make changes to this trip’ or ‘use the value of this trip to purchase a new trip’

Conditions & Restrictions
• Flexible travel policy for tickets purchased on or before February 26, 2020. Original Travel Dates: March 9, 2020 – May 31, 2020. New Travel Dates: March 9, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
• Flexible travel policy for tickets purchased between February 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020. Original Travel Dates: February 27, 2020 – February 28, 2021. New Travel Dates: February 27, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

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Delta Airlines aircraft fogging enhances

TAKE THESE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF WHILE TRAVELING

Are you still considering continuing with your travel plans? If the answer is YES, you should be aware of the new airline’s procedures against coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow the recommendations of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay healthy while traveling.

AT THE AIRPORT

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Wash your hands after using the restroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Try to avoid using the touch-screen kiosk at the airport. Use your flight app on your phone to check-in.
• Delta offers an International Biometric Boarding based on a photo and facial recognition. No fingerprint scan necessary.
• Take disinfectant wipes (EPA approved) to wipe down common surfaces inside our airport terminals.
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Airlines are deploying hand sanitizer to all boarding gates.

DURING YOUR FLIGHT

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom.
• Ensure regular disinfection of your seat, seatback pockets, armrests, tray table, and in-flight entertainment system. Use disinfectant wipes (EPA approved).
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Request refills of drinks in a new cup.
• Travelers may now see flight attendants wearing gloves during food and beverage service and pick-up in all cabins.
• Major airlines aircrafts are equipped with high-efficiency HEPA air filters that capture 99.9% of particles (bacteria, fungi, and larger viruses or virus clumps) 0.1–0.3 micrometers in diameter. The recirculated air passes through a series of filters 20–30 times per hour.
• Airlines are implementing sanitation procedures of their tableware, dishes, cutlery, and glassware.
• Fogging procedures in aircrafts that disinfect surface areas and are highly effective against many communicable diseases, including coronaviruses.
• Onboard amenities kits provided by airlines which contain hand cleansers and cleansing towelettes.

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High efficiency particulate air filters

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

AFTER LANDING

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content is a good secondary option.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Visit CDC for information about travel and coronavirus