Where to get the COVID test in Costa Rica?

COVID test Costa-Rica

Starting on January 26th, all travelers (including US citizens and transit passengers) must present a negative COVID-19 viral or antigen test result issued three days prior to departure or have evidence of having contracted and recovered from COVID-19 prior to boarding the plane.


• All air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
• Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of attestation. Click Here
• 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 COVID test for a fee. The majority guarantee results within 48 hours.
Costs are similar to the United States and range from $100-$150 depending on the location where the travelers are located.
Ninety-seven labs now also offer antigen testing for travelers in Costa Rica. Antigen tests meet United States entry requirements, but not Canada’s. Most countries, including the U.S. and Canada, accept PCR tests.
Antigen tests are about $60. 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 making all the arrangements to get tested in the comfort of their hotel and guarantee the results within 48 hours. An appointment is required. Our representatives will assist you in collecting the information needed to schedule your appointment.

Information needed for COVID test appointment:
• Fill out the health ministry form 24 hours prior to schedule the appointment, select English version Click Here
• If traveling with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, we will assist you in filling out the form
• 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.
• If traveling with Costa Rica Dream Adventures, we will make the appointment for you
• The results will be emailed to you within 48 hours

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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 offering 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)

Aiport Testing Site
There is also an option to get tested at the San Jose or Liberia International airport 4 hours prior to departure. Lab Echandi in partnership with Morpho Travel Detail is offering rapid test and antigen tests with results giving in less than an hour.
The cost is $65pp for the antigen test and $99pp for the PCR next Day Test. The test must be book with at least 4 hours prior to your flight.
Payment can be made online via credit card. After paying, you will receive an email with the instructions about the COVID 19- test as well as the exact address of the Echandi laboratory.
For more information Click Here 


How to use WhatsApp?
Download the app to your phone. Add the number of the hospital or laboratory in your phone contacts starting with the 011-506 and then the phone number. Go to the WhatsApp application and send a new message selecting the Costa Rica phone number saved in your phone.

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 186,000 confirmed cases; 142,000 people have recovered so far, and there have been 2,458 deaths as of January 19th, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions? Answered by the CDC
This information has been collected from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website regarding the new order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country, to get a negative COVID test within 72 hours before boarding the flight.

Does this requirement apply to US citizens?
This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.


Why does the Order specify 3 days rather than 72 hours? What is considered 3 days?The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered.For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.
What is an attestation?
An attestation is a statement, writing, entry, or other representation under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 that confirms that the information provided is true.  

What types of SARS-CoV-2 test are acceptable under the Order?Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Available NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 include reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR), and helicase-dependent amplification (HDA). The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered. A viral test conducted for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, including DOD contractors, dependents, and other U.S. government employees, and tested by a DOD laboratory located in a foreign country also meets the requirements of the Order.

Can I get a rapid test?Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are a viral test acceptable under the Order.

What is a verifiable test result?
A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show the test was done within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result must show the test was done within the 3 months before the flight.

What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?
If you recently recovered from COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms.
If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

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

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