New Entry Travel Requirements for Costa Rica

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Costa Rica announced the reopening of its border to all foreign visitors starting 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).

In order to visit the Central American county and to maintain a low risk of infections due to coronavirus, Costa Rica established new entry requirements for all foreign visitors.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
•  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 
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• 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 VISITORS:

• 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.

 

AIRPORT PROTOCOLS
• Mandatory use of face masks or face shields
• Social distancing. Markers will encourage proper distancing in all areas
• Thermal scans upon arrival. At least five cameras will take the temperature of the visitors on their way to the immigration area.
• Passengers must complete an Epidemiological form
• Disinfected carpets installed at the entrances and sanitized every 3 hours
• Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available to all travelers at ticket counters, immigration checkpoints, and other parts of the airport
• Clear barriers will separate passengers from the ticket counters, customs, and payment points.
• Cleaning will be reinforced in the terminal, as well as in common areas.
• Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter the airport
• Boarding will be conducted in small groups, from the back of the plane to the front.

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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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