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COVID in Costa Rica
Updated October 31, 2021

The number of new COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths has been declining rapidly for the last two months.   Over half of the 5 million population has been fully vaccinated.  Consistent with the rest of the world, the majority of the new COVID cases have been with those that have not been vaccinated.

Entry Requirements

There are strict entry requirements for entering Costa Rica due to the COVID pandemic:

You must complete an online health form no more then 48 hours prior to arrival in Costa Rica.  Once complete, you will receive a QR code via email that must be provided to Costa Rican Immigration.

If you are vaccinated then you must upload a photo of your vaccination record to the health form.  The last dose of vaccine may not be received less than 14 days prior to travel.

Acceptable vaccines are as follows:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer & BioNTech

If you are not vaccinated then you must buy insurance that covers you during the duration of your stay.  The insurance policy must cover a minimum of $50,000 USD towards medical expenses and a minimum of $2000 USD to cover lodging expenses.

Insurance must be obtained from one of the following providers:

If you already have a qualified International insurance policy that contains COVID coverage, you must obtain a letter from your insurance provider for each person travelling, in English or Spanish, that states the validity of the policy during the dates that you will be in Costa Rica and also a statement that specifies the aforementioned minimum coverage requirements amounts.

Temporary and Permanent residents may satisfy the insurance with proof of up to date CAJA payments (Costa Rica mandatory health care) plus proof of a place that you reside (rental agreement, home ownership).

There are currently no COVID test requirements for entering Costa Rica.

All land borders have been reopened.  You may enter via land, air or ship.

Driving Restrictions

As of November 1, 2021, all COVID implemented driving restrictions by day of the week/last digit of license plate are eliminated.

Driving will still be prohibited between the hours of 11pm and 5am on all days until further notice.  Exceptions to this are driving a rental car, traveling to/from a hotel, hospital, airport or your place of employment.  If you are driving to/from work, you must have a letter from your employer.  If you have a rental car, you must provide the rental agreement.  If you are going to, or leaving, your hotel, you must provide a copy of the reservation.

The standard, pre-COVID, daily restrictions by plate number in the downtown San Jose area, in order to reduce traffic congestion, will remain in effect.

Group Gatherings

Starting January 8, 2022, restaurants, bars, places of worship and other public events will have two choices.  1) Continue to operate at 50% reduced capacity with no entry requirements or 2) operate at 100% capacity and require that all people provide a QR code certifying that they have been vaccinated.  Details on how to obtain this QR code will be provided at a later time.

Beach hours will remain between 5am and 8pm.