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COVID in Costa Rica
Updated March 5, 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/5/22 - Costa Rica will drop all entry requirements for QR code and COVID insurance when entering the country on April 1, 2022.  In addition, restaurants, places of gathering and other venues can operated at 100% capacity regardless of vaccination status starting April 1.  Until then, the requirements below remain in effect.

The number of new COVID cases continue to rapidly decline from the recent Omicron spike.   Over 2/3 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.

The United States recently issued a level 4 travel alert to Costa Rica based on increased COVID cases and crime.  I have lived here for three years and don't understand the justification, especially given what is currently going on in the United States.  Costa Rica to me seems much less risky.  As with traveling to any country in the world, take precautions and use common sense and the odds are you will be fine.

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:

Important ! - If you purchase 14 days of insurance, your passport visa stamp will be noted the same and you must leave the country at the 14 day mark.

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 traveling, 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 midnight 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 driving restrictions by license plate number in the downtown San Jose area know as the "ring", will remain in effect, in order to reduce traffic congestion.