Costa Rica Travel and Entry Requirements

UPDATE

Today, Costa Rica announced that beginning on November 1, all citizens of the United States would be allowed to return to Costa Rica regardless of the state you reside in.

This is fantastic news for our country and especially for the people who rely on tourism.  Since Costa Rica began opening the airports, there have not been any Covid-19 viruses associated with any tourists.


Costa Rica began to allow select international travelers to return to the following three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Liberia, and Tobías Bolaños Airport, located in Pavas.

  • Authorized states: Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wyoming, California, Ohio, District of Columbia,
  • Authorized countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Luxembourg, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, Thailand, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Uruguay, China, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Austria, Bulgari, Croatia, Czech Republic, Republic of Estonia, France Hungary, Iceland, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, The Republic of San Marino., Singapore, Slovenia, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Jamaica,  Mexico, and Vatican City,
  • As of October 15: USA: Florida, Texas, and Georgia will be allowed into  Costa Rica.
  • As of November 1: USA: All of the United States are allowed to reenter Costa Rica.

Requirements for Entering Costa Rica

Tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica via a flight must comply with these requirements:

  • Complete the online “Health Pass” epidemiological form: electronic epidemiological Heath Pass –  https://salud.go.cr.
  • Supply proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test for the coronavirus. The test has to be no more than 72 hours before departure. You can check your U.S. testing sites here. Canada’s larger airlines are offering FREE COVID Tests, as stated THE STAR.
  • You will need an International travel insurance. The insurance can be either a pre-approved Costa Rican policy from INS or Sagicor, or with All Insurance Costa Rica., an international policy that covers COVID-19 medical expenses of at least $50,000 and $2,000 for lodging.

Private Flights Coming into Costa Rica

As of September 1, private flights from the U.S. are being allowed to enter Costa Rica. All passengers on private flights will be required to follow the same protocol as above,

If you arrive from a state or country which is not on the list, you must receive approval from the Ministry of Health and the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners. (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería).

The following information is required:

  • Passengers full names
  • Age and Nationalities
  • Copy of the Photo page of each passengers passport
  • Arrival date, Departure Airport, and flight information

Flight Information

  • United Airlines is now offering regular commercial flights from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) to Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber  Quiros Airport in Liberia (LIR).  United is also offering daily service from Houston (IAH) to San Jose (SJO) and once weekly service from Houston (IAH) to Liberia (LIR).  For a schedule of flight dates, times, and prices, please visit www.united.com.  American Airlines is now offering regular commercial flights between San Jose (SJO) and Dallas (DFW).  American Airlines is also offering regular commercial flights between San Jose (SJO) and Miami (MIA).  For more information on schedule and pricing, please visit www.aa.com.
  • Spirit Airlines is now offering commercial flights between San Jose (SJO) and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL). Please visit www.spirit.com for more information on flight schedules and pricing.
  • Delta Airlines currently plans to begin offering commercial flights between Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) and Atlanta (ATL) as of November 2.  Delta also plans to provide service from Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport in Liberia (LIR) to Atlanta (ATL) on November 2.  Please visit www.delta.com for more information on flight schedules and pricing.
  • These commercial flights are open to public booking.  Policies regarding luggage allowances and seating arrangements will be managed by the respective airlines.  Please visit www.united.comwww.spirit.comwww.delta.com, and www.aa.com  for further information regarding availability and connections.  The cost of these flights will be based on the passenger’s final destinations.  These prices are set by the airlines.

Traveling with Pets

  • Passengers traveling with pets and Emotional Support or Service Animals will need to consult with United, Spirit, Delta, and American regarding additional fees and space availability.  United Airlines does not allow pets to travel as cargo.   Proper documentation and veterinary certificates will be required.  Please visit the airline websites for more information.  For more information on requirements for pets to enter the United States, please click on  this link.

The above information was gathered from the U.S. Embassy, Tico Times, and Visit Costa Rica.

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