COVID-19 Restrictions and Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens

UPDATE – October 3, 2020

The Ministry of Health expanded the list of states from which tourists can enter Costa Rica. As of October 1, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, California, and Ohio are allowed to enter Costa Rica.

As of October 15, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of Florida, Georgia, and Texas will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.

As of November 1, U.S. citizen tourists from all 50 U.S. States and Washington D.C. will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.

Tourists from these states — or from an authorized country, such as Canada — can fly from an authorized state through a non-authorized state en route to Costa Rica (as of Nov 1st all states are authorized). The maximum layover time in the non-authorized state is 18 hours, and the traveler cannot leave the airport. Tourists coming from anywhere but the United States must have remained in an authorized country for at least 14 days before travel.

U.S. citizens from authorized states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. U.S. tourists must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states. No forms of documentation establishing residency in these select states other than a valid driver’s license or State ID card will be accepted at this time. Accompanying minors are not required to have a driver’s license. For an English language summary of these requirements, please visit this link.

The Ministry of Health has also modified entry requirements from U.S. citizen tourists. As of September 1, U.S. citizens from authorized states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. U.S. tourists must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states. No forms of documentation establishing residency in these select states other than a valid driver’s license or State ID card will be accepted at this time.

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