Costa Rica welcomes some international travellers


Those allowed into Costa Rica from 1 August are:

  • Citizens and residents of the European Union (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • Citizens and residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
  • Citizens and residents of Canada.

With over 145,000 COVID-19 related deaths in America, Costa Rica will not be allowing commercial flights from the USA or tourists from the USA due to the extremely high risk. The chance of this changing for months is low. In 2019, 1.3 million tourists went to Costa Rica from the USA.

The entry requirements for international travellers include:

  • An epidemiological survey.
  • Proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within 48 hours before travel to Costa Rica.
  • Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay.
  • All airport and local health protocols are followed. This includes wearing a mask or face shield in nearly all indoor circumstances. 

This re-opening is likely to restart medical tourism only marginally for the country. Of medical and dental tourists to Costa Rica, 83% are from the USA and 7% from Canada, and the remaining 10% from neighbouring countries such as Nicaragua and Panama. 

For now, only the airports are authorised to receive international passengers. The land borders with Nicaragua and Panama remain closed.



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