More US dental and medical tourists welcome in Costa Rica


Known for the ‘Pura Vida' way of life, Costa Rica's tourism has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.

For areas under the country’s ‘Orange Alert’, there are restrictions on the types of business that are allowed to operate and their operating hours.

In locations under a ‘Yellow Alert’, most businesses can continue to operate normally, though operating hours may be restricted. Beaches and open-air tourism activities in areas under Yellow Alert are also allowed to operate, though hours are restricted.

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) frequently announces updates to the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert,

All travellers must fill out an electronic Health Pass before departure and present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test. The result must have been received within 48 hours before their travel to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has added Jamaica, Mexico and Uruguay to the countries allowed in. More US states have been added to the acceptable list so residents of these States can enter: California, Connecticut , Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming.

For medical and dental tourists, the latest figures show 83% are from the USA and 7% from Canada, and the remaining 10% from neighbouring countries such as Nicaragua and Panama. The latter two are still on the banned list as are some US states; while Canadians are allowed in, they are not allowed to leave Canada.



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