Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- As of September 1, 2020, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may enter Costa Rica on flights departing from the United States. As of September 15, residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan, and Rhode Island can also enter Costa Rica on flights departing from the United States. Residents of California will be able to enter Costa Rica as of October 1. U.S. citizen tourists from these 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. tourist 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 authorized 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 or State ID card.
U.S. tourists from the list of authorized states can enter Costa Rica via a flight from an authorized state with a layover in a non-authorized state or country. (For example, a Colorado resident can fly from Denver to Houston to Costa Rica, as long as they do not exit the airport in Houston.). However, the layover in the non-authorized state can not last longer than 18 hours and the U.S. tourist must not exit the airport during the layover.U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated international flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain. However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight.U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency may enter Costa Rica via air regardless of where they are coming from and must present the following documentation: 1) passport, 2) Valid DIMEX, 3) evidence Caja payments are up to date for each person entering, and 4) a completed Health Pass (Pase de Salud). U.S. citizens with residency in Costa Rica who are not up to date with Caja payments will still be allowed to enter, but will be required to become up to date with all payments within 22 days. Persons in this category must also purchase health insurance to cover the cost of any COVID-19 treatment or lodging for the 22 day grace period. U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.U.S. citizens with permanent or temporary Costa Rican residency must complete a 14-day quarantine. However, the quarantine is waived if 1) arriving from one of the designated departure points, 2) have proof of stay for the past 14 days at that departure point, and 3) carry a negative COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) taken no more than 72 hours prior to their flight to Costa Rica.The link for the Ministry of Health’s Spanish social media website is: https://www.facebook.com/msaludcr/ The link for the Ministry of Health’s webpage is: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/ For up-to-date information on current entry requirements, please review the U.S. Embassy’s Mascot Messages at this link: https://cr.usembassy.gov/category/messages-for-us-citizens/