CR Tourism Board Covid-19 Entry Regulations

Statement by the Costa Rica Tourism Board

September 24, 2020 – As of Aug. 1, select international travelers are authorized to enter Costa Rica’s three international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, and Tobías Bolaños Airport. The list of authorized regions and countries is being revised periodically.

This is the list currently in effect:

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Only for residents of the next group of twenty one states:
    • As of Sept. 1, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
    • As of Sept. 15, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming.
    • As of Oct. 1, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: California and Ohio.
  • CANADA for citizens and residents
  • MEXICO for citizens and residents
  • SOUTH AMERICA: for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
  • THE CARIBEAN: for citizens and residents of Jamaica.
  • ASIA: for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
  • OCEANIA: for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.


Requirements to enter Costa Rica:  

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at
  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
  • Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children travelling with their family.
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance  international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros), or Sagicor­.

For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travelers must wear face protection and comply with the strict protocols of the air terminal with regard to physical distancing, disinfection of carpets, and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.

Tourists from authorized states may enter the country even if their route includes a stop at a destination that is not authorized, as long as they do not leave the transit airport.

To view a video with important U.S. entry information, click here: