Updated: Apr 24
In order to enter the country, according to Visit Costa Rica you must:
Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.
Travel policy * Important update for minors and individuals who are fully vaccinated * As of August 1, 2021, all tourists under 18 years of age can enter the country without a travel policy.
As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.
Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted: 1. Name of the person who received the vaccine 2. Date of each dose 3. Pharmaceutical house
In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 vaccination record card" will be accepted. Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.
Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:
1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.
3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.
Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:
1. Name of the person traveling.
2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).
3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000
4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.
This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.
Costa Rican policies
The tourist can also choose any of the following Costa Rican insurance companies, which sell products registered and authorized by the General Superintendence of Insurance of Costa Rica.
BlueCross BlueShield: https://www.bluecrossblueshieldcr.com/rod
IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.
Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence, or temporary category who return to Costa Rica, and who are not up to date with the corresponding payments with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, must acquire a temporary local insurance for 22 days or an international insurance that complies with the same requirements that are applied to a foreign tourist.
In the case of foreigners with the immigration category of permanent or temporary resident, or special category in the latter case (with the exception of the Student Subcategory), they must demonstrate the assurance by the Costa Rican social security, which is in force and can be verified in the link: https://sfa.ccss.sa.cr/servMedicos/validarDerechos.do
Tourists who are in transit through the country must purchase insurance with a minimum coverage of five days.
Entry by air or land - In case of questions or concerns about the requirements or conditions of medical insurance, write to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry by sea - In case of questions or concerns about the requirements or conditions of medical insurance, passengers and crew members of yachts or sailboats can write to the email address email@example.com.