Costa Rica Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic
All international tourists are permitted to enter Costa Rica by air, land and sea. Tourists must meet the visa requirements, when applicable, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic. The Government of Costa Rica does not require tourists entering by air, land or sea to present a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival. Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place when participating in tourist activities throughout the country.
From Dec. 1, 2021 to Feb. 7, 2022, commercial establishments must display their operation modality on their exteriors, indicating whether proof of vaccination via the QR code generated through the Health Pass is required to enter. Commercial establishments that do not require the QR code must operate under limited capacity. Minors will not be required to present proof of vaccination.
From Dec. 17, 2021 individuals vaccinated abroad (Costa Rican citizens or foreigners) who do not have a QR code will be able to verify their vaccination status using the physical card provided when they were vaccinated. This will allow these individuals to enter commercial establishments which require proof of vaccination.
Buena Vista del Rincón Eco Adventure Hotel & Spa will not ask their guests for vaccination proof or QR code during this period and will operate according at 50% capacity in the common areas, as requested by the Health Ministry.
Country Entry Requirements
In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:
1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS, available at https://salud.go.cr
The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. It must be accessed via updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors. All tourists must complete the Health Pass.
2. Travel Policy
Tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and individuals aged 18 and younger (even if unvaccinated) can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days prior to arrival in Costa Rica.
The list of authorized vaccines include:
- AstraZeneca: Covishield, Vaxzervia, AXD1222, ChAdOx1, ChAdOx1_nCoV19 India
- Janssen: COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Johnson & Johnson y Ad26.COV2.S
- Moderna: Spikevax, mRNA-1273
- Pfizer-BioNTech: Comirnaty, BNT162b2 y Tozinameran
- Sinovac: COVID-19 Vaccine (vero cell), Coronavac ™
- Sinopharm: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (vero cell), Inactivated (InCoV)
- Covaxin: BBV152, Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccinated tourists must attach their vaccination certificate to the Health Pass.
As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:
- Name of the individual who received the vaccine
- Date of each dose
- Pharmaceutical site
In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" will be accepted. Documentation must be submitted in English or Spanish. Submitting documentation in a different language will prevent it from being reviewed. The Ministry of Health and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute are exempt from any responsibility in the event that a traveler submits information in a language other than English or Spanish. Unvaccinated individuals aged 18 and older or with unauthorized vaccines must purchase a travel policy that is valid for at least 5 days and covers accommodation and medical expenses in the event of COVID-19 infection.
For more detailed information please visit: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/entry-requirements