Setiembre 3, 2020

10 new U.S. states, for a total of 19, are added to the list of territories whose residents will be able to enter Costa Rica by air, to Juan Santamaria Internacional (SJO), in San Jose, and Daniel Oduber International (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste .

As of September 1, in addition to residents of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut, people who live in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will be able to enter Costa Rica. On September 15, residents of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, Nuevo México, Michigan and Rhode Island will also be allowed to enter.

“The entry of travelers from these 19 states is allowed because they currently have an epidemiological condition similar to or lower levels of contagion than those of Costa Rica,” said Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura.

Tourists from authorized states will be able to enter Costa Rica, even if their flight stops at an unauthorized destination, as long as they do not leave the airport. For example, a tourist from New Jersey who takes a flight from the Newark airport, and makes a stopover in Panama, will be able to enter Costa Rica if they do not leave the airport in Panama.

For people residing in the aforementioned approved states of the United States, four requirements apply to enter Costa Rica: 

1. Complete the digital epidemiological form called HEALTH PASS .

2. Obtain a negative PCR coronavirus test. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica.

3. Purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness. This insurance can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers. *

4. Proof of residency via their driver’s license or State ID that they live in one of the authorized states.   

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

1.Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
2.Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill withthe pandemic COVID-19viruswhile in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
3.Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issuedas a result of thepandemic.