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COVID update - Visa and others to travel to Costa Rica

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Do you need a visa to travel to Costa Rica? What are the requirements for COVID situation?


The entrance to Costa Rica is enabled for tourists from all the countries of the world by air, land and sea.The tourist must meet the visa requirements, when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic.

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

Country entry requirements

Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link:

The CIRCULAR DG-004-2021-UI-AJ that details the countries in the first, second, third and fourth groups is available at:

In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.
  1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at 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.

  2. 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.

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