COVID and travel to Costa Rica!

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Many asks us about rules and regulations with regards to travel in Costa Rica and how things are being handled in town once you are here. To make it easy here is all the info you need!

COVID 19 and Costa Rica

Citizens/residents from ALL countries are currently allowed to enter Costa Rica by air. If you are planning a surf trip to visit us in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa, there are specific entry requirements that must be met, listed below.

Requirements to enter Costa Rica

Fill out the electronic epidemiological Health Pass form, available at (available 48 hours prior to arrival; requires insurance to be purchased first).

  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased through Costa Rica via the National Insurance Institute 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 COVID-19 related medical expenses, with minimum coverage of $50,000 USD. While the plans offered by Costa Rican entities (linked above) only need to require $20,000 of medical coverage, international plans must meet the $50,000 USD minimum coverage.

  • Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging expenses as a result of being placed on quarantine if you become ill during your trip.*

Passengers who do not have this may not enter the country.

Upon landing in Costa Rican territory, travellers must wear face protection and comply with the protocols of the airport with regard to physical distancing and taking temperature readings, and must follow any other sanitary instructions.

Requirements to return to the US

  • From January 26th, those returning to the U.S. will also be required to show a negative COVID result from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. More information here.

  • Testing options include:

  • A clinic in Santa Teresa is working with a lab in San Jose to provide PCR tests. We can make the appointment for you.The clinic charges $128 USD for the test.

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