Latest News: French authorities add Bahrain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay to list of COVID-19 high-risk countries (SVI, 17.05.2021).
*Entry rules in response to coronavirus: On 16 March 2020 the Costa Rican government announced a state of emergency and changes to Migratory Regulations.
*Entry to Costa Rica: From 1 November 2020, all travellers proceeding from any country will be admitted into Costa Rica as long as they comply with the requirements below.
Check the requirements for entry. From 26 October 2020, you will no longer need to have a negative COVID-19 certificate within 72 hours before departure, or to self-isolate for 14 days. However, you will still need to buy insurance with specific cover requirements and complete an advance epidemiological information form . These requirements are likely to be strictly enforced. If you have questions about these requirements you should consult your airline.
*Transiting Costa Rica: The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking.
*Quarantine requirements: Costa Rican Nationals and Legal Residents who enter the country may be required to self-isolate for 14-days. They should complete the epidemiological information form which will specify the exact actions to be taken. Tourists entering from 1 August, under the amended restrictions stated above, will not be required to self-isolate.
*Travel in Costa Rica: The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as the COVID-19 risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information.
You can drive in Costa Rica on a your Driving Licence or an International Driving Permit while visiting as a tourist (max 90 days). Due to COVID-19, those who entered the country since 17 December 2019 have had their permission to use their Driving Licence extended while they are lawfully in the country.
If resident for longer periods, you may need to obtain a Costa Rican licence. Drivers should produce their licence and passport if requested to do so by a police officer. There is a requirement for use of face masks on public transport, which can vary with COVID-19 risk levels. Check official information.
The supply of hire cars may be reduced, as rental companies have been asked to lend their vehicles for deliveries of medical equipment and goods. Public transport is operational with some restrictions. Taxis can operate at all hours.
*Accommodation: You should find accommodation that is suitable for your needs. Hotels and many other types of establishment are now being allowed to operate at varying levels of capacity (at 50 or 100%) depending on the level of COVID-19 alert in their location. Check Local Information. For tourist advice, including accommodation and travel, call +506-2299-5827 or via WhatsApp messaging at +506-8628-3247.
*Public spaces and services: There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as COVID-19 risk levels vary. Take note of official advice and information.