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Costa Rica travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: no
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Open for travel from Costa Rica
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers will be refused entry to Costa Rica if they do not hold a QR code showing they have completed the Covid-19 Health Pass Form “Pase de Salud”, available
Flight Restrictions

published 06.11.2020

Entry restrictions
A “Pase de Salud” form must be completed before departure of the flight to Costa Rica. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at salud.go.cr

Passengers must have a travel insurance with coverage of Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment and accommodation costs.

Some airports are closed or restrictions for operations of airports has been imposed
Passengers must arrive at San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR).

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Quarantine

No requirement.

From 26 October 2020, you will no longer need to have a negative COVID-19 certificate from 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.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.

From 26 October 2020, you will no longer need to have a negative COVID-19 certificate from 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.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission with the addition of Tanzania and
Zambia in the African region; the exception of Argentina and Panama in the Americas; and the following
specifications for these countries: Colombia (the entire country except Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín
and San Andrés Providencia y Bogotá); Ecuador (applies only to Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza,
Sucumbíos y Zamora-Chinchipe, and excludes the rest of the country); Paraguay (the entire country except
Asunción, the capital); Peru (the entire country except Lima, the capital, Cuzco, el Machu Picchu, la Ruta de
los Incas, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Piura and Cajamarca); Trinidad and Tobago (the entire country except the
urban areas of Port of Spain, and for travellers in transit or whose itineraries are limited to the island of
Tobago).
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2019)
Very low malaria risk was historically due almost exclusively to P. vivax. Negligible or no risk of malaria
transmission exists in the country.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: A

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Full Restrictions

  • Costa Rica Latest news: Costa Rica to allow flights from all other Central American countries from 15 October (Tico Times, 09.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *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: Entry restrictions have been relaxed since 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK, Mexico, Jamaica and certain parts of the USA to enter Costa Rica as long as their flight originates from one of these permitted countries. From 1 November 2020, all travellers 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 from 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.

    *Tourist visas: Any foreigner who entered Costa Rica as a tourist, after 17 December 2019 and before 31 October 2020, will have their visa waiver (usually 90 days) extended until 2 March 2021. There is no need to apply for this to be processed, it is applied automatically.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information . There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with 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. Hotels 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 here. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as Covid-19 risk levels vary.

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    23.10.2020
  • Costa Rica International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Costa Rica:
    Entry restrictions have been relaxed since 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK, Mexico, Jamaica and certain parts of the USA to enter Costa Rica as long as their flight originates from one of these permitted countries.
    Requirements for entry are available here. These include a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained 72 hours prior to departure, purchase of an insurance product with specific cover and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information . There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with 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. Hotels 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 here. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as Covid-19 risk levels vary.

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    01.10.2020
  • Costa Rica International Restrictions:
    Costa Rica has opened its air borders to U.S. travellers. Residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can now enter Costa Rica. As of 15 September, residents from Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania may also travel to Costa Rica. Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia and Lufthansa are operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates. Entry restrictions were relaxed from 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK and certain other countries to enter Costa Rica. Flights originating from these countries are now permitted. Requirements for entry are available here . These include a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained 48 hours prior to departure, purchase of an insurance product with specific cover and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. If you have questions about these requirements, you should consult your airline. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information . There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with 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. Hotels 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 here. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as Covid-19 risk levels vary.

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    11.09.2020
  • Costa Rica *****

    International restrictions:

    Costa Rica has opened its air borders to U.S. travellers. Residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can now enter Costa Rica. As of 15 September, residents from Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania may also travel to Costa Rica. Commercial flights are not running normally. United Airlines, Iberia and Lufthansa are operating some flights and other airlines are resuming operations on certain dates. Entry restrictions were relaxed from 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK and certain other countries to enter Costa Rica. Flights originating from these countries are now permitted. Requirements for entry are available here . These include a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained 48 hours prior to departure, purchase of an insurance product with specific cover and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. If you have questions about these requirements, you should consult your airline. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information . There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with 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. Hotels 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 here. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as Covid-19 risk levels vary.

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    08.09.2020
  • Costa Rica Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in the city of Liberia in Guanacaste province resumed operations during the weekend (Media, 07.09.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Costa Rica has opened its air borders to U.S. travellers. Residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can now enter Costa Rica. As of 15 September, residents from Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania may also travel to Costa Rica. Commercial flights are not running normally, with a number of carriers resuming operations on certain dates. Entry restrictions were relaxed from 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK and certain other countries to enter Costa Rica. Flights originating from these countries are now permitted. Requirements for entry are available here . These include a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained 48 hours prior to departure, purchase of an insurance product with specific cover and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. If you have questions about these requirements, you should consult your airline. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information . There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with 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. Hotels 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. For tourist advice, including accommodation and travel, call +506-2299-5827 or via WhatsApp messaging at +506-8628-3247. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as Covid-19 risk levels vary.

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    07.09.2020
  • Costa Rica Government to begin economic reopening 1-9 August (Reuters, 29.07.2020). San Jose’s Juan Santamaria airport and Liberia Airport to reopen to some flights on 1 August.

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are not running normally, with a number of carriers resuming operations on certain dates. Entry restrictions are being relaxed from 1 August 2020 to allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone, UK and certain other countries to enter Costa Rica. Flights originating from these countries will be permitted. Requirements for entry are available here [https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/statement-costa-rica-tourism-board-covid-19] These include a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained 48 hours prior to departure, purchase of an insurance product with specific cover [https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/statement-costa-rica-tourism-board-covid-19] and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. If you have questions about these requirements, you should consult your airline. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. 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 [https://salud.go.cr/] 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information [https://www.mopt.go.cr/]. There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with risk levels. Check official information [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas]. 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. Hotels 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. For tourist advice, including accommodation and travel, call +506-2299-5827 or via WhatsApp messaging at +506-8628-3247. 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 [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas].

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    18.08.2020
  • Costa Rica Government to begin economic reopening 1-9 August (Reuters, 29.07.2020). San Jose’s Juan Santamaria airport and Liberia Airport to reopen to some flights on 1 August.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    From 1 August 2020 entry restrictions are relaxed fto allow citizens and residents of Canada, the EU, Schengen Zone and the UK to enter Costa Rica. Flights originating from these countries will be permitted. Requirements for entry are available here [https://salud.go.cr/]. These include a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained 48 hours before departure, purchase of a specific Costa Rican insurance product [https://cotiza.ins-cr.com/frmDatosIncluir.aspx?P=431]. and online completion of an advance epidemiological information form. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. Costa Rican Nationals and Legal Residents who enter the country will be required to self-isolate for 14-days. Tourists entering from 1 August, under the amended restrictions will not be required to self-isolate.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. You should check local information [https://www.mopt.go.cr/]. There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with risk levels. Check official information [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas]. 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. Hotels 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. For tourist advice, including accommodation and travel, call +506-2299-5827 or via WhatsApp messaging at +506-8628-3247. 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 [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas].

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    03.08.2020
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica will open its borders to tourists on August 1 (Ticotimes.net, 28.06.2020)
    Government halts reopening as COVID-19 cases increase (Reuters, 19.06.2020). Border closure extended until 30 June (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are limited. Until 31 July 2020, only Costa Rican citizens and legal residents will be allowed entry to the country by land, sea or air. Any foreigner who entered Costa Rica as a tourist after 17 December 2019 will have their visa waiver (usually 90 days) extended until 17 August 2020. The Costa Rican government has announced that any legal resident who left Costa Rica on or after 24 March would automatically be prohibited from re-entry for a period specified on the date of their leaving and notified to them in writing. The authorities are permitting same-day airside transit with a confirmed onward booking. The above categories of people, entering during this time, will be required to self-isolate for 14-days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country. Restrictions vary as risk levels change. The restrictions are usually based on the last number of the licence plate. There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with risk levels. Check official information [https://www.mopt.go.cr/wps/portal/Home/informacionrelevante/restriccion/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8ziPQPcDQy9TQx83D0szQwcTYOcnIwCPYz8Q8z0w9EUmAW5GDha-viYuvkbGFuYG-hHEaPfAAU4GjgFGTkZGxi4-xuRox_ZJML6o9CUYPoArACfE7EoQHFDQW5oaIRBpicAzmG7ew!!/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/] .There is a requirement for use of facemasks on public transport, which can vary with risk levels. Check official information [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas]. 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. The Costa Rican authorities ordered the closure of all hotels, except those providing accommodation to foreign tourists and some essential workers. There are restrictions on beaches, restaurants, bars and other places where people gather. These are subject to change as risk levels vary. Take note of official advice and information [https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1740-ministerio-de-salud-detalle-obligatoriedad-de-uso-de-mascarillas-o-caretas].

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    14.07.2020
  • Costa Rica Government halts reopening as COVID-19 cases increase (Reuters, 19.06.2020). Border closure extended until 30 June (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 30 June 2020.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Costa Rica.
    – This does not apply to passengers who have left Costa Rica before 26 March 2020 or after 30 April 2020 and have:
    a) Permanent residence in Costa Rica; or
    b) Temporary residence in Costa Rica; or
    c) Special category (Categoria Especial); or
    d) Non-resident subcategory Stay (No Residente subcategoria Estancia).
    2. Nationals and residents of Costa Rica must be in isolation for 14 days.
    3. “Epidemiological Form” must be completed at https://ccss.now.sh/ before departure.

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    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 30. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while
    new restrictions are in effect. Land border crossings with Nicaragua have been closed until further notice. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    *****Iinternal restrictions:
    A majority of the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights. All national parks are closed. The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country, as follows: from 5am to 10pm on weekdays, licence plates ending in digits 1 & 2 do not circulate on Mondays: 3 & 4 on Tuesdays: 5 & 6 on Wednesdays: 7 & 8 on Thursdays: 9 & 0 on Fridays. There is also a ban on the use of private vehicles between 10pm and 5am, except those used by officials, diplomats or people categorised as ‘essential workers’.
    From 3 June extended driving restrictions (from 5pm to 5am) will enter into force in northern parts of the country (in the areas of La Cruz, Guatuso, Upala, Los Chiles and Rio Cuarto, as well as districts of San Carlos, Guacimo, Pococi, Sarapiqui y Siquirres). Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September. On 17 May, the government published the requirements businesses will have to implement to be allowed reopening.

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    23.06.2020
  • Costa Rica Government halts reopening as COVID-19 cases increase (Reuters, 19.06.2020). Border closure extended until 30 June (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Costa Rica.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Costa Rica.
    – This does not apply to passengers who have left Costa Rica before 26 March 2020 or after 30 April 2020 and have:
    a) Permanent residence in Costa Rica; or
    b) Temporary residence in Costa Rica; or
    c) Special category (Categoria Especial); or
    d) Non-resident subcategory Stay (No Residente subcategoria Estancia).
    2. Nationals and residents of Costa Rica must be in isolation for 14 days.

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    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 30. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while
    new restrictions are in effect. Land border crossings with Nicaragua have been closed until further notice. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    *****Iinternal restrictions:
    A majority of the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights. All national parks are closed. The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country, as follows: from 5am to 10pm on weekdays, licence plates ending in digits 1 & 2 do not circulate on Mondays: 3 & 4 on Tuesdays: 5 & 6 on Wednesdays: 7 & 8 on Thursdays: 9 & 0 on Fridays. There is also a ban on the use of private vehicles between 10pm and 5am, except those used by officials, diplomats or people categorised as ‘essential workers’.
    From 3 June extended driving restrictions (from 5pm to 5am) will enter into force in northern parts of the country (in the areas of La Cruz, Guatuso, Upala, Los Chiles and Rio Cuarto, as well as districts of San Carlos, Guacimo, Pococi, Sarapiqui y Siquirres). Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September. On 17 May, the government published the requirements businesses will have to implement to be allowed reopening.

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    20.06.2020
  • Costa Rica Border closure extended until 30 June (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Costa Rica.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Costa Rica.
    – This does not apply to passengers who have left Costa Rica before 26 March 2020 or after 30 April 2020 and have:
    a) Permanent residence in Costa Rica; or
    b) Temporary residence in Costa Rica; or
    c) Special category (Categoria Especial); or
    d) Non-resident subcategory Stay (No Residente subcategoria Estancia).
    2. Nationals and residents of Costa Rica must be in isolation for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 15. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while
    new restrictions are in effect. Land border crossings with Nicaragua have been closed until further notice. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A majority of the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights. All national parks are closed. The use of private vehicles is currently restricted for the entire country, as follows: from 5am to 10pm on weekdays, licence plates ending in digits 1 & 2 do not circulate on Mondays: 3 & 4 on Tuesdays: 5 & 6 on Wednesdays: 7 & 8 on Thursdays: 9 & 0 on Fridays. There is also a ban on the use of private vehicles between 10pm and 5am, except those used by officials, diplomats or people categorised as ‘essential workers’.
    From 3 June extended driving restrictions (from 5pm to 5am) will enter into force in northern parts of the country (in the areas of La Cruz, Guatuso, Upala, Los Chiles and Rio Cuarto, as well as districts of San Carlos, Guacimo, Pococi, Sarapiqui y Siquirres). Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September. On 17 May, the government published the requirements businesses will have to implement to be allowed reopening.

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    04.06.2020
  • Costa Rica Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until 15 June. (MenaFM, 10.05.2020) 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Costa Rica. – This does not apply to nationals of Costa Rica. – This does not apply to passengers who have left Costa Rica before 26 March 2020 or after 30 April 2020 and have: a) Permanent residence in Costa Rica; or b) Temporary residence in Costa Rica; or c) Special category (Categoria Especial); or d) Non-resident subcategory Stay (No Residente subcategoria Estancia). 2. Nationals and residents of Costa Rica must be in isolation for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 15. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while new restrictions are in effect. Land border crossings with Nicaragua have been closed until further notice. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A majority of the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights. All national parks are closed. From 18 May to 1 June, vehicular restrictions from 22.00 to 05.00 on weekdays and from 19.00 to 05.00 on the weekends. Vehicles will be allowed to transit during the day on a daily schedule according to license plate number. Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September. On 17 May, the government published the requirements businesses will have to implement to be allowed reopening.

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    25.05.2020
  • Costa Rica Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until 15 June. (MenaFM, 10.05.2020) Land border crossings with Nicaragua have been closed until further notice.

    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 15. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while new restrictions are in effect. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    the Government has published on May 17 the requirements that businesses will need to follow to reopen. If the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights All national parks are closed A curfew for vehicles is in place from 19.00 to 05.00 until at least 15 May. From 18 May to 1 June, vehicular restrictions from 22.00 to 05.00 on weekdays and from 19.00 to 05.00 on the weekends. Vehicles will be allowed to transit during the day on a daily schedule according to license plate number. Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to re-open at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September.

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    21.05.2020
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until 15 June. (MenaFM, 10.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until June 15. The measures will not apply to Costa Rican nationals or residents, both of whom will be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon returning from abroad. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while new restrictions are in effect. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. Foreigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    the Government has published on May 17 the requirements that businesses will need to follow to reopen. If the airlines that serve Costa Rica are suspending or limiting their flights All national parks are closed A curfew for vehicles is in place from 19.00 to 05.00 until at least 15 May. From 18 May to 1 June, vehicular restrictions from 22.00 to 05.00 on weekdays and from 19.00 to 05.00 on the weekends. Vehicles will be allowed to transit during the day on a daily schedule according to license plate number. Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to re-open at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September.

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    18.05.2020
  • Costa Rica Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until 15 June. (MenaFM, 10.05.2020) Crews and all cargo flights exempted from the restriction. Costa Rican citizens and residents will be allowed entry, subject to quarantine for 14 days. Passengers in transit allowed provided verification by the carrier that the connecting flight is not cancelled. Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while new restrictions are in effect. Citizens, residents and tourists are still allowed to leave Costa Rica under the current measures. Tourists and residents (non-citizens) who leave will not be allowed to re-enter the country until further notice. Airport Entry / Exit: Enhanced screening measures at ports of entry, especially for travellers who have visited China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew for vehicles is in place from 19.00 to 05.00 until at least 15 May. Vehicles will be allowed to transit during the day on a daily schedule according to license plate number. Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined. Public transportation operates from 04.00 to 23.00 daily. Most non-essential businesses have been allowed to re-open at 25-50% capacity and in accordance with any curfew hours that may be in effect. Organized public gatherings remain suspended until at least September.

    Source: https://www.iata.org/contentassets/0a13a1c43c1a4e23b4fe3d5fe63b1d9b/costa-rica-ncov-measures.pdf https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

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    12.05.2020
  • Costa Rica Border closure for all foreign nationals and non-residents until 15 May. (TicoTimes, 28.04.2020)

    Crews and all cargo flights exempted from the restriction. Costa Rican citizens and residents will be allowed entry, subject to quarantine for
    14 days. Passengers in transit allowed provided verification by the carrier that the connecting flight is not cancelled.

    Travellers will still be allowed to transit through Costa Rica’s airports while new restrictions are in effect.

    Citizens, residents and tourists are still allowed to leave Costa Rica under the current measures. Tourists and residents (non-citizens) who leave will not be allowed to re-enter the country until further notice.

    Airport Entry / Exit: Enhanced screening measures at ports of entry, especially for travellers who have visited China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

    Internal restrictions:

    From 13-30 April, a curfew for vehicles is in place from 19.00 to 05.00. Vehicles will be allowed to transit during the day on a daily schedule according to license plate number.
    Drivers breaking the restrictions will be fined.
    Public transportation resumed on Monday April 13 and will operate from 04.00 to 23.00 daily.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    SITATA/
    Visit Costa Rica/
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