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Costa Rica travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 1 August 2020.
– This does not apply to nationals of Costa Rica.
– This does not apply to passengers who have left Costa Rica before 25 March 2020 and have:
– permanent residence in Costa Rica; or
– temporary residence in Costa Rica; or
– special category (Categoria Especial); or
– non-resident subcategory Stay (No Residente subcategoria Estancia).
2. Nationals and residents of Costa Rica are subject to isolation for 14 days.
3. “Epidemiological Form” must be completed at ccss.now.sh before departure.

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Quarantine

Anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All arrivals are also being tested at port of entry for COVID-19.

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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  • 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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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 [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/4d1a6a45-2594-42af-aca6-19004cf1073e]
    [https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
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