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Costa Rica

Risk Ratings  

    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Costa Rica
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Costa Rica
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Limón province, Central Valley

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

A) Inbound travel for foreign nationals (including Canada, Mexico, US, and EU/EEA/Schengen nationals): International arrivals by air are only possible on international flights (private and commercial) landing at the capital San Jose's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR, Guanacaste province).
Permanent and temporary residents of Costa Rica may enter the country via air or land borders regardless of their departure location, but must present the following documentation: 1) passport, 2) valid DIMEX, 3) evidence Caja payments are up-to-date for each person, and 4) a completed Health Pass (Pase de Salud).
Immigration control officers will determine the legal length of stay in Costa Rica for all tourists. Tourists are not able to extend their stay in Costa Rica beyond 90 days.

B) Inbound travel for COVID-19 variant areas: N/A

C) Border closures: Land borders are open. The country is allowing entry at land border crossings by tourists from groups one and two in the general guidelines for entry visas and stays by non-residents, who do not require a visa. Those belonging to nationalities in groups three and four, who do require a visa to enter the country, may enter Costa Rica by land once the Costa Rican consulates begin handling applications. Meanwhile, nationals of these countries can opt for air or marine entry.
Marine arrivals may be conducted by yachts or sailboats, exclusively at the marinas of Banana Bay, Golfito, Los Sueños, Papagayo and Pez Vela.

D) Traveller’s Health Declaration (DSV): Travellers must complete a health form prior arrival and present proper insurance to cover COVID-19-related medical treatment up to US$50,000 and quarantine lodging up to US$2,000 while in Costa Rica. The health form can be found here: https://salud.go.cr, and will only be available 48 hours before flying.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements:

Travellers do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Costa Rica. Symptomatic travellers will be tested for COVID-19 at the airport.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements:

A) Who must quarantine and for how long? Quarantine is recommended for those arriving by air.

B) Where must travellers quarantine? Self-Quarantine

C) Are additional tests required during quarantine? No
(Until further notice)
OutboundForeigners who leave the country will lose their immigration status.
(Until Further Notice)
Internal / DomesticThe use of face masks is mandatory in all public transportation and in indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home. Face masks are also mandatory while waiting at public transportation hubs. Face shields can be worn but only if a face mask is worn underneath. Violators can be fined between 450,200 to 2,300,000 colones depending on the violation.
(Until further notice)
There are nationwide vehicular restrictions based on licence plate numbers between the hours of 05.00 and 21.00.
More information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/presidencia.go.cr/alertas/restricci%C3%B3n-vehicular?authuser=0
(Ends 11 July 2021)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Costa Rica

COVID-19 information for Costa Rica

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Costa Rica is one of the safest destinations in Latin America. The incidence of crime is low, and petty crime represents the main risk for business travellers, though criminals are increasingly willing to use violence and often carry firearms. Incidents primarily take place in the capital San José, particularly at tourist attractions, and mostly involve pickpocketing and mugging, as well as house and car break-ins.

Regional variations are significant. The Central Valley (encompassing San José, as well as the surrounding cantons of Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago provinces) and Atlantic coast port of Limón experience higher-than-average crime levels, driven by the activities of drug-trafficking gangs.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Costa Rica
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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