COVID testing is NOT required for entry to Costa Rica, and residents of 50 U.S. states and the District of Colombia may travel to Costa Rica.
Unvaccinated travelers must purchase an approved medical travel insurance policy, and all travelers must complete an online health form, prior to boarding your flight to Costa Rica.
Prior to return the United States, all travelers must must receive a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 within the 90 days preceding travel.
The majority of businesses, including bars and restaurants are operating normally, with some capacity restrictions, from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. All outdoor tourism activities are permitted. All national parks are open, and beaches are open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Costa Rica Travel Requirements
All travelers, within 48 hours of departure must complete the online health pass. Vaccinated travelers from the United States must present their Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card, issued by the CDC.
As of August 1, 2021, unvaccinated travelers must purchase the medical insurance policy. Approved insurance policies explicitly cover medical expenses and accommodation for quarantine in Costa Rica. A policy is available with Sagicor ($33.90 for 3 days) or by price quote with the Costa Rica National Insurance Company (INS)
U.S. Travel Requirements
Federal regulations require all international travelers provide airlines with documentation of viral test results. For U.S. residents, the requirement affects the return portion of the trip.
- Negative tests must be taken within 3 days of travel. Travelers who test positive must remain outside of the United States until after recovery.
- Positive tests must be taken within 3 months, and accompanied with a letter from a doctor indicating recovery.
Hotel Castillo and the Sportsmens Lodge are offering onsite Covid-19 testing. At the Sportsmens Lodge, the cost of the test is $75 + 4% tax. For guests of Hotel Castillo, testing is $95. Hotel Castillo will cover 50 percent of the cost for all-inclusive guests, who stay four nights or more. Lab results at both properties are provided by email, and within 24 hours.
After returning to the United States, unvaccinated travelers must follow the issued guidelines for international travelers, which indicate 7 - 14 days of "self-quarantine" at home after travel abroad. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine, but must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested should symptoms develop.
An executive order issued by the President requires travelers follow these and other CDC guidelines for travel.
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