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Costa Rica Full Reopening for US Tourists

Costa Rica Tourist Requirements for October 2020

Effective November 1st, Costa Rica is permiting entry of U.S. toursits from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of October 1st, and October 15th, travel is only permited from a specific list of states and the District of Columbia.

The key to quarantine free international travel is the PCR-RT coronavirus test, which travelers must schedule within 72 hours of deperature, and count on getting a negative result prior to travel. In many areas of the United States, CVS offers drive-up testing with results provided via MyChart. Many urgent care facilities that offer same day appointments also provide testing. However, testing may be reserved for people who report having symptoms. PCR testing at home is also available from

Airlines are working to setup testing at airports as part of a plan to increase international travel. American Airlines has announced that as of October 15th, testing for travelers to Costa Rica from Dallas-Ft. Worth will be available at the airport.

Phased Reopening for United States

Until November 1st, entry of U.S. tourists is restricted by state of residence. As of October 1st Costa Rica is open for tourists from the US States of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wyoming, California, Ohio and the District of Columbia. As of October 15th Costa Rica is also open for tourists from the US States of Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

Travel Requirements

In order to travel, tourists must purchase a round trip flight, and meet the following requirements.

  • Complete a digital Health Pass on the website of Ministry of Health, prior to travel.
  • Obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test, which must have been taken within 72 hours prior to the flight to Costa Rica.
  • Purchase a travel insurance policy that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 ($12.50 per day, age 70 and under or $22.60 age 70 and up with Sagicor or price by quote with INS).
  • Present a driver’s license or State ID, proving residence in one of the list of approved states.


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