Costa Rica Entry Requirements for Tourists―FAQ

What Are the Current Requirements to Enter Costa Rica as a Tourist?

Flying to Costa Rica and Immigration Procedure
While in Costa Rica

– What are requirements once in Costa Rica?
– What’s actually open?
– Once on vacation, and I get a cold or some sniffles, what is the protocol?

Upon return to Your Home Country

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What Are the Current Requirements to Enter Costa Rica as a Tourist?

All Covid related entry requirements are lifted from April 1st, 2022.

Click here to visit the Costa Rica government website with the official, up-to-date information:

Current Requirements

Costa Rica will no longer require any Covid 19 entry requirements as of April 1, 2022: No negative test, No QR Code, and No ‘Pase de Salud’.

Costa Rica has announced as of April 1, 2022 they will end Covid-19 measures for entry into the country. Starting April 1 2022, the government has lifted its most significant restrictions. In other words, tourists, non-resident and resident travelers will not need to fill out the health pass and will not need to be vaccinated to get into the country. 

The Costa Rican government has also eliminated the requirement for non-vaccinated guests to purchase travel insurance. (Although this is still recommended for all guests visiting Costa Rica).

Some basic measures against Covid-19, such as obligatory masks in hospitals and some private spaces are being maintained.

Is a negative test required to enter Costa Rica?

No COVID Test Required to
Enter Costa Rica. U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica are not required to present the results of a negative PCR test for CV-19.


Do I need a passport?

U.S. nationals must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country).  U.S. passports must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist, U.S. nationals cannot stay more than 90 days.  If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, a residence permit must be established.  U.S. nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. 

How long does it take to get my passport?

Currently in the United States routine service can take up to 24 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received.  The 24-week timeframe includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 12 weeks for mailing times.  If you need to speed up the process for any reason, we recommend contacting your Congressional representative for assistance.

How does the insurance work if I test positive?

First, know that you are covered. 
The travel medical insurance to Costa Rica must cover accommodation of $2,000 for quarantine and expenses due to COVID-19 and must be valid for the entire duration of travel in Costa Rica.  The travel insurance plan also must offer medical coverage expenses for at least USD $50,000

Flying to Costa Rica and the Immigration Procedure

Have your documents printed and /or in the PDF form on your cell phone.

All tourist attractions are allowed to operate normally.

This includes all open-air activities, such as hiking, zip lining, horseback riding, diving, sportfishing, snorkeling, etc.

Public transportation is operating.

Helpful Links

US Embassy in Costa Rica
US Travel advisory for Costa Rica
Canada Travel Advisory for Costa Rica
Travel advice for UK citizens
What Airlines are Flying to Costa Rica Right Now?