Costa Rica Entry Requirements for Tourists - FAQ Answered

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

All Covid-related entry requirements are lifted from April 1, 2022.
Click here to visit the Costa Rica government website with the official, up-to-date information.
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.’ 

Is a negative test required to enter Costa Rica? 

Costa Rica has announced as of April 1, 2022, they ended the Covid-19 measures for entry into the country. In addition, the government has lifted its most significant restrictions. In other words, tourists, non-residents, 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). 

Flying to Costa Rica and the Immigration Procedure 

Costa Rica Passport Requirements

To be on the safe side, renew your passports at least three months before they are scheduled to expire. Your passport has to be valid for at least three months after the arrival date in Costa Rica. If your passport expires while abroad, you must apply for an emergency renewal at your embassy or consulate. 

Do I need a passport?

US nationals must have a valid passport and return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. US passports must be valid for one day before entering Costa Rica. US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days as a tourist. A residence permit must be established if you wish to stay longer than 90 days.  

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. We recommend contacting your Congressional representative for assistance if you need to speed up the process.


Upon Return to Your Home Country

What are the requirements upon returning to the USA or UK regarding Covid?

As of Sunday, June 12, 2022 the CDC has canceled all airlines to show a negative COVID-19 test result of documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to fly into the United States from Costa Rica. 
Check the CDC website for more information. 
When you travel to England on March 18, 2022, you do not need to take a Covid-19 test or quarantine.

Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica Right Now?

As of September 2022, it is safe to travel to Costa Rica due to COVID. However, there are some precautions to travel due to crime, but check out the US government website here.  

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