As of August 1 Costa Rica has opened its international borders to a number of countries, not including the United States. As of September 1, Costa Rica began accepting travelers from a few US states with relatively low coronavirus numbers. The northeastern states accepted as of September 1 are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington D.C. September 15th granted ten more states the ability to travel to Costa Rica – Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming. More states are on the waiting list for an October travel allowance as well. Visitors will need a valid driver’s license or equivalent government-issued ID to verify their address in one of the approved states.
Travelers must provide negative Covid test results within 48 of arriving in country in addition to filling out an online health questionnaire. Upon landing in Costa Rica, travelers are required to wear a face covering and adhere to protocols regarding social distancing, disinfection, and sanitation. Travelers are also required to have insurance covering $50,000 of medical expenses and a minimum of $2,000 for housing issues due to the pandemic. For more information on insurance requirements please click here.
Americans are not the only internationals able to visit Costa Rica. Tourists from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the European Union are allowed to visit under the same travel restrictions.
Private planes and yachts from the US will be analyzed on a “case by case” basis for allowance into the country.
Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism, has been taking gradual and calculated steps in the revitalization of tourism. Tourism is a critical industry for the Costa Rican economy making up about 9% of the GDP. For more information on Coronavirus and Costa Rica please visit the Ministry of Health.
As always, we at Amazing Vacations are hopeful that Costa Rica will soon be open to all of our clients and are anxious to help you plan your special getaway.