Latest Travel Update on Covid-19 in Costa Rica.
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September 10, 2020 UPDATED September 10th, 2020 Recently the number of Covid-19 cases in Costa Rica has increased to 51,224 (updated on September 9th).
Starting September 1.
Costa Rica allowed tourists from New York
New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. As of September 15, the list will be further expanded with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island.
And on October 1st, California is authorized to enter.
This list will be updated every two weeks so check back to this page soon.
To prove their state of residency, U.
tourists will be allowed to use a State ID card or their driver’s license.
This requirement is waived for minors traveling with a parent.
They are already letting in tourists from the countries below, which started August 1st.
Here is the list of countries: 1.
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg6.
Principality of Liechtenstein10.
Principality of Monaco11.
Kingdom of Denmark13.
Kingdom of Spain14.
Kingdom of the Netherlands15.
Kingdom of Norway16.
Kingdom of Sweden17.
Kingdom of Thailand18.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland19.
Republic of Austria22.
Republic of Bulgaria23.
Republic of Korea24.
Republic of Croatia25.
Republic of Slovenia26.
Republic of Estonia27.
Republic of Finland28.
Republic of Hungary29.
Republic of Iceland30.
Republic of Latvia31.
Republic of Lithuania32.
Republic of Malta33.
Republic of Poland34.
Republic of San Marino35.
Republic of Singapore36.
Federal Republic of Germany38.
Hellenic Republic (Greece)40.
Republic of Uruguay42.
People’s Republic of China43.
Romania This list of authorized countries will also be reevaluated every two weeks.
The government has clarified that travelers without a passport from one of these countries can enter Costa Rica through a flight from a permitted country under certain circumstances.
Specifically, the travelers must quarantine in the permitted country for at least 14 days, without showing symptoms, .
Before departing for Costa Rica
Upon arriving in Costa Rica the immigration official will ensure that the passenger did not only make a stopover in the permitted country.
For tourists, there are three requirements: Travel insurance that covers medical expenses at a minimum of $50,000 and lodging costs of at least $2,000.
This insurance must cover medical expenses associated with COVID-19 and may be purchased through Costa Rica’s national insurance program or through a private provider as long as it includes this coverage.
Click here to purchase the INS travel insurance plan
There is also a private company in Costa Rica called Sagicor offering insurance
And you can get a quote for US Citizens through our partners at Travel Guard
A negative coronavirus test using the PCR test.
The sample for the test must be taken 72 hours (maximum) before the passenger departs for Costa Rica.
And starting next month, visitors can arrive via a flight with a layover in a non-authorized location.
(so a passenger can from Virginia to Miami, and from there to San Jose as long as they do not leave the airport).
Complete the digital epidemiological form called “Pase de Salud.” (salud.go.cr) Here you can upload your driver’s license and proof of insurance.
You complete this between 12-48 hours before your flight.
Note that tourists must submit their insurance policy number and upload the result of their negative coronavirus test (as a PDF or JPG) as part of the epidemiological form.
Costa Ricans and residents only need to complete the “Pase de Salud” online form
They do not need to purchase insurance or show proof of a negative coronavirus test; however, a 14-day home isolation order will be enforced.
They will also undergo a medical check at the airport.
The INS plan varies in cost based on the age of the tourist and their length-of-stay in the country.
Here is a breakdown of the costs for a week.
(Two months cost $797.64) * These prices have dropped due to criticism by the tourism office.
26a – Accidental Death, 26b – Total or partially incapacitated, 26e – Return of remains to host country, 26f – Medical Expenses, 26i – Food and Lodging costs.
998 – taxes If Costa Rica allows travelers to purchase their own policies
just be sure it has $50,000 in medical expense coverage and $2,000 in lodging coverage.
You can get a quote for US Citizens through our partners at Travel Guard
If you are from outside of the United States, find a quote from our partner World Nomads.
However, they do NOT cover expenses related to the Covid-19 pandemic as explained in their FAQs.
There will continue to be driving restrictions during the week and weekend, but rental vehicles are exempt from these rules.
Here are the exact guidelines of driving a vehicle in Costa Rica (if you own it)
“Daily vehicle restrictions based on license plate numbers remain in effect. In yellow alert zones, driving is permitted Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m.
and from 5:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m on weekends.
Most of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA) to include San Jose remains under an Orange Alert. In areas under an Orange Alert, daytime driving is allowed from 5:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Sunday.” Public transportation has resumed normal operations nationwide.
Food delivery services are allowed to operate as well. Costa Rica also will keep the beaches open from 5 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m.
daily unless it is under an ORANGE alert, and then it will only stay open until 9:30 a.m.
Tours that take place outdoors will be permitted in social bubbles.
Examples include hiking, zip lining, rafting, surf lessons, and horseback tours.
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