Passports and Visas
Travelers to Costa Rica must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from their entry date. They must also provide proof of a return ticket out of Costa Rica for within 90 days of entry.
Not everyone requires a tourist visa to enter Costa Rica. In fact, travelers from the US, Canada, UK, and EU do not need to get a visa prior to entry. Their passport will be stamped and dated for up to 90 days. Check here for visa requirements for other countries.
Premio DMC also recommends travelers have a photocopy of the photo page of their passport, as well as another official photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
Travelers are currently able to enter Costa Rica without a proof of negative COVID-19 test or vaccination.
Everyone who enters the country must fill out a Health Pass, provided by the Costa Rican Health Ministry online, which you can find and fill out here. Fill out the Costa Rican Health Pass (Pase de Salud in Spanish) within 48 hours of travel. Upon filling it out, travelers will receive an email with a QR code, which officials will ask to scan.
For information on what is currently open and permitted in Costa Rica, consult this article.
COVID-19 Related Travel Insurance
As of August 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to buy COVID-19 related travel insurance. For official purposes, fully vaccinated means having received all required shots of an accepted vaccine, at least 14 days before entry.
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated can still enter the country, but must purchase travel insurance that specifically covers COVID-19 related expenses. This travel insurance includes at least $2000 for potential quarantine or trip interruption in the event a participant tests positive for COVID-19 in Costa Rica.
COVID-19 Testing Prior to Departure
For travelers departing Costa Rica for countries that require COVID-19 testing prior to entry, there are several options.
Most major hotels will arrange COVID-19 testing for guests. Additionally, there are several labs, clinics, and hospitals throughout the country that offer official testing. Travelers can also get tested at the airports in Guanacaste and San Jose. Coordinate with your Premio DMC planner as to the best option for your group.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
As of July 30, 2007, travelers coming from some countries in Africa and South America must possess a yellow fever vaccination certificate before being allowed entry into Costa Rica. Please consult if your country is on the list.