COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

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Country-Specific Information:

  • Costa Rica has 4022 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, as of 7/2/2020.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Until August 1, only Costa Rican citizens, Costa Rican residents who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, those whose residency is in process who departed Costa Rica PRIOR to March 24, minor children of Costa Rican citizens, and foreign diplomats will be able to enter Costa Rica. This restriction applies to land, sea, and air arrivals. Air crews will not be subject to this restriction, and a separate protocol has been negotiated for commercial truck drivers at land borders.
  • Health Minister Salas stated that as of August 1, only foreigners from countries that have “controlled the spread of the coronavirus” will be allowed to enter Costa Rica; he did not specify which countries these would be but stated an announcement would be forthcoming.
  • Any foreigners resident in Costa Rica who left Costa Rica on March 24 or later – or who will leave shortly – automatically lose their status as legal residents and thus are unable to re-enter under the current restrictions, but they will not have to begin the residency process again.
  • Tourist stays in Costa Rica are normally limited to 90 days, but under the current COVID border restrictions, any foreigner who entered Costa Rica after December 17, 2019 for tourism purposes has been granted an extension of stay until August 18, 2020.
  • Driving privileges for tourists who entered Costa Rica after December 17 have also been extended.
  • Currently, only the airport in San Jose is receiving international flights, and has protocols in place to deal with suspected COVID cases.
  • Puerto Caldera, the main commercial port on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, has also established a protocol for suspected COVID-19 cases

Quarantine Information:

  • Anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days.  Any arrival displaying COVID-related symptoms is being tested at the airport and the Ministry of Health is following up with all quarantining individuals.
  • The Ministry of Health has established definitions of risk for COVID-19 infection and guidance for the prevention of the spread of the virus that reflect World Health Organization guidelines. MOH publications update and inform all public and private healthcare entities.
  • While Costa Rica has ongoing vehicular and sanitary restrictions, it had begun to loosen those restrictions as part of a gradual reopening, but is now tightening the restrictions again. There is again a complete vehicular restriction from 7 pm to 5 am and partial restrictions on the weekends based on license plate number.
  • Costa Rica is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 cases and has imposed “Orange Alerts” for various districts and cantones based on outbreaks, which carry stricter restrictions. For a full list and map of districts see here: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1753-alerta-naranja-se-extiende-a-mas-cantones-del-pais
    • As of 6/27, masks are required in many public places, including public transport, restaurants, banks, and theaters and as of 7/2 masks are required in stores.

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