October 26th, 2020
As of October 26th all local and foreign passengers who enter Costa Rica by air are not required to present a RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result and as of November 1st enables its air border to all countries in the world.
Since Costa Rica opened its international airport, presenting a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival was one of the requirements to enter the country among others, with no quarantine asked.
As of October 26th, showing proof of the test will no longer be required to enter the country, this follows the achievement of Safe Travel Stamp awared to Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama. Achievementes of Central American countries towards travel reopening.
These changes comes nearly three months after Costa Rica first reopened its airports to international guests. Since then, international tourism has not been a source of COVID-19 contagion in our country.
The decision also follows an early-October recommendation from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which states that conducting coronavirus testing for incoming travelers “is not recommended as a tool to mitigate the risk of international spread.”
All other requirements remain as follows:
- Fill out the electronic epidemiological health pass
- Acquire travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay: Travel insurance required for Costa Rica.
Final but not least as of November 1st, all countries in the world will be allowed to enter the country as long as they meet the visa requirements when required, including all 50 states of the United States.