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Costa Rica Entry, Transit and Exit Requirements

All people above 18 years of age entering Costa Rica by air, sea or land are required to carry a valid passport along with other travel and health required documents upon arrival at a Costa Rican international airport, harbor or at a pedestrian border crossing point of entry in Nicaragua or Panama. Children under 18 may travel with a joint passport with their parents, legal guardians or travel companion.

The travel and health documentation requirements vary depending on the country that issued your passport. So please select the name of the country that issued your passport below to find out exactly what documents you will need to enter Costa Rica.

Required Travel and Health Documents
for U.S. Adults and Minors

Required Travel Documents
Passport Validity 1 calendar day from the date of entry into Costa Rica. For example, if you arrive on December 15, your passport must be valid through December 16
Blank Passport Pages 1 page per entry stamp
Tourist Visa Required Not required for less than 90 calendar days
Travel Medical Insurance
Proof of Coronavirus Vaccination

Minors (0 to 17 year old) are exempted from these requirements.

Travel Medical Insurance

The travel medical insurance must be issued and purchased from either an insurance company that has coverage in Costa Rica or an insurance company incorporated in Costa Rica and registered at the Costa Rican government State Insurance Office ("Superintendencia General de Seguros" also known by its acronym SUGESE)).

If the insurance is purchased from an international insurance company that has coverage in Costa Rica, the insurance must cover the disease COVID-19 with at least $50,000USD in medical expenses and $2,000 in lodging coverage in case of unexpected quarantine.

If the insurance is purchased from a insurance company incorporated in Costa Rica, the insurance must cover the disease COVID-19 with at least $20,000USD in medical expenses and $2,000 in lodging coverage in case of unexpected quarantine.

Coronavirus Vaccination

Coronavirus Vaccine Card, Covid-19 Vaccine Record Card or a Coronavirus vaccine certificate serve as proof of Coronavirus vaccination. The card or certificate must clearly state your full name, the date that the dose(s) was(were) administered, and the vaccine manufacturer.

Manufacturer and Vaccine's Dose Administration Date Requirements

The manufacturer of your Coronavirus vaccine must be Moderna, Pfizer-BioTech partnership (Comirnaty also accepted), AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1_nCoV19 also accepted) or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

You must have received the last dose of a valid COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 calendar days prior to the day you enter Costa Rica. For example, if you last dose was on Thursday, on Wednesday, December 1st, then Thursday, December 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition.

Health Pass Submit an online health questionnaire called "Health Pass" conducted by the Costa Rican Social Medicine Administration (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)). You must fill out the form contain in this location It will request you to provide your personal, flight information including your home address and health background. It will also ask you to input your insurance certificate number. Once you have submitted the form the system will generate a QR code for you to download and keep in your cell phone or print to show to your airline or airport authorities.
Vaccination Yellow Fever, if departing from high-risk countries (See below if you require it)
Intend to Return Pre-paid airline or bus ticket to depart from Costa Rica to your home or another country
Proof of Financial Means $100 USD for every 30 calendar days of your period of stay in cash, travelers' checks, credit cards, etc.
Currency Restriction for Exit $10,000 USD
Currency Restrictions for Entry $10,000 USD

The yellow fever vaccine is required if you depart from any yellow fever high-risk country. The high-risk countries are:

In South America:

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela

In Africa:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Sudan

You do not need yellow fever vaccination if:

  • You have only been in transit at airports, seaports or land boarder of high-risk countries
  • You have been in one of the high-risk countries and stayed in a different country for at least six calendar days before entering Costa Rica and have not developed the disease
  • Your yellow fever vaccination was deferred due to contraindications. You must show a medical opinion supported by a health institution of the country where you live
  • You are under 9 months old
  • You have severe allergy to eggs, immunosuppression and thymic disease shown in your medical history.
  • You are over 60 years old, pregnant, lactating, or have a family history of adverse events associated with vaccination against yellow fever, hypersensitivity to gelatin and asymptomatic HIV infection with laboratory verification of the immune system function and holding a medical assessment of the pros and cons of vaccination