December 9, 2020

Current requirements when traveling to Costa Rica due to COVID-19



At Olas Verdes Hotel we will keep you updated regarding the requirements to entering Costa Rica for your coming visit.

Visitors from all over the world are welcome to enter Costa Rica.

These are the requirements to enter Costa Rica. Beginning January 8th 2022, full vaccination will be needed for most travelers:

• Complete the “Health Pass” online form, within 72 hours prior to your arrival.  This pass will generate a QR needed to enter most public places in Costa Rica.
• Purchase or proof of travel insurance (see details below, you might not need it!).
• Follow all safety and health protocols during the flight and arrival (including wearing masks and temperature control).
• Masks are mandatory in all enclosed areas, including your airport transportation.
• Always social distancing.

Starting January 8th 2022, your QR code, generated when completing the Health Pass, is needed to stay in all hotels, enter restaurants and shops, take surf lessons, and for most activities and tours.  THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL TRAVELERS 18 years or older.  Starting February 4th 2022, this will also be mandatory for all travelers 12 years or older.  Please check with your hotel or travel agent if you have any questions or concerns.  IMPORTANT: The QR requirement has been challenge with the court and suspended, however, it might be in effect once the court resolves.

Update regarding the insurance: Since August 1st, 2021, those travelers with a complete vaccination scheme against COVID-19, and minors under 12 years old, do not need to purchase the insurance.  More details about the insurance are below.

The accepted vaccines are: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

  1. Name of the person who received the vaccines (same as shown in your passport).
  2. Date of each dose
  3. Pharmaceutical house

For tourist from USA, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be received. Those who are inoculated must attach the certificate, card or “COVID-19 vaccination record card” to their Health Pass.

Purchase or proof of travel insurance in the event of a temporary border closure. The policy must include treatment for COVID-19, and a minimum coverage value of $2000 for lodging. Local insurance policies authorized for travelers are currently available at: National Insurance Institute (INS) and Sagicor Insurance. Also available for US citizens and US residents is Trawick International, offering discounted rates. As with any purchase, it’s a good idea to read customer’s reviews.

For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least three conditions:
1. Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
2. Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 disease while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand US Dollars).
3. Includes minimum coverage of $2,000 USD for lodging expenses that may result from the pandemic.

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

All these establishments and activities will require your QR code to prove completed vaccination:

  1. Restaurants, sodas, cafeterias, food courts, and food trucks
  2. Bars and casinos
  3. General stores, department stores, and shopping malls
  4. Museums
  5. Fitness centers
  6. Hotels, cabins, or lodging establishments
  7. Spas
  8. Activities, organizations, or congregations in places of worship, with more than 500 people. Events that do not exceed this capacity will not require a certificate but must apply the current measures for physical distancing of 1.8 meters, with up to 500 people
  1. Event rooms for business, academic or social activities
  2. Adventure tourism
  3. Theaters, cinemas, art and dance academies, and establishments for artistic activities
  4. Sports facilities

Would you like to check availability and ask questions?  Please contact us at [email protected]

We care about your safety and our associates. Olas Verdes efforts and protocols have been rewarded with the renowned certification from the World Travel & Tourism Council: SAFE TRAVELS

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