Travel to Costa Rica opened initially from August 1st for residents of some US states. However starting November 1st, 2020 American residents from all US states can enter Costa Rica according to the official announcement on October 16th.
Costa Rica has many sanitation controls in place both for visitors as well as the country’s residents. One of the safety measures introduced by the Central American government is the Costa Rican health pass -an essential form; to reinstate tourism in the safest method possible.
This form has details on the visitor's contact, travel and insurance evidence of the individual visiting the country. All visitors are required to complete this health pass from 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. On completing this form a QR code will be sent as evidence of obtaining the health pass, without which travelers will not be granted entry into the country.
While you travel to Costa Rica all visitors need to provide their travel information, insurance details and contact information. All tourists have to complete a new Health pass form individually for each trip to Costa Rica. You will be asked to read and accept the legal terms and conditions of the health pass while completing the form.
All tourists under the age of 18 parent or legal guardian will need to complete the form.
Yes. All visitors are required to obtain travel insurance coverage on your trip to Costa Rica. Visitors need to obtain an insurance certificate with complete details of insurance policy covering Covid19 related expenses. Additionally the certificate should include the traveler’s name, travel dates with proof of minimum coverage. Insurance smart cards will not be accepted as a proof of insurance coverage. In an event where you should quarantine the insurance cover will help you protect yourself from any unexpected costs you may not be able to pay.
Travelers should have insurance policy coverage for medical expenses and accommodation expenses along with Covid19 coverage. Without a Coronavirus coverage in the insurance policy the entry into the country will be refused.
Costa Rica doesn’t have any requirement that a traveler should present a negative Covid test report or they need to be vaccinated .All international travel bans have been eased and tourists from across the globe are now welcomed into the country with the use of this documentation for an entry. If any of the visitors is showing symptoms of COVID-19 then the entry may be refused.
Yes, visitors who are not citizens of Costa Rica need a health pass to enter into the country irrespective of their age . Parents or legal guardians should complete the forms for children under 2-17 and the only exception is given to the children under the age 2.
Completing the health form takes only a few minutes. Once you get the QR Code you can save it on your mobile phone or take a print out and carry it along to the airport.
After completing the details on the health pass, visitors will receive a QR identification code. The details provided by the visitor are electronically saved and protected under the Costa Rican laws and regulations .This helps the visitors to pass through the immigration checks and security checks at the border and get an entry into the country. All visitors on receiving the QR code need to carry it during the entire travel period. It can be printed or saved in the mobile phone.
Yes, you will be denied entry into the country. All visitors are required to fill out the health pass form at least 72 hours prior to arrival. At the airport you need to produce the QR code without which you will not be allowed beyond the airport check points
The small tropical central American nation of Costa Rica with barely 5 million people, is very popular with US students for study abroad programs. Costa Rica is located close to the equator and has tropical weather throughout the year. This beautiful country has some of the most amazing wonders of the world with some of the greatest biodiversity for both flora and fauna. This is an excellent environment for ecology, biology and zoology students. As a Spanish speaking nation, it also provides an excellent opportunity for learning Spanish. All these facilities are available to US students at a very affordable price, as the cost of living is quite low when compared to Europe or other popular study abroad destinations.
Healthcare in Costa Rica is very good, however it is important for US students to have proper international student medical insurance since most domestic US insurance plans have limited coverage outside the US.
The GlobeHopper Senior plan is available either as the GlobeHopper Single-Trip plan for coverage from 5 days to 365 days, or as a GlobeHopper Multi-trip plan which covers 12 months with a maximum of 30 days per each overseas trip. The GlobeHopper Senior plan is very popular since it provides coverage of $1 million up to the age of 79 years and $100,000 for travelers more than 80 years old. The plan includes $2,500 cover for sudden unexpected recurrence of a pre-existing condition and $25,000 for emergency medical evacuation.
It is wonderful to see so many older Americans traveling to Costa Rica. However while visiting Costa Rica is exciting, US citizens should realise that Medicare and its supplements provide very little coverage outside US borders. There is a US travel health insurance for Costa Rica specifically designed for older American travelers. Indianapolis based International Medical Group (IMG) offers GlobeHopper Senior as an affordable overseas travel medical insurance option for US citizens and US permanent residents 65 years and older.
Year-round sunshine, breathtaking views, laid-back atmosphere and close proximity to national parks all make Tamarindo a popular destination for family vacations.
San Jose, is a modern city, complete with accommodation, shopping, dining, nightlife, and arts and culture. Surrounded by lush green valleys and mountains.
Arenal was the most active volcano in Costa Rica, and it’s frequent, small explosions once provided incredible shows of spewing lava.
Playa Jaco is a hugely popular destination because it offers the best of Costa Rica from gorgeous beaches to wildlife, outdoor activities and sizzling nightlife.
Mekatelyu, Bribri, Patois
Costa Rican Colón
Around 4 million
Dec to Apr
Manuel Antonio National Park, San Jose, La Fortuna, San Carlos, Monteverde, Tortuguero National Park, Tamarindo.