Costa Rica Reopening to All US Travelers

Costa Rica Reopening to All US Travelers

Costa Rica Will Reopen to U.S. Travelers from All 50 States on November 1, 2020. Currently, Americans from 19 states and Washington, DC are able to visit.

Requirements to Visit Costa Rica

  • Obtain a negative result on a RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to traveling to Costa Rica
  • Complete the Costa Rica Health Pass form
  • Obtain medical insurance, valid in Costa Rica, that will cover medical expenses of at least $50,000 should the traveler become ill from COVID-19 in Costa Rica. The coverage must also include a minimum of $2000 for lodging expenses incurred during COVID-19 treatment. Costa Rica insurers INS and Sagicor provide insurance policies that meet these requirements.


Who Can Visit Costa Rica Now, in October 2020?

Currently, residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wyoming can visit Costa Rica, when complying with the requirements above and providing a driver's license or state ID showing they reside in one of these eligible states.

As of October 15, 2020, residents of Florida, Georgia and Texas may also visit.


Where Can I Obtain a RT-PCR COVID-19 Test?

Given that the COVID-19 test must have been taken within the 72 hours prior to the flight to Costa Rica and return a negative result within that timeframe, time is of the essence. See Where to Get a Fast Coronavirus PCR Test to Travel.

But what if there's nowhere in your area that can provide such a fast turnaround? While there's still a slight risk of results not coming in time, the best chance may be Vault Health, which has partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to provide results within 24 hours after arrival in the lab. See Hawaiian Airlines COVID-19 Testing via Vault Health. From what we've seen, a reservation code isn't required, so going through the portal should get you the faster turnaround time after mailing back one's saliva sample, essentially 48 hours taking into account 1 day expedited shipping to the lab followed by 24 hours to provide the test results. Don't forget to order the test itself well in advance and to only open it under supervision of the Vault Health professional who will supervise your sample collection via Zoom video call.


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