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Is Costa Rica open for tourism?

Updated: Jun 12, 2021

Costa Rica is one of the safest travel destinations and it is open for travellers from all over the world.

If you are looking for safe places to travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Costa Rica is definitely one of the best options!

Costa Rican borders are open and a COVID-test is no longer required to enter. In order to continue receiving internationals, the Costa Rican government is taking careful measures to avoid contagion within its borders.

If you want to get some fresh air after a hectic year, read this post and find all the information needed to enjoy an incredible vacation.


There are no quarantine requirements in place for anyone who enters the country who is not exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19.

There are a number of requirements that you must meet to enter the country. Here is a list of what you need to do before getting on the plane.

  • Complete the digital form Health Pass 48hrs before boarding. It must be completed by every person, including minors.

  • Purchase travel insurance, covering accommodations in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. In case of international insurance, the tourist must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting at least four conditions:

  1. Person name.

  2. Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica.

  3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).

  4. Minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to quarantine

You can purchase from the following local insurance agencies.

This international insurances have also been useful:

  1. BlueCross BlueShield

  2. Trawick International Insurance

Please NOTE that these measures are subject to changes depending on the pandemic situation. For more information about COVID-19 in Costa Rica, please visit the official site: Costa Rica Covid-19 Situation.


Costa Rican officials announce that restrictions within the country will gradually decrease according to the cases of covid.

Despite having freedom of mobility between different cities and states, there are certain measures that have been taken that you must be aware of:


  • The use of a mask is mandatory inside every establishment. It must cover your nose and mouth.

  • It is important to always maintain a physical distance of 1.8 meters with people who do not belong to your social bubble.

  • Vehicular restriction: For all provinces, cars can only circulate between 5am to 10pm, does not apply to tourist on rental cars.

Within the city of San Jose from Monday to Friday, the finished plates cannot circulate in:

  • Monday: 1 and 2.

  • Tuesday: 3 and 4.

  • Wednesday: 5 and 6.

  • Thursday: 7 and 8.

  • Friday: 9 and 0.

  • Public transport: Continues normally, the use of masks is mandatory throughout the trip.

  • Regulation of establishments: Hours of establishments throughout the country are Monday through Sunday from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.

More information is available on the official website: Alerta Covid

Also, a new telephone hotline (1322) was put in place that is dedicated to Coronavirus consultation. Check COSTA RICA CONTRA EL COVID-19.

As of June 12th, about 37% of the population has received their first vaccine dose. Regarding the situation of Covid-19 specifically for the Dominical area and coastal communities, we can say that it is pretty mellow, most establishments and business take precautions seriously, the use of mask and mandatory hand washing stations help to fight the contagion. There is plenty of open air and sunlight which makes it easy for everyone to stay safe.


Most tourists towns in Costa Rica have hospitals and private clinics that are offering the PCR test result within 24hrs. Prices are quite high, they vary from $100 to $180 usd.

Near Dominical area there are three options where you can get your PCR test done before your flight:

Starting May 14th SJO Airport will offer on-site Antigen test, offering results within an hour.

Price is only $65 usd and it will be available 24/7. For more info visit here:

Now that you have all the necessary information, you can purchase your plane ticket and prepare for the adventure!

If you are looking for advice on accommodation, activities in nature, transportation, surf vacations or surf lessons in Dominical Beach, feel free to get in touch, we are here for you.

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