CAN US CITIZENS TRAVEL TO COSTA RICA?

Costa Rica is one of the finest sites of tourist attractions all over the world because of the wide variety of national parks all over the country making it ideal for tourists arriving from all over the globe. The situation of tourism all around Costa Rica has been affected due to the covid 19 pandemic and now when the effects of the covid 19 pandemic have decreased and the restrictions have been uplifted, Costa Rica has opened their borders again for tourism of tourists from all different countries around the world. 

Restrictions To Entry and Exit of US Citizens

After the upliftment of the restrictions, US citizens are now allowed to travel to Costa Rica. The citizens of all the 50 states of the United States and Washington, D.C can enter the country via flights and also from designated crossing sites present at land borders. From 1st August, the government of Costa Rica has allowed minors under the age of 18, without any insurance of travel, and adults who have been vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. For the visitors to enter Costa Rica, they will have to provide their record cards of vaccination. 

Medical Insurance: The people who have been vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus, need to carry their vaccine certificates. The visitors traveling to Costa Rica without taking a vaccine, are needed to provide proof of their medical insurances that can cover up for any kind of treatments related to covid 19 or regarding lodging for quarantine in Costa Rica. The visitors have the facility of purchasing medical insurance of Costa Rica from the Sagicor or National Insurance Institute of Costa Rica. This insurance will cover the entire stay of the visitor in Costa Rica. 

The duration of stay of the visitors coming to Costa Rica is decided by the Immigration officials of Costa Rica. The Immigration officials have been limiting the stay of the tourists such that the duration can correspond with the dates of coverage of the insurance policies against the Covid 19 virus. The tourists that seek to extend their period of staying at Costa Rica, need to contact the Directorate General taking charge of Migration, at Costa Rica. All the visitors need to complete a Health Pass via the online portal, 48 hours before traveling to Costa Rica. 

Additional Measures for the US citizens

The government of Costa Rica has implemented certain measures apart from the measures related to the coronavirus for the visitors traveling from the US. The additional measures are as follows: 

  • The visitors from the US must have a passport that is valid and also proof of their intext to exit the country within the given period. The visitors must have an onward ticket or a ticket of return to the US as proof of their intent to leave the country after a certain period. 
  • The citizens of the United States having a permanent or temporary residency in Costa Rica are allowed to enter the country through flights and also through crossings created on land borders by the authorized government. The visitors while entering the country must have the following documents: 
    • Passport
    • Evidence of up-to-date Caja payments for every person entering the country. The citizens of the US with the residency of Costa Rica must have their Caja payments cleared up, if not so, then they must clear their payments within 22 days of their arrival at the country and must also purchase the health insurance of the Costa Rican government to cover for their cost of any kind of treatments related to Covid 19 or during the period of their lodging for 22 days. 
    • Valid DIMEX.
    • A complete Health Pass.

The individuals who are willing to travel from Costa Rican land borders crossing site to Nicaragua must provide a negative Covid 19 test proof that has been taken not more than 72 hours before them crossing the borders. Various testing locations have been set up all around the country to facilitate excellent covid testing facilities.

Covid 19 tests and Quarantine

The visitors traveling from the US are not required to provide a negative Covid 19 RTPCR test result before entering Costa Rica. Although, all the visitors must have possession of the Health Pass and have proof of their health insurance that can cover any kind of complications related to the Covid 19 virus during the time of stay of the individual in Costa Rica.  The government undergoes procedures of screening at airports and other places of entry. Travelers showing any kind of symptoms related to the covid 19 virus, will have to undergo covid 19 tests at the airport itself and if tested positive, the individuals will be quarantined. 

The citizens of the US who have not been tested positive, don’t have to quarantine. The individuals who have been tested as positive will have to stay quarantined for 10-14 days depending completely upon their condition. Even if the visitor tests negative during the 10–14-day period, the visitor has to mandatorily remain quarantined for the total period of 10-14 days. Every individual traveling via a flight who has tested positive for the covid 19 results, needs to provide proof of them undergoing a quarantine period of 14 days before boarding the transportation. The tourists who have been overstaying their term of visa due to the quarantine sanitary orders, will not be penalized but individuals who violate the sanitary order of the government will be subjected to a penalty of 450,200-2300000 colones according to the extent of their violation.

Conclusion

The Covid 19 virus has rigged the whole system of tourism in Costa Rica with numerous cases of the virus all over the country during the peak of the virus. As the number of cases of the virus has significantly decreased, the borders of Costa Rica have opened for tourists. The citizens of the United States are allowed to enter the country, with numerous measures taken to control the virus and prevent the spread of the virus from any affected visitor, by taking necessary measures according to the health of the individual.

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