We are thrilled that on September 1st, 2020, Costa Rica will open airports to select states in the US! Costa Rica will allow tourists from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia. Entry for other states such as Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania will be allowed from September 15th. The current airports that are connecting to Costa Rica are Newark, La Guardia, and John F. Kennedy.
Costa Rica opened to Canada and the European Union on August 1st. They later added a total of 45 countries to the list! We are hopeful that this is just the start. Soon Costa Rica will be able to host guests from all over the world!
Tourism is truly the heart of Costa Rica and represents the countries’ biggest industry. In 2019, more than 1.3 million tourists came from the United States alone. So we are excited to welcome everyone back soon.
Travel Requirements to Enter Costa Rica
There are several requirements to enter the country. These include:
• having travel insurance that covers COVID-19, issued in English or Spanish.
• a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight.
• proof of residency from the allowed country. For example a drivers license.
• an epidemiological health pass. You can fill out this form here. https://salud.go.cr
The San Jose and the Liberia airports are holding high standards for cleanliness and security. They are enforcing all protocols to ensure the safety of their passengers. Everyone is required to wear masks upon arrival, take a temperature reading, and to stay socially distanced as much as possible.
Costa Rica has re-opened all outdoor activities such as ziplining, surfing, jet-skiing, white water rafting, waterfall tours, and more! Most activities offer private tours as well to stay socially distanced. However, indoor spaces do require a mask. So we do recommend having one on you at all times.
Fortunately, most restaurants are open-air so social distancing can be a bit easier. Also, many hotels have open-air hallways to rooms and open-air lobbies which helps make Costa Rica a great option for safer travel.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. If you have any additional questions about traveling to Costa Rica or about event restrictions, we would love to answer those for you! Leave us a comment below.