Travel to Costa Rica in times of corona - What do you need to know?

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All you need to know about travelling to Costa Rica in times of corona

Last update: 18 May, 2022

Did you book a trip to Costa Rica or are you considering to travel here (post) pandemic? International travel to Costa Rica is very well possible! In fact, all restrictions were lifte on 1 April, 2022, which makes travelling here even easier than before. On this page you can find everything you need to know about travel to Costa Rica in the post pandemic times.

Since all members of the Edventure Travel team live and work in Costa Rica, we are very well informed about the local situation. We speak Spanish, follow the news closely, and share all information relevant to travellers below. This page is kept up-to-date. Nevertheless, changes in the rules and regulations may occur. Remember to always check the official authorities for last-minute changes or relevant news prior to your departure.

Do you want to know more about the situation in Panama or Nicaragua? Ask us  here for more info.

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Important news from Costa Rica:

Since April 1st 2022, all covid-19 restrictions are lifted in Costa Rica. Travelling around in Costa Rica was already possible, but this makes it even easier to get in and around the country. Under ‘all you need to know to prepare for your travels to Costa Rica‘ you find out what this means.

Since November 1st, 2020, travellers from all countries have been welcome in Costa Rica, after the country was closed for a few months. Since then, we have already received many travelers who, despite the coronavirus, have been able to enjoy their travels in Costa Rica.

Both the international airport Juan Santamaria in Alajuela (near the capital San Jose) and the international airport Liberia (near the beaches in Guanacaste) are open. Read on for more information on what to expect on the airports.

Since April 5 2021, Costa Rica re-opened its land borders with Nicaragua and Panama for tourists, which allows for multi-destination experiences.

Costa Rica has the World Travels & Tourism Council’s Safe Travel Seal
Tourism is one of the largest industries in Costa Rica. Everyone who works in this sector (think of hotels, tour operators, restaurants, transporters, etc.) is bound by protocols that are imposed and monitored by the government. You can rest assured that everything has been done to ensure that travelers travel as safely and carefree as possible!

This has also been confirmed by the World Travels & Tourism Council. They recognize Costa Rica as a safe destination. The WTTC has evaluated the health and safety protocols imposed by the Costa Rican Ministry of Tourism. Costa Rica as a country has been awarded the Safe Travels label.

All you need to know to prepare for your travels to Costa Rica

If you want to travel to Costa Rica in times of (post)corona, read the following information:

You DO NOT need:

You DO need:
To travel to Costa Rica you only need a valid passport and proof that you will leave the country within 90 days. You can prove this with your flight ticket for the return (or onward) journey. It’s that simple!

Recommendations before travelling to Costa Rica:

  1. Check the travel advice of your home country
    First of all, make sure you are familiar with the current travel advise for Costa Rica. Please check the website of your home government for more info. Keep in mind that your home country may have rules for travelers, such as self-isolation after returning home. You may also need to do a negative PCR-test or Antigen-test in Costa Rica before departing for your final destination. If you travel with us, we’d be happy to help you with all these arrangements.
  2. Bring reusable mouth masks
    At the airport in Costa Rica, wearing a face mask is still mandatory. Also check whether this is the case with the airline you are flying with. We recommend packing a number of (reusable) mouth caps just in case.
  3. Check in advance what to do in case of a corona infection in Costa Rica
    If you unexpectedly become infected with corona during your holiday in Costa Rica, it is good to know what the protocol is. We describe this in detail later in this blog.

When you book a trip with Edventure Travel, we do not only advise you during the preparation of your holiday. We also provide 24/7 telephone support to our travelers in Costa Rica. We live and work in Costa Rica and are therefore never far away. That gives a safe feeling!

What to expect in Costa Rica:

Everything is open. All beaches are open and outdoor tourist activities (such as zip lining, fishing, surfing lessons, cycling, etc) are allowed as well. We do recommend making reservations in advance.

National parks are all open. For some national parks you need to book your tickets online in advance, such as for Manuel Antonio, Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Rosa.

Hotels, restaurants and bars are open and there is no night curfew.

It is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask, although this is still done voluntarily in many places.

Do you want to know the current numbers and statistics? Scroll down to the bottom of this page for an extensive and live info sheet of the Costa Rican government.

What if you get infected with the corona virus in Costa Rica?

If during your vacation in Costa Rica you suspect you have contracted COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, you should call the local telephone number 1322. This is the official number of the authorities, and you should follow their advice.

If indeed you are infected with the corona virus during your vacation in Costa Rica, you are required to self-isolate for 7 days. In any case, you cannot leave the country until your isolation has passed. The refusal or early termination of the insulation is fined.

The Costa Rican health system is among the best health systems in the region. Costa Ricans are insured through the national health care system and use government clinics, hospitals, etc. There are also several private hospitals.

Some background info

Read general information below on how Costa Rica has battled the corona crisis so far.

How it started:
When the first infections were confirmed at the beginning of March 2020, the Costa Rican government responded very quickly. A curfew was enforced and the airports, borders and many businesses were closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. This approach proved effective and the total number of infections (450 at the peak) and deaths (total 12) remained very limited.

The 2nd and 3rd wave:
Between July 2020 and April 2021, Costa Rica was in a second corona wave. This time the number of infections was between 800 and 1500 per day, with fairly mild measures. At the end of August 2021, the number of infections rose further, putting pressure on the public healthcare system for the first time. The Costa Rican government tightened the measures for that reason.
However, the rules have been considerably relaxed since November until the end of 2021 and they were completely lifted by 1 April 2022. Only certain hygiene protocols may continue to apply. A holiday to Costa Rica in corona time was already very possible, but this is now even easier!

The epicenter
The epicenter of the infections in Costa Rica is the “central valley”. This is the region in and around the capital San Jose and the airport in Alajuela. The vast majority (about 3 out of a total of 5.5 million) of the Costa Ricans live in this region. It is the economic heart of the country, but not a destination of significance for tourists.
This region is the least popular among travelers. After all, what makes Costa Rica so attractive are the rainforests, cloud forests, mountains, volcanoes and beaches! You will probably spend very little or no time in the San Jose area.

Do you have any questions?

Have you booked a trip with Edventure Travel  or Green Circle Experience or are you considering booking a trip with us?

We understand that it is quite a lot of information and that you may have questions. It is certainly possible to travel to Costa Rica, even in corona times. We are happy to guide you and are of course also in Costa Rica at the time of your trip. That is certainly one of the advantages of booking with a local travel company.

Please contact us for more information about our travel offer, applicable protocols and our conditions.
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Scroll down for the info chart with current figures and statistics.

Current numbers and statistics of Costa Rica

The infogram below is provided and updated daily by the Costa Rican government. Unfortunately, the text is only available in Spanish. We have translated the most important concepts. You can find this under the info sheet.


Translation of terms from the infogram:

Casos confirmados = confirmed cases
Casos nuevos = new cases (per day)
Nacionales = total cases among Costa Ricans
Extranjeros = total cases among foreigners

Acumulados = total number of cases
Activos = active cases
Recuperados = recovered

Casos activos = active cases
Casos recuperados = recovered cases
Fallecidos = Fatalities
Casos acumulados = total of cases
Rangos de edad = age ranges

Descartados = Negative tested
Muestras totales = Total number of executed tests

Hospitalizaciones actuales por covid19, segun hospital y servicio = Number of hospitalized cases per hospital
Total: total
Salón: Regular care
UCI: Intensive care
Edades en UCI: Age ranges of patients admitted to intensive care

Casos de covid-19 según grupos de edad y condición = Number of covid-19 patients per age group
Casos de covid-19 según grupos de residencia y condición = Number of covid-19 patients per province