Updated August 30, 2021
Costa Rica has a robust medical system. While COVID-19 cases continue to rise, testing is available and and precautions have been implemented by the government. Some helpful information to consider:
- Face masks are required to enter any business (face shields only are not permitted)
- There are no large-scale social events (parades, concerts, etc.)
- Churches are able to meet with protocols in place
- Transportation is operating normally (buses may have capacity restrictions)
- Restaurants are operating at smaller capacities and social distancing
- Beach hours are now back to normal hours
- National parks are open
Entry Requirements for Costa Rica
- No Covid-19 negative tests are required from US citizens at this time to enter Costa Rica.
- All persons entering Costa Rica must fill out an epidemiological form online pre-travel.
- All unvaccinated persons entering Costa Rica must show proof of insurance (with specific coverage). Proof of vaccine card is accepted with name, date of vaccine, and type of vaccine.
Entry Requirements to the USA from Costa Rica
As of January 26, 2021, the United States Government is requiring that all persons entering the United States from any country abroad (whether or not they are U.S. citizens) to show proof of a negative PCR or negative antigen test within 72 hours of arrival in the USA. Costa Rica has medical capabilities to fulfill this requirement within the time restriction at one of its various labs or hospitals. While the USA is progressing with mass vaccinations and vaccinated persons are able to travel, the USA still requires as of this update, that all persons entering the USA to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of arrival.
Consistent Guidance and Updated Information
The CALL program coordinator will consistently monitor changes and updated to the above information and will be available to guide on-campus Spanish students with regards to medical care, entry and exit requirements, and government restrictions.