NEW SANITARY MEASURES FOR ENTRY AND ACCESS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA *.

  • As of March 7, 2022: i. The Health Pass requirement is eliminated for the entry of nationals to the country, and ii. A random check will be conducted for foreigners.
  • Throughout the month of March 2022: The voluntary use of the QR Code is extended and the current capacity for stores, restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and social events is maintained as follows:
  1. For sports, cultural, academic and business activities, as well as clubs, dance halls and nightclubs, the capacity is extended to 100% when requesting the QR Code and to 50% without the use of the QR Code.
  2. In the case of National Parks, the presentation of the QR Code is not required.
  3. Tourists without vaccination, with incomplete vaccination schedule or inoculated with vaccines not endorsed by the WHO may continue to enter the country with a Health Pass and Travel Insurance.
  • As of April 1, 2022: i. For tourists, the Health Pass will be waived as a requirement to enter the country, as well as having insurance for unvaccinated foreigners. ii. All establishments, activities and events will be able to operate at 100% capacity without requiring the use of a QR code. iii. The Health Pass will be eliminated as a requirement to enter the country, as well as the requirement to pay insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.
  • Remains in effect: The mandatory use of masks, hand washing protocol and temperature taking before entering commercial establishments or activities. ii. Tourists without vaccination, with incomplete scheme or inoculated with vaccines not endorsed by WHO may continue to enter the country with Health Pass and Travel Insurance. iii. Tourists are not authorized to use a rapid antigen test before entering a commercial establishment instead of a vaccination certificate. iv. Prior to April 1, commercial establishments that choose to request proof of vaccination or QR code must admit customers up to 100% of their capacity; those that do not may operate at 50% of their capacity until April 1, as mentioned above.

 

  • Vaccines allowed in Costa Rica:

Vaccines against COVID 19 that are endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) or authorized by a strict regulatory agency such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America (FDA) remain approved.  The SPUTNIK vaccine is not allowed, it is not among the list of vaccines allowed by the Costa Rican health authorities since it is not yet authorized by the WHO.

VACCINE

OTHER NAMES DOSE
Astra Zeneca/Oxford Covishield

Vaxzervia

AXD1222

ChAdOx1

ChAdOx1_nCoV19 India

2
Pfizer/Biotech Comirnaty

BNT162b2

Tozinameran

2
Moderna Spikevax

mRNA-1273

2
Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Johnson & Johnson

Ad26.COV2.S

1
Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine (vero cell)

Coronavac TM

2
Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (vero cell)

Inactivated (InCov)

2
Covaxin BBV152

Bharat Biotech’s COVI-19 vaccine

2

  •  Entry of tourists recovered from COVID 19 vaccinated with only 1 dose:

The foreign national must show evidence of vaccination status (each country has its own mechanisms) on the Health Pass for verification by the authorities. This includes recovered travelers who have been given a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine by their health authority, and this is reflected on their vaccination document as “1/1” (one dose of one).

  • In the case of quarantine -from April 1, 2022 :

In case of infection by COVID-19 during their stay in Costa Rica, tourists must undergo a quarantine or isolation period of 7 days. This isolation cannot be interrupted if, during this period, a test with a negative result is obtained. Lodging costs during the isolation period must be covered by the tourist, either with his/her own resources or through insurance. It is recommended that all tourists entering the country acquire a sufficiently broad insurance policy to cover medical expenses and extended quarantine stay in case of possible Covid-19 infection.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach us at migracioncr@lexincorp.com.

Written by Federico Tinoco, Lexincorp Costa Rica

 

* Sources consulted:

 MS-DM-2030-2022. MINISTERIO DE SALUD – Resolución 12 hrs. 41 minutos del 25-Feb-2022.

Official site Esencial Costa Rica https://www.visitcostarica.com/es

Official site Ministry of Health https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr

Official site Costa Rican Institute of Tourism https://ict.go.cr/es/

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