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Costa Rica Reopens For US Citizens at a Cost

April 7, 2021 • 6:35 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that Costa Rica’s land borders reopened to U.S. citizen tourists as of April 5, 2021.

However, U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica via a designated land border crossing must purchase a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging in Costa Rica for the duration of their stay, announced the US Department of State.

The policy must guarantee coverage for medical expenses in cases of COVID-19 related medical treatment in the amount of 50,000 USD and minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness. 

It is possible to purchase an international policy or purchase a Costa Rican insurance policy through the National Insurance Institute or Sagicor of Costa Rica.  Visit this link for an unofficial English language translation of this announcement. 

The Ministry of Tourism has also announced that as of April 5th, U.S. citizens with temporary/permanent Costa Rican residency entering Costa Rica via a designated land border crossing will no longer be issued a 14-day sanitary order. 

Costa Rica’s Directorate for Migration has also announced that persons intending to cross from Costa Rica into Nicaragua via a designated land border crossing must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of their intended border crossing.  For more information on this requirement, visit this link.  

Additionally, the Directorate of Migration announced that visas for tourists who entered Costa Rica between December 17, 2019, and November 30, 2020, have been extended until June 2, 2021. 

The Costa Rica National Emergency Commission has announced that the nationwide COVID-19 restrictions, which began on March 1, 2021, will continue during the month of April.  For an unofficial English language translation of these restrictions, follow this link.