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Costa Rica Cancelled COVID-19 Masking and Vaccination Requirements

August 7, 2022 • 12:33 pm CDT
by Manuel de la Fuente
(Vax Before Travel)

The President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves, recently confirmed that proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wearing face masks are no longer mandatory to enter the Central American country, local media reported on August 5, 2022.

And, Costa Rica will stop requiring a health insurance policy for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

These changes come after almost 93% of Costa Ricans had their first dose and 10% a fourth dose, according to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

President Chaves announced these pending changes in May 2022.

And the U.S. CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling from Costa Rica to the Us to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

However, the CDC suggests several travel vaccines to protect people before visiting Costa Rica.

And from a security perspective, the U.S. Department of State maintains a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, travel advisory for Costa Rica.

As of April 19, 2022, the advisory says, 'While petty crime is the predominant threat for tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime occurs in Costa Rica, and the local government provides additional security resources in areas frequented by tourists.'

If Americans need assistance, the U.S. Embassy San Jose is located at Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica - Phone: (506) 2519-2000.

Note: Costa Rica has recently confirmed local cases of the monkeypox virus.