Costa Rica Travel Restrictions

1,639.2 active COVID-19 cases out of 100,000 people
27.67% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 23.94% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from Canada can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.
For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Costa Rica for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.

Costa Rica entry details and exceptions

Tourists must acquire mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in the event of quarantine as well as medical expenses due to contracting COVID-19.

The insurance policy may be obtained from any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:

    Valid for the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).
    50,000 USD for medical expenses, including those from COVID-19.
    2,000 USD for lodging expenses in the event of COVID-19 quarantine.
Find all details here.

Outgoing travel to Costa RicaTraveling from Canada to Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from Canada are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Costa Rica.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from Canada will need to quarantine for days upon entering Costa Rica.

Epidemiological Health Pass Form

This pass will be available 48 hours before boarding.

Health Insurance


Return travelReturning to Canada from Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travelers returning from Costa Rica must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to Canada.


Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test, other exemptions includes, a crew member or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member, emergency service providers, technical stops – flights refueling.

Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada at their own expense. Travelers are also required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine. They will receive a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport/border. Those who refuse will receive a $750 fine.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Costa Rica will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine, this includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel, at their own expense (approximately 2,000 CAD) and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost.

Towards the end the quarantine period, travelers will be required to take another COVID-19 test. they will be required to stay in their place of quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function as identified in the Order under the Quarantine Act. Exemption will be validated for each entry into Canada.

Other COVID-19 restrictions for Costa Rica

Masks:Required on public transportation.


  • Most visitors from Canada can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.

  • Travelers from from Canada are required to isolate for days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Travelers from Canada are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Required on public transportation.

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