As from this Monday, October 26, Costa Rica no longer requires inbound passengers to show proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The only two requirements for entry are:
1) Fill out an epidemiological form for the Health Ministry
2) Purchase a mandatory emergency medical insurance plan from a State Approved Insurer.
Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura said that these measures seek to encourage visitors to the country during the peak season that will begin next November. In addition, effective November 1, Costa Rica will open its airports to visitors from anywhere in the world. The country has gradually reopened its air borders since August 1, with a view to reactivating a weakened tourism sector in the midst of the health crisis.
Segura insisted that, since October 9, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) considered it unnecessary to require negative PCR tests or quarantines for international flights: “The requirement of negative PCR tests for foreign and Costa Rican tourists is removed. These people will not receive a sanitary order of confinement to enter the country,” explained the official, who asked airlines and tourism companies to carefully comply with sanitary measures.