Costa Rica Travel Restrictions

75,12% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 74,37% last week
Most visitors from South Africa can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.

Costa Rica entry details and exceptions

Travelers who are going to Costa Rica are not required to provide a negative PCR test result or undergo a quarantine.

Unvaccinated tourists, tourists with incomplete vaccination and tourists administered with vaccine other than Moderna, PfizerBioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Covaxin, or Janssen will need to present a travel insurance that covers lodging and medical expenses in case of contracting COVID-19. The required medical insurance should have a guaranteed $50,000 for medical expenses and $2000 for lodging expenses. Costa Rican citizens, tourists under the age of 18 and tourists vaccinated with approved vaccines in Costa Rica are exempt from presenting a health insurance.

Fully vaccinated individuals are recognized if they have been inoculated with Moderna, PfizerBioNTech, AstraZeneca or Janssen. Vaccine should have been administered 14 days after the end of the vaccination process before entry to the country. The vaccine certificate must be attached to the Health Pass.

More details regarding entry to Costa Rica can be found here.

Outgoing travel to Costa RicaTravelling from South Africa to Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

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

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Costa Rica.

Epidemiological Health Pass Form

The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

Health Insurance

Tourists may get an insurance from Costa Rican insurance companies that are registered and authorized by the General Superintendence of Insurance of Costa Rica.

Return travelReturning to South Africa from Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

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

Details and exceptions
traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Costa Rica are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Details and exceptions
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.

Other COVID-19 restrictions for Costa Rica

Masks:Required on public transportation.