Starting next Monday, April 5 – after Easter – the country will open the land border for tourism; Interested parties must meet the immigration and health requirements established for entry and stay in Costa Rica.
The Minister of Tourism highlighted the importance of land openness for the national tourism industry, the one most affected by the pandemic.
“Many European tourists who visit Costa Rica are interested in multi-destination experiences, that is, they like to combine attractions of our country with those of neighboring nations such as Nicaragua, and Panama,” explained.
The country will admit tourists from groups one and two included in the general guidelines for entry and stay visas for non-residents, that is, they do not require visa. Those people whose nationality is in the third and fourth groups and who require a visa to be consulted or consulted, will be able to visit Costa Rica when the consulates of Costa Rica return to attend these procedures, on a date to be defined.
Tourists can verify if they require entry with or without a visa at the following link https://migracion.go.cr/Paginas/Visas.aspx, where the Migration and Immigration guideline can be found.
Regarding the mandatory health requirements in the framework of the pandemic, they are the following:
Complete the epidemiological digital form known as the Health Pass: https://salud.go.cr/
Acquire health insurance that meets the following coverages:
– Valid for the entire stay (coverage dates)
– $50,000 USD for medical expenses, including COVID-19
– $2,000 USD for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.
The epidemiological form must be previously validated by the Ministry of Health, with the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, which will review the medical insurance section as it has been doing with tourists who enter by air and sea. Once the person has completed these steps, they will obtain a QR code that will be verified by the immigration authorities at the border, as well as that the tourist has the ticket to continue the trip or return to the country of origin, demonstrate economic solvency (US $ 100.00 for each month of tourism) and have a valid passport in good condition.
The controlled mixed migratory flow that enters from Panama does not yet have an entry authorization to Costa Rica, therefore, these people must continue in the shelters enabled in that country. However, the entry of Nicaraguan people through the Sanitary Bubbles will continue to be carried out in accordance with the coordination that has been carried out since the previous year between the immigration authorities.