If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica, here is what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Costa Rica was one of the first countries to reopen to tourism, which it did in November 2020. So far, nearly 1 million travelers have visited the country in 2021, representing nearly 70% of pre-pandemic levels. However, the Delta variant hit the country hard in 2021, with hospitals “dangerously full” at the peak, and Costa Rica finishing at the top of the list of newest cases globally. Fortunately, cases have decreased and are now at some of the lowest levels seen in months. The US CDC advises against all travel to the country.
Costa Rica is known for its “pura vida” and, apart from the pandemic, life is still pure here. This is a country for nature lovers, with a Caribbean and peaceful coastline, and a jungle that covers about a quarter of the country.
Whether you’re here for the cloud forests, volcanoes, or incredible nature and wildlife, your shoulders will definitely drop a few inches. Most visitors pass through the capital San José as a mere waypoint, but it is a beautiful city, with impressive architecture, public art, and museums.
Everyone. Costa Rica reopened, including for tourism, on November 1, 2020. However, of course, there are restrictions. And the standard visa regulations still apply. Starting in January 2022, many activities will be restricted to those who have been vaccinated, the government announced. Although entry rules will not change, restrictions on the ground will make it less attractive to the unvaccinated. In August, the president of Costa Rica signed a law that allows “digital nomads” to stay in the country for up to two years.
To qualify, individuals must earn at least $ 3,000 per year and families must earn at least $ 5,000. Benefits include the ability to open a Costa Rican bank account and your local US driver’s licenses are respected locally. You do not need a negative Covid-19 PCR test result as initially. All passengers must complete a health pass within 72 hours of travel. The website provides a QR code that you must show upon arrival. As of August 1, fully vaccinated adults and anyone under the age of 18 (regardless of vaccination status) are exempt from the travel insurance requirement.