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Costa Rica Travel Restrictions

68.60% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 67.52% last week
Most visitors from New Zealand 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.

All travelers, except tourists who are 0-18 years old and fully vaccinated individuals should fill out the Health Pass 72 hours prior to their departure date.

Unvaccinated tourists, tourists with incomplete vaccination and tourists administered with vaccine other than Moderna, PfizerBioNTech, AstraZeneca 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 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 New Zealand to Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

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

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from New Zealand are not required to quarantine after entering Costa Rica.

Documents
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 New Zealand from Costa Rica

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Costa Rica must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure to New Zealand.

Details and exceptions

Exemptions apply to the following:

1. Children who are under two years of age.

2. Individuals who can present a medical certificate verifying they have been examined no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and have been determined to be unable to undertake a test for medical reasons but do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19

3. Individuals with past (recovered) cases of COVID-19 who have a positive 72 hour or less test result, but have a medical certificate for showing that the individual is no longer considered by a medical practitioner to be infectious with COVID-19

Quarantine requirements

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

Details and exceptions

Travelers to New Zealand from all countries, except eligible passengers from a quarantine-free travel zone (Niue and Cook Islands), must complete a 14-day stay in a managed isolation or quarantine facility.

Quarantine-free travel for Australian passengers are temporary suspended until further notice.

Documents
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher

Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Costa Rica

Masks:Required on public transportation.
Restaurants:Open
Bars:Open

FAQs

  • Most visitors from New Zealand can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from New Zealand can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand can enter Costa Rica without restrictions.

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

  • Travellers from New Zealand are not required to quarantine.

  • Mask usage in Costa Rica is required on public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Costa Rica are open. Bars in Costa Rica are open.