COVID-19 has clipped the wings of those of us with Wanderlust. It has given us the time to appreciate that travel is necessary, and that it is good for us! We can begin new journeys of discovery, Costa Rica checks lots of boxes:
it’s beautiful, it’s small and so easy to get around.
it is an adventure wonderland: the beaches are fantastic, the rainforests are awesome, the volcanoes are jaw-dropping,
the locals are friendly, the culture impressive, and the food is scrumptious
Costa Ricans are very proud of their country, and we definitely agree with them as this small, developing nation seems to have shined a light of hope yet again! When you decide to travel again, we look forward to warmly welcoming you - to Costa Rica, to the Osa Peninsula, and of course, to our sanctuary Ojo del Mar! In the meantime stay safe and stay healthy!
A decrease in new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and related deaths over recent weeks led Costa Rican authorities to ease measures for November 2021.
Costa Rica is welcoming tourists who arrive via flights (commercial or private) or boats (yachts or sailboats).. The land borders are open to tourists, residents and citizens.
A negative coronavirus test is not required for entry to Costa Rica. Minors and vaccinated tourists can enter Costa Rica without insurance. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults must purchase health insurance covering the duration of their stay in Costa Rica.
All outdoor tourism activities are permitted. All national parks are open (most up to 100% capacity).
Guests are required to wear masks in some outdoors situations, so come prepared. (e.g. You need to wear a mask when purchasing your ticket to a national park, but you can remove the mask when you’re hiking.)
Businesses and activities
The vast majority of businesses can operate (with some capacity restrictions) from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. This includes restaurants, bars, religious gatherings, movie theaters and farmer’s markets. Delivery and some essential services can operate without time restrictions.
Notable exit requirements
Costa Rica does not impose any Covid-related measures to leave the country. However, some foreign countries (such as the United States) do require a negative test if flying into or transiting through that nation. Both Costa Rica airports offer Covid-19 tests to help facilitate travel.
Upcoming Costa Rica vaccine mandate
As of December 1, businesses may start requiring a vaccine of their customers (ages 12 and up). As of January 8, 2022, it will be required of most non-essential businesses.
Vaccines will be required to enter: Restaurants and food courts; bars and casinos; stores and commercial centers; museums; gyms; hotels; worship sites; event halls; adventure tourism; theaters and cinemas; sporting events.
Vaccine proof will be via a QR code. Citizens and residents can already request their code through the Health Ministry. Tourists will be able to use the QR code issued as part of the Health Pass.