Costa Rica Reopens in September to American Tourists from 6 Eastern States

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Costa Rica initially banned travelers from the U.S. when they first reopened on August 1 and now some Americans will be able to visit this tropical paradise.

In a nutshell: There are six states from the U.S. that will be allowed entry to Costa Rica on September 1st. They include residents of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.

First, in addition to your passport, you’ll have to prove you’re a resident of the six named states – easy, peasy.

Then, you’ll need to follow the requirements that were first introduced a couple of months ago.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Complete the electronic epidemiological Health Pass form – you can click on the English version (top right)
  • The RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 48 hours of travel to Costa Rica
  • You must have a return flight ticket
  • You must have Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica
    • Local insurance policies authorized for travelers are currently available through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) and by Sagicor Insurance Company
  • For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least three conditions:
    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 disease while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars)
    • And, it must include minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expense issues due to the pandemic

Passengers who fail to comply with these requirements may not enter the country.

In addition, visitors arriving in Costa Rica must wear face protection and comply with all protocols of the air terminal such as physical distancing, temperature readings, and any other sanitary instructions.

Private flights from the U.S. will also be allowed beginning September 1 with the same requirements per above.  BUT – if the arriving flight is from a state other than the six authorized above, visitors will be subject to an exception procedure that will be reviewed case by case.

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Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert, a freelance writer, an award-winning photographer, and the founder/publisher of Her 30+ year career includes serving as the Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine as well as planning wellness travel & retreats. An avid fan of the freedom from carrying cash or credit cards, Donna loves to visit all-inclusive wellness resorts in the U.S, and traveling to some of Mexico's and the Caribbean's many all-inclusive resorts several times each year. She's also a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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