Updated Information

Dear traveler:

We understand these are difficult times for many travelers. We would like to help you with current information about the COVID-19 in Costa Rica for all travelers who are in the country or are planning to travel in the next few days. Find the latest news and relevant information on the subject here:

The current situation:

  • From March 18, 23h59 to June 15th 23h59 only Costa Rican citizens or residents are allowed to enter Costa Rica. Aircraft crews are excluded from the rule so that flights can continue to take place. The airports are open.
  • Tourists can leave Costa Rica by plane and can also enter their home country. However, some countries require quarantine at home for 2 weeks. Please inform yourself about the conditions in your country.
  • Costa Rica has (as of May 25) 951 confirmed cases of COVID-19 diseases, 628 recoveries, and 10 deaths. The country has a very good health system and has been strictly implementing WHO recommendations since January, so the risk you get infected in Costa Rica is far less than in Europe. Please strictly adhere to known hygiene measures and behaviors when coughing and sneezing.
  • As of May 15, the vehicle restriction will apply as follows: The following plates cannot be driven across the country from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m:
    • Monday: Plates 1 and 2
    • Tuesday: Plates 3 and 4
    • Wednesday: Plates 5 and 6
    • Thursday: Plates 7 and 8
    • Friday: Plates 9 and 0
  • From 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. no vehicle may be driven except for emergency vehicles, grocery vehicles, or people traveling to work with a letter from the employer justifying the transfer. On Saturdays, vehicles with even numbers on their plates are not allowed to travel throughout the country. On Sundays, vehicles with odd numbers on their plates are not allowed to travel throughout the country from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • As of Tuesday, March 24th, all foreign residents or those with regular status in the country who leave the territory, automatically lose their immigration status.
  • Most confirmed cases in Costa Rica are in the Central Valley / Alajuela - San José.
  • As of May 15, only from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. beaches are open. As of May 18th, 8 National Parks will be open every day with a 50% capacity. Purchase of tickets must be made in advance preferably. Beaches in National Parks can be visited during the opening hours of the National Park but, you can only stay on the beach from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. From June 1, this restriction could change depending on the behavior of cases and the application of the protocols.

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