Going to Costa Rica right now is definitely possible and highly recommended.
The country has opened its borders to foreigners since October 15th 2020 in an effort to stimulate the economy and help get small businesses back up and running since the majority of Costa Rican’s generate income from the tourism industry. In order to do so the country has implemented very strict rules and guidelines for businesses to follow in order to keep everyone safe while allowing for the maximum amount of enjoyment for both nationals and foreigners. For instance there is a nationwide curfew in which all bars and restaurants have to be closed by 9 p.m. And of course there is also a limit on capacity, along with the usual social distancing guidelines like wearing masks in all public spaces, maintaining safe distance from others and temperature checks and sanitizing stations at the entrance of most businesses and public buildings.
The Current requirements for the Costa Rican government for people entering Costa Rica:
- Fill out a health declaration form
- Purchase travel insurance that will cover you in case you become ill with Covid-19 click here to go to the Costa Rican government page to fill out form and buy insurance.
Other than that its pretty much business as usual in Costa Rica. I just returned from a wonderful trip and was able to enjoy my time exploring and doing activities and enjoying some night life until the curfew. The benefit of this is that it forces you to enjoy your evening a little bit early which allows you to get to bed earlier and in turn gives you the energy to begin your day earlier and fit more things in. A pleasant and unintended consequence to the curfew.
Make sure that you check in with your country as far as their requirements for you returning. For example the United States beginning January 26th 2021 now requires all passengers entering the United States, including citizens, to present a negative test, and take it within three days of departure date. Or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.
If you are planning a trip to Costa soon than you will want to make sure you know where you can get an approved Covid19 test so that you can make sure you plan this errand in with your trip. It would be a shame to miss a flight due to not having your negative COVID19 test. Below is a list of the Clinics and labs around Costa Rica that offer the PCR Covid19 test and approved by the Government of Costa Rica. Make sure you ask if the laboratory or clinic that you use is approved by the government. The tests run between $100 – $130 in some remote regions they might be higher.
- Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo, Limon, or Cahuita: Laboratorio Bio Clinic in downtown Puerto Viejo
- Limon Province: Kerygma Clinica y Laboratorio located in Guapiles
- La Fortuna and Arenal: Unimed Urgent Care and Laboratorio Echandi
- Santa Teresa and Montezuma in southern Nicoya Peninsula: Life Guard Costa Rica in Playa Carmen
- Nicoya and Samara: Laboratorio Dr. Ricardo Cerdas and the Nicoya Church which offers hotel testing.
- Nosara: Paradise Medical Services
- Playas Del Coco, and Ocotal: Coco Medical and Dental Center
- Tamarindo, Flamingo, and Conchal: Beachside Clinic in Huacas
- Liberia: Vida Lab
- Rio Claro: Laboratorio Clinica Popular Rio Claro. Also offers mobile testing.
- Uvita, Dominical: Vargas Consultorio Medico, and Laboratorio Biotest in San Isidro
- Quepos and Manuel Antonio: Quepos Urgent Care in Downtown Quepos
- Jaco: Laboratorio Clinica Jaco Situated in Jaco Walk
- San Jose: Plaza Laureles in Escazu
There are many more Laboratories and clinics offering the test. Make sure to call before you go to verify the price and that they offer the exam. Hopefully this list is a good reference point and helps you find a testing location close to where you will be.
My name is Sebastian and I am a travel specialist with Pura Vida Packages. I have enjoyed traveling around this beautiful country that I want to share my experiences with you! If you’re planning a trip to Costa please download our free travel guide here.