Government authorities have extended the land border closure for tourists until April 1st, 2021, with the possibility of another extension if deemed necessary. Costa Rican authorities are reviewing the land border policy on a month-by-month basis, depending on COVID numbers.
Currently, tourists can exit Costa Rica via the land borders, however, they cannot enter the country this way. This means that both land borders – Peñas Blancas with Nicaragua and Paso Canoas with Panama – only allow the entry of Costa Rican citizens, and foreigners with legal permanence under the following categories: permanent residence, temporary residence, specials, and non-resident residence subcategory stay.
Upon entry to those authorized, a mandatory sanitary order of isolation for 14 days will be required. Additionally for foreigners with legal permanency, they must be up to date with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). Otherwise, they will need a travel insurance that covers at least the accommodation and medical expenses generated in the event of getting infected with the COVID virus, for a period of at least 22 days.
Tourist are still allowed to travel to Costa Rica via air, following COVID-19 entry requirements, such as: completed health pass and health insurance; along with a return ticket and valid passport.
Maritime borders are opened for Costa Rican citizens, legal residents and tourists, entering the country only by either yachts or sail boats.
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Report prepared by Rebecca Ayales