Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, to discover wildlife or take a dip in crystal clear waters, Costa Rica is a popular travel destination for sun-seekers and nature lovers alike. If you’re planning a trip to this Central American country, you’ll need to consider what health requirements you need to meet before travel.
Costa Rica has introduced its own health certificate to control the spread of the coronavirus, similar to the systems other countries have in place. The Costa Rica Health Pass ensures that you are either vaccinated or have travel insurance to cover medical bills you may incur to cover COVID-19 treatment during your stay.
Anyone who’s visiting the country must complete a Health Pass form. Byevisa can provide this for you, as we offer the Health Pass to anyone who is planning a trip for business or tourist purposes.
Read on for more details about the Costa Rica Health Pass, and what you need to do to apply.
All About the Costa Rica Health Pass
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many countries have set up their own travel permit or system to allow tourists to visit their country. Costa Rica has its own Health Pass, which enables international visitors to travel here in a safe and controlled way. It enables officials to keep people safe and to control the spread of the pandemic.
All passengers – whether you’re a tourist, a resident or a national – need to complete this form, so you will need to complete it too! This mandatory form is available online and Byevisa can facilitate this in our easy and quick online application. Once completed, you will receive a QR code to show authorities at border control. You need to take this code with you to the airport, but you don’t need to print it. Just make sure that you can show it on an electronic device.
If you’re travelling with children, you’ll need to fill out a Health Pass form on their behalf. This also applies to any of your dependents if you’re travelling with them.
The Health Pass is not the same as a visa. If you need to obtain a visa for travel here, you’ll need to go through the usual process. Check our Costa Rica Visa page for more details and guidance.
Costa Rica Health Pass Form Requirements
If you’re ready to apply for your Health Pass, then you need to fill out an online application. It’s quick and simple to complete through Byevisa. You’ll be asked for a few personal details and to provide your travel information. Also, you need to meet certain requirements to verify your health condition by verifying the following:
- You must not be suffering any symptoms of COVID-19 such as loss of taste or smell, fever or a cough.
- If you’re not a Costa Rica national, you must either be fully vaccinated or have proof of insurance to cover any medical bills while in the country.
To be counted as fully vaccinated, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have received an approved and recognised COVID-19 vaccine.
- Have received the last dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before the trip.
- Have a vaccination certificate as proof of your status.
If you are not fully vaccinated or you don’t meet the criteria above, you’ll need proof of insurance to cover any medical bills. Your proof of insurance must include the following information:
- It must include your name (if you’re the traveller).
- It must show that it’s valid.
- It must guarantee coverage for at least 50,000 USD (or equivalent) for medical expenses related to COVID-19.
- You must have a minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for additional accommodation required due to quarantine.
Costa Rica Health Pass Application Process
You can complete your application online with Byevisa, as we can arrange your health authorisation through our electronic service.
The Costa Rica Health Pass form will ask you for the following information:
- Your name, nationality and contact details.
- Your passport details.
- Your travel information, including date of arrival and how you’re getting to the country.
- Your vaccination status.
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
You’ll need to confirm that the information you’ve provided is correct, so be sure to double-check the information you enter.
Once completed, you’ll receive your QR code to use during travel. You’ll need it to get into the country, so keep it saved on your mobile device somewhere safe and easy to access!
Travelling to Costa Rica
Whether you’re looking to visit the cosmopolitan capital, San José, and immerse yourself in the city’s lively restaurant and street art scene, or hike to waterfalls at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica is a country with something to offer every traveller.
Costa Rica has 2 international airports: San Jose (Juan Santamaria International Airport: SJO) and Liberia (Daniel Oduber International Airport: LIR). Most flights to the country arrive at San José, the capital city, so it’s likely your flight will too. However, you may wish to connect to Liberia if you’d like to visit a different area of the country.
Costa Rica Health Pass FAQs
Please find below helpful answers to some common FAQs. We hope these answers resolve any remaining questions you may have.
What Should I Know Before Travelling to Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican colón is the official currency of Costa Rica, and the most widely used in the country. However, US dollars are readily accepted at restaurants, taxis, hotels and shops.
When Should I Complete the Costa Rica Health Pass?
You can complete your health declaration before boarding your flight to Costa Rica. You’ll need to have your travel arrangements in order as you’ll be asked to provide information about this on your application.
More Information on Visiting
You now know what information you’ll need to obtain your Health Pass and the application steps. To find out more about visiting this amazing Central American country ahead of your visit, check our Visit Costa Rica page. Have a wonderful journey!