Questions and Answers.


1. What are the measures to be taken into account by passengers entering Costa Rica?

Entry to Costa Rica is open to tourists from all countries of the world.

Each tourist must comply with the migratory processes established in the General Immigration Law.

Effective as of April 1, 2022, the temporary migratory measures established within the framework of the national sanitary emergency due to COVID-19 are repealed.
Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport, as well as proof that they will be leaving the country before their visa or entry stamp expires, usually within 90 days.

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. Do foreign passengers have to comply with a sanitary order?

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

. Will Costa Ricans entering the country have a sanitary order?

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

2. What requirements must the resident person meet?

  • a. The form called Health Pass, for the corresponding health control at the time of entry into the country.
  • b. They must present the current immigration identification document for foreigners (DIMEX) with the corresponding exceptions provided by the General Directorate of Foreign Migration.
  • c. Proof of payment of the current social security insurance or have any of the travel insurance covered by a minimum coverage of 22 days (the same time for the resident to order their situation before the Costa Rican Social Security Fund).

If these requirements are not met, the authorities will not allow entry even though said person has an authorized stay.

. Where can the form requested by the health authorities be accessed?

The passenger must fill out the digital form called Health Pass. It will be available at the address:

. What happens if the passenger did not complete the Health Pass?

The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers except for Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

. At what point should the foreign passenger buy their travel insurance?

The passenger has the possibility of purchasing local insurance offered by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), Sagicor and BlueShield.

In the case of international insurance, the tourist must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, stating at least three conditions:

  1. 1. Validity of the effective policy during the visit in Costa Rica.
  2. 2. Guarantee coverage for medical expenses in cases of pandemic disease COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least US $ 50,000 (fifty thousand dollars of the United States of America).
  3. 3. Minimum coverage of US $ 2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to pandemic disease.

In both cases, insurance must be purchased prior to completing the HEALTH PASS.

IMPORTANT: For international policies, the minimum coverage was set at $50,000, while for policies sold by Costa Rican insurers the minimum was set at $20,000.

Foreigners with temporary or permanent residence, or temporary category who return to Costa Rica, and who are not up to date with the corresponding payments with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, must acquire a temporary local insurance for 22 days or an international insurance that complies with the same requirements that are applied to a foreign tourist.

In the case of foreigners with the immigration category of permanent or temporary resident, or special category in the latter case (with the exception of the Student Subcategory), they must demonstrate the assurance by the Costa Rican social security, which is in force and can be verified in the link:

Tourists who are in transit through the country must purchase insurance with a minimum coverage of five days.


1. What measures are required of passengers who depart Costa Rica?

1. 1. Only passengers about to travel will be admitted to the lobby of the international terminal.

2. 2. The use of face masks is mandatory.

3. 3.Once the passenger enters the lobby, he/she will go through the airline’s check-in process at self-check-in kiosks or at the passenger service counters. If you did your process online (and you do not have checked baggage) you will go directly to Immigration.

4. 4.All passengers must respect the signage for physical distancing.

. How many hours before my flight should I arrive at the airport?

The recommended airport arrival time is a minimum 3 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart. For long-distance journeys, we recommend arriving at least 4 hours in advance of your departure.

2. What happens in the case of disabled travelers who are unable to transport themselves?

In these specific cases only, the passenger will be allowed to enter the airport with a companion. Both passenger and companion must respect the health safety guidelines required in the international terminal lobby.

3. What changes have been made to the check-in process?

AERIS recommends that all passengers carry out the respective web check-in process, in advance of travel, as offered by each airline. For the in-person check-in process at Juan Santamaría International Airport, passengers may use any of the 30 self-check-in stations.

Self check-in facilitates the departure process, making it easy to complete check-in independently, efficiently, and quickly. Additionally, each self check-in station will be sanitized in a timely manner, for the safety and health of passengers.

In the case of families or groups checking luggage, it is recommended that one person per family complete the process. If the passenger decides on the traditional check-in process, s/he must respect the defined lines and physical distancing signage. Additionally, a protective acrylic barrier will be erected between airline officials and passengers.

Passengers who complete the check-in process online (and who do not have baggage to check), should proceed directly to Immigration.

4. Will the same measures that apply at the airport, also apply onboard?

Each airline has established its own travel and flight protocols. We recommend passengers contact their airline directly, to learn about onboard measures and protocols.

5. What happens if protocols are breached?

The airport community remains committed to providing the best and safest travel experience for passengers entering/departing through Juan Santamaría International Airport. In the event that an air terminal employee or passenger violates any directive, Airport Police will be called to handle the situation and to proceed as established by authorities.

. Are airport shops open?

Shops within Juan Santamaría International Airport are open to passengers who arrive and depart the airport. All commercial operations and services will adhere to requirements from the Costa Rican Ministry of Health, in order to protect traveler safety.


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