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Costa Rica announced today they will be removing the PCR Covid-19 test requirement for incoming tourists effective October 26th. 

The current requirement forced visitors to bring proof of a negative test result, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival into the country.

airport in costa rica no pcr test

With many Americans and Canadians (Costa Rica’s largest tourism base) finding it difficult to fulfill the testing requirements, many travelers were looking elsewhere to vacation, notable countries with no test requirements like Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

Now, with Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura announcing Costa Rica’s decision to eliminate the PCR test requirement, they are about to see a surge in their tourism industry.

jungle costa rica

Costa Rica has been in the news non-stop lately, all with great news for eager visitors this winter.

On October 6th they announced that they will allow tourists from every US state to visit, On October 13th the US government dropped their travel advisory for Costa Rica from a Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ to a Level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’, and now with wonderful news about dropping the PCR test.

flying into costa rica

October 26, 2020 is the effective date for ‘test-free’ entry.

Any visitors before October 26th will still be required to bring a 72-hour negative PCR test. 

This lines up perfectly with the November 1st date of welcoming ALL American travelers, as currently, only visitors from select states can visit.

Rio Celeste, a waterfall in Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica

Even though the PCR test may be disappearing passengers into Costa Rica will still need to adhere to all other entry requirements, like filling out an electronic Health Pass before departure, obtaining travel insurance that meets their specific criteria, and of course being a resident in a country currently permitted to visit.

sloth in costa rica

Residents of the following countries can currently visit Costa Rica:

  • All EU and Schengen Nations
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Uruguay
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • China
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The United States (all states as of Nov 1)

Update November 1: Costa Rica has now reopened to ALL destinations as of November, 1, 2020. The above list is no longer needed. 

costa rica travel 2020

Since entry requirements and rules can change a lot, we've made a frequently updated guide called “Costa Rica Covid-19 Entry Requirements”

Bookmark it and check it before your trip!

American tourist in Costa Rica

With restrictions loosening, airlines are going to start to expand on their flight routes into Costa Rica, which is again perfect timing for winter holidays. 

Read More: See all countries where Americans and Canadians can travel, companies offering travel insurance that covers covid, and the TOP 10 places to travel during the pandemic

Sources: TicoTimes 

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Article originally published October 22, 2020

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