As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds around the world, many countries are continuing to update their rules and restrictions for travelers – and Costa Rica is no exception. We’ve rounded up a few frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your upcoming trip, making it as stress-free as possible. Of course, these rules are subject to change. So before you travel, we always recommend checking the latest Covid-related guidance from the Costa Rican government: you can do so by clicking here.
What are the entry requirements for coming to Costa Rica?
The good news is that Costa Rica welcomes all visitors regardless of their vaccination status, and you will not need to present a negative Covid-19 test or quarantine upon arrival. However, it is worth noting that if you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to enjoy access to many commercial venues – such as Prieta Beach Club – under current legislation.
Before entering the country, you’ll need to complete the digital Health Pass form. This must be completed within 72 hours prior to your arrival. A separate form must be completed for every person within your party, including any minors.
If you’re fully vaccinated, aged under 12 years or have a medical exemption, you’ll then be provided with a QR code that allows you to prove your vaccination status during your stay. Starting from February 8th, you’ll need to show your QR code in order to enter certain commercial establishments, such as restaurants, bars, spas, stores, beach clubs, museums and adventure tourism locations.
What happens if I’m not vaccinated?
In addition to completing the Health Pass form, if you’re over 18, you’ll need to purchase a travel policy that’s valid for the duration of your stay. This insurance is designed to cover any potential medical expenses that you may incur if you were to contract Covid-19 during your stay, as well as any lodging expenses due to quarantine rules.
While you’ll be able to travel freely around the country, you won’t have access to the Health Pass QR code (unless you have a valid medical exemption). This means that you won’t be able to visit commercial spaces after February 8th. However, you will still be able to access essential services, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery stores and hospitals during your visit.
What happens if someone in my party gets Covid while staying at Papagayo Luxury?
If you’ve tested positive, the Costa Rican government advises you to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. Those who have tested negative do not have to quarantine and will be able to continue their vacation as planned.
If you’re staying with us as part of a larger group, you’ll be able to quarantine in your own room or suite. In this case, we recommend wearing a medical-style mask when moving around communal areas of the property to limit contagion, especially in areas such as hallways and bathrooms. Alternatively, if everyone in the party tests positive, you’ll all have to isolate and can move freely around the vacation rental.
We have a dedicated concierge service on hand to cater for your every need, while respecting the Covid health guidelines set out by the local government. This includes delivering groceries, pre-prepared meals or medicines direct to your doorstep. Depending on the situation, we may also be able to continue to provide housekeeping in communal areas of the buildings. This is an invaluable service for those who have contracted the virus during their stay. We’re able to take care of all the little details for you, so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation – even if you do need to isolate.
We can also provide alternate accommodation and transportation if you need to prolong your stay in Costa Rica to be able to complete your quarantine or isolation period.
What are the requirements for leaving Costa Rica?
In order to be able to leave the country, you’ll most often be required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
We have a couple of hassle-free options available for you:
- Self-tests can be arranged online, before being processed by a doctor
- We can arrange for a medical professional to carry out a nasal swab at your vacation property
Should I change my plans if Costa Rica infection levels rise?
Many countries have their own scales to establish the level of risk for people traveling to other countries, such as ‘Red lists’ or ‘Level 4’ status. This is designed to increase awareness of rising levels of infections and how you can stay safe while traveling.
Travel is still usually permitted, even if your country of departure has increased the changed the status for Costa Rica. We would advise checking with your local government to establish rules for travel.
If you have a planned trip coming up, we’d like to reassure you that Papagayo is doing everything possible to ensure your safety during your trip. In recent weeks, the Costa Rican government has continued to tighten the rules for public spaces, meaning you won’t come into contact with unvaccinated people in commercial areas. Mask wearing is still widespread, and social distancing is highly encouraged. In the unlikely event that you do contract the virus while you’re staying with us, we have protocols in place with our dedicated concierge service to ensure you can still enjoy a rich Costa Rican experience from the comfort of your home.
Before traveling, we would always recommend checking the guidelines in your country of departure, as well as the latest Costa Rican advice. If you have any questions at all, our concierge team is on hand to provide you with all the information and services you need to safely make the most of your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you to Guanacaste soon!