We’ve got some great news for you — tourism is BACK in Costa Rica, and traveling to and from this tropical paradise is a whole lot easier than you may think. While you still need to get a COVID-19 test before you head home to the United States, it’s now simpler than ever.
Pura Vida retreat guests are now getting their COVID-19 tests for reentry to the U.S. from the comfort of their hotel room, in between surf sessions and sunset gazing. Easy peasy!
We’ve already helped guide many guests smoothly through this COVID-19 testing process (and breezed through it several times ourselves), so we’ll make sure you have all your ducks in a row before getting on that airplane home. Read on for everything you need to know about COVID-19 testing while traveling.
When is a COVID-19 test required for my surf retreat?
A COVID-19 test isn’t required to enter Costa Rica. Pack your bags, amigas!
But you will need to present a negative PCR test to re-enter the United States when you return home from your surf retreat.
Here’s the fine print:
Effective January 26, 2021, air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country are required to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to their airline before boarding their flight. Learn more here.
Where do I get my COVID-19 test when I’m in Costa Rica?
An approved local healthcare provider will come to our retreat hotel and give you your COVID-19 test in your hotel room, on the date that is required for the test to be valid for your homebound travel. Our caring Pura Vida Adventures team will be there to guide you through this entire process.
Here’s exactly how it works:
Our Pura Vida Adventuress hostess will schedule your testing appointment for 3 days before your flight. On the day of your test, the doctor will come to the hotel and give you the test in your hotel room. We’ll be there too! Our kind Pura Vida team will always be with you in case you have any questions during the doctor’s visit. The test is a PCR mouth and nose swab (the kind required for travel by the CDC), and the process takes about 10 minutes.
How much is the test?
$150 USD. You can pay with cash or a credit card.
How do I get my test results?
Within 72 hours you will receive the test results by email, which is your valid proof of a COVID-19 test necessary for travel back to the United States.
Will this test interfere with my surf retreat?
Heck no! Because testing is offered onsite at our hotel, this process could not be easier. Tests will always be scheduled during your downtime — you won’t miss a surf session, yoga class, adventure, or amazing meal.
When it’s time to go home, what happens at the airport?
When you check-in for your homebound flight to the U.S., the airline will verify your test results. You simply show them the email you received on your phone. Through our personal experience, we’ve found that everyone involved in this process has been extremely friendly and helpful.
I’m still a little nervous. Can I contact someone?
Absolutely. We are here to answer any questions you may have, related to anything about traveling to Costa Rica. Give us a call at (415) 465-2162 or drop us a line at [email protected]
For up-to-date information on entry requirements for visiting Costa Rica, click here.