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The information below is always evolving and contains the current details as we know. We will be continuing to update this article when we have more information. Please send us an email if you have any questions that are not answered below.


Requirements to Enter Costa Rica

Tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica must comply with these requirements:

1)  Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at

    • The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

2) Travel policy – Important update for minors and individuals who are fully vaccinated 

All tourists under 18 years of age can enter the country without travel medical insurance.

All tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without travel medical insurance. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

  1. Name of the person who received the vaccine
  2. Date of each dose
  3. Pharmaceutical Company

In the case of U.S. travelers, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted.

Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination, or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel medical insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.

For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
  • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued because of the pandemic.


Click here for a detailed breakdown of requirements and authorized states/countries, as written by the Costa Rica Tourism Board.


The USA travel Requirement:

Everyone flying into the USA (foreigners and US citizens) must present a negative Covid test. On November 8, non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States. Fully vaccinated air passengers, regardless of citizenship, will continue to be required to show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before they board their flight to the United States. For passengers who are not fully vaccinated, the rules will tighten to require a test taken no more than one day before departing to the United States. Click here for more information.


Retreat COVID-19 Protocols

  • Starting December 1, all hotel guests must be fully vaccinated.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for all guests while in a communal space when 2-meter distancing cannot be observed.
  • Only hotel guests are allowed on the premises.
  • The hotel will have: hand sanitizers and masks in social areas (Restaurants / SPA / Reception)
  • Housekeeping has implemented a more frequent cleaning schedule for the air conditioning filters.
  • Cleaning staff will wear gloves and if necessary masks when working in social areas and bathrooms.
  • Restaurant: It is mandatory for restaurant staff to always wear gloves and face masks

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