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Requirements for Entering Costa Rica

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Updated October 26, 2020

On November 1st, Costa Rica’s borders are open to all countries.

Pura Vida Adventures is currently open for private surf lessons and hotel stays, and we will be kicking off our retreats with our  New Year’s Retreat. We have a full list of surf and yoga retreats for 2021.

The information below is always evolving and contains as much detail that we know at this moment. 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:

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at


  • Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children traveling with their family. This requirement will be necessary until November 1.


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.


Retreat COVID-19 Protocols

  • 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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