Is it safe to visit Costa Rica right now? (during the pandemic)
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Costa Rica is becoming safer every day. More than half of Costa Rica’s population has received at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid-19, government authorities reported last week. 

On August 1, Costa Rica lifted its health insurance requirement for fully vaccinated visitors. 

Cruises ships with fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed to make ports of call in Costa Rica as of September.

COVID-19 cases in Costa Rica


Costa Rica currently has 71,901 active cases. The CDC ranks the country at Level 4 — very high level of transmission. Costa Rica is currently reporting around 1,000 new daily cases.

Vaccination progress in Costa Rica

According to data provided by Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), 230,383 doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 were administered last week, which represents -39.55% compared to the previous week when 381,100 were administered.

Like most Latin American countries Costa Rica has faced vaccine shortages. Even so, it has managed to immunize, at least with one dose, more than 50% of its population.

“If we count the target population for vaccination which is just over 4 million inhabitants, we are already at 60% with at least the first dose,” said President Carlos Alvarado last week.

Why travel to Costa Rica during COVID-19?

First and foremost, Costa Rica has virtually 0 entry restrictions for vaccinated visitors. No test, no quarantine, no extra expenses, no hassle.

If that is not enough, here you have 3 excellent reasons to pack your bags.

1. Puerto Viejo

This Caribbean coast is popular among young people and backpackers because of its great beaches, surfing, and party atmosphere. In the town nearby visitors will find some fun activities going on every day. 

When in town, you must pay a visit to the jaguar rescue center where local wildlife is rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

2. Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero is Spanish for “a lot of turtles.” With more than 77,000 acres, this Amazon rainforest-like is home to rivers, jungles and “a lot of turtles” coming to nest along the shoreline.

3. Corcovado National Park 

Costa Rica is known for its amazing national parks, where tourists can enjoy some thrilling activities like river rafting, canyoning, cave tubing, and wildlife spotting.

This one in particular is the right fit for adventurous people. It features 13 major ecosystems including a rainforest, highland cloud forest, swamps and beaches. 

Requirements to enter Costa Rica

As of today, there’s no need for a negative Covid-19 PCR test result as there was initially. All visitors must fill out a Health Pass within 72 hours of travel. This step is necessary for visitors to obtain the QR code that must be shown on arrival.

Starting August 1, vaccinated visitors are exempt from the health insurance requirement. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must purchase health insurance before their arrival in the country. 

It must cover potential quarantine accommodation up to USD $2,000 and COVID-19 medical-related expenses of at least USD $50,000.

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