Costa Rica: Opening of land borders as of April 5, 2021

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On February 26, 2021, an amendment to article 29 of Executive Decree number 42690-MGP-S, dated October 30, 2020, was published in the Official Gazette. The amendment provides the following:

  • Currently, and through April 4, 2021, land borders are temporarily closed for tourists.
  • As of April 5, 2021, all Costa Rican land borders will open for tourists (currently, the land borders are only open for Costa Ricans, residents, and the exceptions outlined in Decree 42690-MGP-S).

To enter the country, tourists must meet the following requirements:

  1. Comply with the immigration requirements for entry.
  2. Complete and demonstrate the health pass (“pase de salud”).
  3. Obtain travel insurance covering quarantine accommodation and medical expenses for an acute illness or insurance provided by the Costa Rican Social Security Administration (CCSS by its Spanish acronym).

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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