On September 1, Costa Rica began welcoming the first US residents since borders were closed in March from six states (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont). A valid driver’s license showing residency and a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival was also a prerequisite for entry. By September 15, the number of states, including Colorado, had grown to a dozen.

On November 1, Costa Rica opened its borders to all countries without quarantine or Covid-19 test restrictions. I traveled to Costa Rica from Denver, Colorado November 7-14.

In order to be granted access to the country, a Health Pass must be completed within 48 hours of arrival. The form asks several questions to assess your risk for Covid-19.

All visitors must also present proof of a medical insurance policy that covers Covid-19 medical care and accommodations in case of a mandatory quarantine. You have to provide your insurance policy provided and number. Even though I had adequate insurance coverage, I opted to purchase a policy through one of the two government approved providers. The two providers are Grupo INS and Tienda Sagicor. The cost of my Tienda Sagicor policy was $1.10 per day and was the less expensive option.

The summary of coverage for the Sagicor policy is:

  • Medical Expense, including medication: $20,000.
  • Lodging expenses due to Sanitary Isolation: $4,000 (max. $300 per day).
  • Sanitary/Funerary Repatriation: $18,000.
  • Pre-existing condition medical expense: $300.
  • Loss of Passport: $100.

I had already purchased a comprehensive insurance policy through Travel Guard that including benefits in case of trip interruption and medical care, but I wasn’t sure it would be accepted. I spoke with a Travel Guard representative before my trip and was told they would be offering specific policies that will meet the entrance requirements and was expected to be available by mid-November.

Once you complete the Health Pass form, you receive a QR code. That QR code was checked prior to boarding in Denver and again on arrival to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Costa Rica. Other than the extra steps of the Health Pass and insurance, entering Costa Rica was the same as on previous trips.

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