Update on Covid-19 in Costa Rica

Updated: Oct 14, 2021

Covid-19 is still the talk of the town. Restrictions seem to be easing up for driving but new mandates are coming soon…  Overall, Costa Rica is still the best place to be! The sunshine, the beach, and the friendly folks, you just cant beat it! We are still following social distancing protocols, wearing masks, and washing our hands as frequently as possible to stay healthy and safe.

Tranquil Costa Rica beach

To enter Costa Rica, you will still need to have completed the online “Health Pass” form which can be found at https://salud.go.cr. You must continue to have proof of having obtained travel insurance if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Starting Dec. 1 you may need to have your vaccination card for entry. The great news is that a negative Covid test is not required for entry. You also will not need to quarantine.

Many countries continue to require a Covid-19 test for return flights. Since May 14th, the SJO airport has been offering rapid antigen tests with results guaranteed within the hour. Locally, you can get a PCR test done in Playas del Coco. You can also get a rapid test done the day of your flight at the Liberia airport.

Driving Restrictions

Until the end of October:

Driving restrictions have continued, with a general nighttime ban from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Rental cars are exempt).

During the daytime hours:

  • Monday: Vehicles with plates ending in 1 and 2 cannot circulate.
  • Tuesday: Vehicles with plates ending in 3 and 4 cannot circulate.
  • Wednesday: Vehicles with plates ending in 5 and 6 cannot circulate.
  • Thursday: Vehicles with plates ending in 7 and 8 cannot circulate.
  • Friday: Vehicles with plates ending in 9 and 0 cannot circulate.
  • Weekend: Vehicles with odd or even plates alternate the days they cannot circulate.

For the month of November:

  • November 15 the daytime restriction on weekends would be eliminated.
  • Night restriction would start at 11 p.m.

New Mandates (Not Implemented Yet)

Mandatory QR Code

Starting December 1st, it will be mandatory to show your QR code (COVID-19 vaccination certificate) to enter the following establishments: 

1. Restaurants, sodas, cafeterias, food courts and food trucks.
2. Bars and casinos.
3. General stores, department stores and shopping centers.
4. Museums.
5. Fitness centers.
6. Hotels, cabins or hospitality establishments.
7. Spas.
8. Activities, organizations or congregations in places of worship.
9. Event rooms for business, academic or social activities.
10. Adventure tourism.
11. Theaters, cinemas, art and dance academies, and artistic activity establishments.
12. Sports activities establishments.

If you have any questions about these new restrictions or requirements please reach out to me and I will be happy to assist you. Otherwise, come on down! Enjoy a good margarita right on the beach and forget your worries. If you are renting, make reservations soon, it will be a busy high season this year! Or keep it simple and just buy your dream home getaway, here in Costa Rica. Inventory is running SUPER low, make sure to check out the available properties we have left. (https://www.costarican-american-connection.com/All_Listings_By_Map/page_2614233.html

Updated: May 20th, 2021

Covid-19 is still a constant in everyone’s lives all over the world. Here in Costa Rica, specifically in the Guanacaste region, we have been very lucky to have had a very mild experience. We continue following social distancing protocols, wearing masks, and washing our hands as frequently as possible to stay healthy and safe.

Last month, during the Holy Week, we had a spike in cases. Many folks from San Jose traveled to the beaches for the holidays. Thankfully, we were able to keep the Covid-19 cases under control. The Costa Rican government was quick to reinstate curfews and additional driving restrictions to keep the spread of Covid-19 down.

On May 4th, Costa Rica was close to administering almost 1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine! This means that 1 in 6 adults has already received one vaccine dose. All regions of the country are already inoculating the 1st and 2nd groups of people, with some regions having started on the 3rd group as well. Costa Rica is actively requesting loans or donations of additional vaccines to quicken the inoculation process.

Tourists near Playa Panama enjoying a vacation during semana santa
Costa Rica plans to reach herd immunity by the end of 2021! Which is great news for everyone who wants to come and visit. Costa Rica has recently been recognized among the best-perceived international destinations during the pandemic by a survey of tourism professionals in Spain. This poll considered details such as “Covid-19 security, prices and offers, nature and open spaces, connectivity/accessibility, reputational image and sustainability.”


Come on down! The green season is just beginning. The Guanacaste region is starting to turn a lush green. There is plenty of room to social distance and enjoy the incredible weather! The beaches and national parks are all open. As a tourist you have no driving restrictions to worry about. As a homeowner/resident, there is nothing better than returning to your Costa Rican paradise and taking it easy. Isn’t it time you got out of quarantine and took a dip in the ocean?

Sunset at Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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