The Costa Rican government has announced it will welcome all citizens and residents of the United States starting Nov. 1. U.S. citizens and residents from some states are already permitted to enter Costa Rica.

Key Points:

  • Citizens and residents of the United States have been allowed entry in staggered phases depending on their state of residency.
    • 1: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont
    • 15: Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
    • 1: Arizona, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wyoming.
    • 15: Florida, Georgia and Texas.
    • 1: All U.S. citizens and residents allowed entry.
  • A driver’s license or other proof of state residency is required before Nov. 1.
  • All tourists will need to present negative test results for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of boarding and insurance that covers accommodations in case of quarantine and hospitalization in case of illness.
  • Passengers will also be required to fill out digital epidemiological forms.

Background: Since Aug. 1, Costa Rica has allowed entry to foreign nationals from Canada and the European Union. More details on who can travel to Costa Rica are available here.

Analysis & Comments: The change will allow more travelers from the U.S. to visit Costa Rica. Business trips are permitted, provided travelers do not receive compensation. Individuals seeking residency that includes permission to work, however, will need to apply after immigration offices reopen after Dec. 1. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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