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Partial Opening of the Borders of Costa Rica with the United States

On September 1, 2020, Costa Rica will open its borders to 9 US states considered to have controlled the COVID-19 outbreak.

After the opening of its borders for the countries of the European Union, Canada and Great Britain (see our previous article) to 1-08-20, then to Uruguay and some countries of Asia and Oceania, the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado announced the opening of the borders with some States of the United States, in order to begin to revitalize the tourism sector.

It was first announced, the opening on 1-09-20, for the following 6 states: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut then was added the following 3 states: Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.

It was added subsequently, the opening to 15-09-20 to the following States: : Colorado, Massachusetts et Pennsylvanie.

The conditions for Americans entering Costa Rica are substantially the same as for Europeans with a complementary control to ensure that the arrivals are indeed residents of the States authorized: present the driving licence of his State of Residence.

To recall the conditions of entry to Costa Rica:
• Complete the online form
• Negative evidence of COVID up to 72 hours prior to departure and translated into Spanish or English
• Travel insurance specifically covering COVID-related care for a minimum of $50,000 and accommodation in Costa Rica in case of quarantine for a minimum of $2,000. This insurance can be issued by the country of departure or by Costa Rica, via the INS.
• For Americans, driver’s license or state identification.

This opening of borders with the United States goes hand in hand with the opening of 3 international airports of Cota Rica: Juan Santamaria in San José, Daniel Oduber Quiros (Liberia) and Tobias Bolaños (San José).

According to AERIS, operator of Juan Santamaria, the first flight will be on Thursday 3 September from Newark (NJ) and operated by Delta Airlines.

For more information or clarification, do not hesitate to contact the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin, your travel operator or directly the website of the Government of Costa Rica. You can also contact us at