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The cause of the opening of land borders is the government's intention to increase tourism.
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Costa Rica set to open land borders in April

Published Wednesday, March 24, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Starting Monday, April 5, the country will re-open land borders after being closed intermittently for several months due to the National Emergency Decree caused by the pandemic.

The first closure of borders, including air and sea entries, was ordered from March until August 2020. But the land borders remained open until Nov. 1 and closed on Nov. 20.

According to authorities of the National Emergency Commission, the contagion rate of covid-19 will be closely monitored, so a possible spike in infections could cause an eventual order to the closure of borders in the future.

The cause of the opening of land borders is the government's intention to increase tourism.

According to Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism, residents and tourists of any nationality can enter the country by land, as long as they comply with the immigration requirements, and the guidelines ordered by the Ministry of Health to avoid the covid-19 infection, such as:

Fill out the "Health Pass" webform.

Tourists must have a valid passport and proof of intent to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.

Provide proof of a valid Traveler's Insurance, not expiring during the time of stay in the country. This can be purchased in the country of departure or Costa Rica.

Tourists must show proof by requesting a certificate issued in English or Spanish from their insurance provider that guarantees coverage for medical expenses in cases of covid-19 infection while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000. And minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses extended, in case of being infected with covid-19.

The valid insurance document must also be uploaded onto the same online Health Pass.

Tourists should double-check the entry requirements by contacting their local Costa Rican embassy or consular representation before planning a trip to Costa Rica.

The country is not requesting proof of a negative covid-19 test.

"Many of us, who are going to do tourism, must follow strict prevention guidelines. We cannot relax. We must always wear a facemask, keep 6 feet social distancing, travel with our social bubble, as well as wash our hands constantly," Segura said.


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