Published Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Yacht and sailboat crews may enter
the country without a visa
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
On Tuesday, the government announced Presidential Decree No.42817, which allows yacht and sailboat crews to enter the country by sea without having to meet the necessary visa requirement.
According to the government, the goal of the decree is to make it easier for visitors to enter the country.
Also, the General Directorate of Migration will grant an entry permit to the country, following the guidelines of the visitor's nationality to make the immigration process easier.
This rule is part of the progressive border opening plan, the government said.
The changes in the immigration regulations for the crew do not exempt visitors from complying with the sanitary guidelines to avoid contagion of covid-19.
Crew members who enter by sea, do not need to show proof of a negative covid-19 test, but they must meet the following requirements:
• Fill out the "Health Pass" webform.
• Tourists must also 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 insurance document, where these requirements are met, must also be uploaded on the electronic epidemiological online Health Pass.
Tourists should double-check the entry requirements by contacting their local Costa Rica embassy or consular representation before the trip.
The newest decree was published in La Gaceta, the official government newspaper.
More information on the application of this new decree can be reached at Casa Presidencial line (506) 2207-9100 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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