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section type iconCovid restrictions

šŸŸ¢ Open to international travelers

There are currently no restrictions in place for entry to Costa Rica.

Where can I get a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours?

While the antigen test can be obtained within hours in most clinics, there are no options that can get you a PCR test result within 24 hours. Most will take 48-72 hours and require an appointment beforehand. Here is a list of all Covid-19 testing locations in the area. A popular option in downtown Puerto Viejo is Laboratorio Bioclinic Puerto Viejo. RT-PCR test is (around $130), with the results emailed to you in less than 48 hours. Antigen test (around $61) results are delivered in 2 hours.

Can I get vaccinated here as a foreigner?

Unfortunately not. Vaccines against Covid-19 are only available for permanent and temporary residents who are in status.

section type iconVisa information

Check if you need a travel visa here! Visa-required nationalsĀ are exempt if they already hold a valid tourist visa for: USA, Japan, South Korea, Canada or EU. Most travelers will get a 30-day visa on arrival. This can be extended for another 60 days. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, consider applying for:

  • Rentista Visa (check information & tax benefits here)

Costa Rica's digital nomad visa is in the making! We'll update this resource as soon as it's available to international travelers and has clear instructions on how to apply for it. Costa Rica Immigration Experts and Nomad Immigration Services are good choices if you need help with your application.

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