Costa Rica Entry Cheat Sheet


Starting January 26, 2021: All air passengers — including U.S. citizens and permanent residents — get tested for the coronavirus within three days of their flight to the U.S.

Passengers must show written documentation of a negative test result.

Paradise Medical offers the Covid test. They are located directly across the street from Nosara Paradise Rentals Main Office.

The test results will be ready between 48 and 72 hrs, and you have to set up the appointment a week before. Price is $133.

How to book your appointment?

Send a WHATSAPP message: +506 86124242 and they will respond as soon as possible to try to accommodate everyone’s travel requirements the best they can.

They are also very responsive on Facebook:

January 14 update:

The Tourism Board (ICT) has “established a working group” in response to the new policy, which will take effect starting January 26, 2021. Authorities are “coordinating coordinating with private laboratories” to improve testing locations, the ICT told The Tico Times.

“The plan is to have these tests available to US travelers, and tourists of other nationalities, throughout the country, for less than $100 each,” the ICT said.

Costa Rica relies heavily on U.S. tourism, and the North American country’s decisions to implement new testing requirements will likely have significant impacts on the sector.

Canada also requires returning travelers, including citizens, to test negative for the coronavirus.


These requirements remain in place:

1.) Health Insurance

This interface is user friendly and operates like a shopping cart on Amazon or eBay.

2.) Health Form

You are not allowed to fill this out until you are within 48 hours of your flight.

You have to fill out the form yourself, and the form doesn’t work with all browsers.

You will want to use Firefox, Safari, or Opera. We’ve had trouble making Chrome or IE/Edge work.  If you are using a iPhone then use Safari, if Android the use Opera.

Address: The form asked for your destination address, and here it is:

Nosara Paradise Rentals, Playa Guiones, Guanacaste


Beginning on October 26, arriving visitors will no longer need to show proof of a negative PCR coronavirus, Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura said.

Costa Rica forms cheat sheet:

1.) Your US phone number goes like this: +001 (areacode) number…So the phone number (904) 591-2161 would be displayed as +0019045912161

This is also how you will have to dial back home when you are in CR, even though your cell phone will work normally except the dialing part.

2.) They do the day and month in reverse of the US method: dd/mm/yyyy

This means December 8th, 2020 is 08/12/2020 instead of our way which is 12/08/2020

3.) Most Americans only have two names (first and last) but Central Americans have 4 or more. On the forms:

First Surname = Last Name
Second Surname = Leave Blank
First Name = First Name
Second Name = Leave Blank