During this unprecedented time of global pandemic, Costa Rica has taken extensive measures to flatten the curve and provide financial relief for its native Costa Ricans and the thousands of expats who live here. These measures effect everything from travel to taxes. We have recapped some of the most wide-reaching measurements below.
Costa Rica borders will remain closed to tourists and non-resident foreigners due to the COVID-19 pandemic up to June 15, 2020, until further notice. The Government announced on May 7, 2020 that Costa Rica will deny entry to tourists and non-resident foreigners. Citizens, Costa Rica residents and tourists are all still allowed to leave Costa Rica.
Nevertheless, the tourists and residents (non-citizens) who leave, will not be allowed to re-enter Costa Rica until at least June 16, 2020. Anyone caught entering illegally will have their residency status revoked. This applies to entry via air, land or sea. Exceptions may be made for 'humanitarian cases,' but those instances must be approved by the Immigration Administration, the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry.
As before, any citizens and residents who enter Costa Rica will have a mandatory quarantine of 14 days. Tourists who entered Costa Rica, with a tourist visa, after December 17, 2019, will be allowed to remain legally in Costa Rica until July 17, 2020without facing any irregular immigration status or fine.
Commercial flights between the United States and Costa Rica have ceased.
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