A Complete List of Who Can Visit Costa Rica as Tourists from August 1

Jul 24, 2020

What countries exactly can visit Costa Rica once the ban on foreign tourism ends on August 1? Here is a complete list.

Yesterday the Tourism Minister announced the countries who can visit Costa Rica as tourists after August 1. At the time, he said Canada, the UK, and the European Union. That’s now been expanded to include all Schengen Zone countries.

That was more of an oversight during the press conference than anything. But by not mentioning the Schengen countries, nations like Switzerland were immediately excluded. This caused unnecessary stress to Swiss citizens in Costa Rica and Swiss nationals abroad with Costa Rican residency. I mention Switzerland, because I was talking to someone from that country yesterday about this.

So, for the sake of clarity, here is a complete country-by-country list of all the nations whose citizens can visit Costa Rica once the current tourism ban ends at 11:59 PM on August 1, 2020.

North America:

Canada

Canadian tourists can visit Costa Rica from August 1. Air Canada starts flying to/from Costa Rica on September 1. The other Canadian airline, WestJet, has not yet announced its resumption date. Canadians who travel to Costa Rica will have to quarantine for 14 days when they get back home.

Europe (non-EU/non-Schengen):

UK

Tourists from the UK can visit Costa Rica from August 1. British Airways resumes operations to Costa Rica on October 27. UK citizens can also reach Costa Rica through European Union and Schengen routes. At this time, Canada is closed to British citizens, so they can’t travel to Costa Rica via that country. UK citizens returning home from Costa Rica will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Europe (EU):

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden

Citizens of the above countries are all EU citizens and can visit Costa Rica from August 1. They can fly to Costa Rica from any EU city with direct flights. Whether or not they have to quarantine upon arrival back home depends on the individual country.

Europe (Non-EU/Schengen):

Iceland
Liechtenstein
Monaco
Norway
San Marino
Switzerland
Vatican City

Citizens of the above countries were omitted in the original announcement yesterday. The ICT later confirmed they were welcome to visit Costa Rica. These countries are not in the EU, but part of the Schengen Area. This guarantees freedom of movement throughout the EU. If you’re coming from any of these countries you can fly from any EU city. Check to see if you need to quarantine upon arrival back home.

Another thing to check is whether your country actually recommends travel to Costa Rica or not.

If your country does not recommend travel to Costa Rica, this might affect the validity of any travel insurance you purchase. This insurance is a requisite for entering Costa Rica. Please double check your country’s official position on traveling to Costa Rica beforehand, and verify if your travel insurance will be valid or not.

For example, at this time, Costa Rica is not on the EU list of “safe countries” to visit or receive visitors from.

We will update this list of countries as and when the situation changes. We hope we can add more countries able to visit Costa Rica as tourists very soon.

James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.