Important changes in Costa Rica policy beginning January 8, 2022. Vaccine required for resort stays

Kylie at Diamante Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary

All visitors, aged 12 and over, to Costa Rica will need to present proof of vaccination in order to enter resorts, bars, museums and more starting next year.

Businesses "may admit only persons who are verifiably fully-vaccinated (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (and) Janssen)" starting Jan. 8, tourism organization Essential Costa Rica said in an announcement Tuesday.

Proof of vaccination should be shown via QR code or on a printed certificate to enter hotels, casinos, bars, adventure tourism facilities and museums, among others.

This may be a little confusing as travelers are not required to show proof of vaccination to enter the country, but unvaccinated travelers must purchase a travel insurance policy that covers costs for COVID-19 care and quarantine, if it becomes necessary.

Travelers under the age of 18 can enter Costa Rica without insurance. However, those 12 and over will require proof of full vaccination to enter establishments such as resorts, restaurants, bars, museums and other tourist attractions as of January 8, 2022.

All visitors must fill out a Health Pass to be finished within 72 hours of arrival in Costa Rica. Proof of vaccination can be attached to the Health Pass.

Children under 12 will not need to present proof of vaccination to enter these establishments and neither will tourists who have an accredited medical condition that renders it impossible to have any of the vaccines approved by Costa Rica's Ministry of Health.


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