TRAVEL (TO AND DURING THE PROGRAM)
Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
COSTA RICAN TRAVEL POLICY
As of July 22, 2021, there are no quarantine or COVID-19 testing protocols in place for international travelers arriving to Costa Rica.
As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson are free to enter the country without travel insurance. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.
Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass (see directions on completing the Health Pass in the following section). As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:
- Name of the person who received the vaccine
- Date of each dose
- Pharmaceutical house
For US travelers, this information will be contained on your “COVID-19 vaccination record card”.
Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those specified by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease. For more information, see the Costa Rican embassy websites noted above.
Project staff will meet students arriving to Costa Rica at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose on Sunday, July 3. It is expected that students will arrive and depart Costa Rica via plane. Staff can accommodate varying arrival times (i.e., it is not required that all students arrive at exactly the same time), but students should try to coordinate their flights with project staff to arrive in late afternoon/early evening. More specific meeting times may be arranged closer to the start of the field school (once international flight schedules disrupted by the pandemic have stabilized). Masking is required in-vehicle at all times, with limited occupants per trip, subject to Costa Rican guidelines at the time of the field school. In commute, vehicle windows will be open for maximum ventilation, weather conditions permitting, and vehicles will be fully sanitized between trips.
If you missed your connection, your flight is delayed, or you have been held at the border for health reasons, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
US and Canadian citizens may enter Costa Rica for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa, provided that the following basic requirements are met:
- Passports MUST be valid for the period of your stay. We recommend that you make sure your passport is valid for at least one additional month (for Canadians, note that the Government of Canada specifically recommends that your passport be valid for at least one month beyond the date of your expected return to Canada).
- You must possess a ticket to exit Costa Rica within the maximum authorized period of 90 days.
For additional up-to-date information on visa requirements for Canadian and US travelers, including potential legal impediments that can prevent entry into Costa Rica, please visit:
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.