Frequently asked questions






What health requirements must I meet to enter Costa Rica?

Costa Rica's air and sea borders are open. From April 1, 2022, there are no specific health requirements to enter Costa Rica.





Can Costa Ricans enter the Netherlands? (updated on February 7, 2022)

Netherlands Ministry of Health has classified Costa Rica as a Covid very high-risk area. There is a mandatory quarantine rule for all travelers from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. For this, travelers need to carry with them a printed, completed and signed quarantine declaration. Fully vaccinated travelers, who also received their booster vaccine do not have to quarantine anymore. Travelers may be required to  carry with them a printed, completed and signed quarantine declaration.


People traveling from Costa Rica to the Netherlands need to show a negative COVID-19 test result. All travellers, regardless of their vaccination or recovery status, will need to show a negative test certificate. 


You can find all information on our website: Checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area | Coronavirus COVID-19 |


You will also find more information on this page: Exemptions to the mandatory quarantine requirement | Coronavirus COVID-19 |





I am a Dutch citizen, do I need a visa?

Dutch citizens do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica, however, they must have a valid passport (a minimum validity of 1 day) and a ticket to leave Costa Rica within 180 days of entry (either to return to your country or to go to another country). For a stay longer than 180 days, you must request a residence permit with the immigration authorities, see


To consult the requirements to enter the country according to your immigration status, please consult the following link of nationalities.


Entry to Costa Rica with medications (including opioids)

If you need to take your personal medicine while traveling, please consider the following:

- Carry just the necessary quantity, which is the normally used by a person having your health condition.

- You should have a prescription or a written statement from your doctor, specifying that the medicine is being used under his/her control and that you need it for your physical health. This prescription/ statement is not required to be legalized at the Consulate.  

- Have the medicines labelled or properly identified.


For more information read the following link (in Dutch)



Steps for importing dogs and cats to Costa Rica

Please refer to other consular services