How To Travel
Photo: Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica. (photo via HonestTraveller/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
The CDC is recommending Americans get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the final shot) prior to traveling to Costa Rica and elsewhere outside of the United States. During travel, vaccinated individuals should still wear a face mask in public places and in situations where social distancing isn't possible. Fully vaccinated travelers are also encouraged to take a viral test three to five days after their trip abroad and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. According to the CDC, unvaccinated individuals should take a viral test one to three days prior to travel to Costa Rica, though it's not required for entry. If the test comes back positive, travelers should delay or postpone their trip. Unvaccinated travelers should also wear a face mask, avoid crowds and practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing during their stay in the country and get tested three to five days after their trip, quarantining for at least seven days with a negative result and 10 days if they choose not to get tested.