How I entered Costa Rica as a Resident
One of our friends just arrived to Costa Rica and shared this story about the process to go through Customs and Immigration. "Just want to tell you I arrived with no problems on Saturday. I see
One of our friends just arrived to Costa Rica and shared this story about the process to go through Customs and Immigration.
“Just want to tell you I arrived with no problems on Saturday. I see on Facebook many questions about the process, which for residents was fairly straightforward and simple. So I wrote up a brief overview for residents which you are welcome to use…
I flew from Newark- direct flight on United. When I entered on Level 3, there was an announcement that check in for Costa Rica was on Level 2, Door 5. I went down stairs and found Door 5- there was a very long line, with absolutely no social distancing. I was standing off to the side, when a representative from United asked if anyone in the line was going to San Jose. Apparently the long line was for Liberia as well. Only a few people got out of line. As the San Jose flight was earlier, they checked us in first, so I avoided going into long line.
The United representative took my passport, my cedula (must be current), and asked for my Health Pass. I had printed that out. I used my cedula number on it; not my passport. He reviewed everything, gave me a boarding pass stamped in red “Completed” and advised me to go to the luggage check in to the right. I went and checked in my luggage. I walked around the area by the gate to avoid sitting near others. The airport was surprisingly crowded. I did not feel uncomfortable as I was able to maintain distance. The boarding was smooth, as they boarded from the rear to front. I was among the last to board as I sat in the front of the plane. The gate attendants kept announcing that Covid tests were required and they were checking those. When I was told I could board, I went up to do so, and scanned my boarding pass myself. They did look at it and my passport, but did not handle them. I then boarded.
Five hours later, we landed in San Jose. As I was in the front of the plane, I left among the first people. Walking toward Immigration, we were scanned for temperature- a large black screen like in hospitals. Then in Immigration they had a new system: Nacionals (citizens), Residents, and Visitors. So I was first in the Residents line. The Immigration officer asked for my passport, cedula, Health Pass, and CAJA Validacion de Derechos. He asked “Covid?”. I said that I did not have any symptoms, I did not get tested, and I had not had it nor had anyone I had contact with. He filed out some paperwork, asked my age and wrote that on the paper. He also asked for my phone number and my address- including a house number. He gave me a copy of the paperwork with the 14 day quarantine requirements. He repeated that several times- that I must stay in my house for 14 days. I did not have to prove a house, but did give my telephone number and address.”