Residents may enter the country even with debt to the CCSS under a commitment to catch up.

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The Government of the Republic and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute communicate the reform to executive decree No. 42513-MGP-S called: “Adaptation measures for the entry of foreigners into the national territory by air or sea under the assumptions allowed in the framework of the national health emergency due to COVID-19 ”, which provides a period of 22 days for residents without current insurance with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) to enter the country and fix their insurance situation. The executive decree was published this Monday in scope No. 236 to La Gaceta No. 224.

“This action favors the entry of people residing in Costa Rica from other countries without abandoning the importance of being responsible for keeping their fees up to date with the Fund, in this way the logistical situation of impediment to entry to the country that had been announced days ago ”, stated Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism.

The requirements that must be met by foreigners who have a legal stay authorized under the immigration categories of Permanent Residence, Temporary Residence, Special Categories or Non-Residents, subcategory Stay who enter the country by air or sea by yacht or sailboat, are the following :

a) The form called Health Pass, for the corresponding health control at the time of entry into the country.

b) Present the current immigration identification document for foreigners (DIMEX) with the corresponding exceptions provided by the General Directorate of Foreign Migration.

c) Have proof of payment of the current social security insurance or have any of the travel insurance contemplated against COVID-19 and with a minimum coverage of 22 days.

As usual, they will receive a sanitary isolation order unless they come from an authorized country or state in the United States of America and at the same time bring a negative PCR test with them.

Failure to make the payment set with the CCSS would lead to the loss of resident status.

“Foreign persons who do not have current social insurance and acquire travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 22 days, must carry out the corresponding procedures to order their insurance situation before the Costa Rican Social Security Fund within said period, according to the warning to be carried out by the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, through the Professional Police for Migration and Foreigners, at the time of authorization of their entry into the country “, reads the decree.

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