COVID Regulations at Cayuga Properties for U.S. Tourists

We have received our first guests this month at the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges. It requires a bit of effort and organization to come here but all of our guests that made the trip are enchanted with their experience.

Danielle and Sean from New York were among the first US guests that we welcomed back to our hotels and lodges in Costa Rica. They spent a few days at Hotel Aguas Claras in Puerto Viejo.

We continue to be #strongtodayextraordinarytomorrow.

  • Who can travel to Costa Rica?
  • What are the travel requirements?

U.S. citizen tourists from the approved states wishing to enter Costa Rica must:

  • Complete a digital epidemiological health pass
    • Purchase travel insurance that covers lodging and medical costs in case someone gets sick due to COVID-19. This can be a part of a medical or travel insurance, as long as these items are covered. If you have questions about this insurance requirement or need help, send us a note to or chat with us at

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has an English-language website detailing these entry requirements:

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) frequently announces updates to the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert, as well as business and vehicle restrictions.  However, these restrictions typically do not interfere with travel trips and vacations for foreigners. 

For up-to-date information on current restrictions and Alerts, please review the U.S. Embassy’s Mascot Messages at this link:  

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry?
    • Not for any arrivals to Costa Rica after October 26th, 2020.
  • What airlines are flying to Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua?

Many major airlines fly direct from the U.S. to Costa Rica and Panama, including Delta, United, American Airlines, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines. Other international airlines also bring tourists from around the globe to Costa Rica’s sunny shores, including Air Canada and Copa.

U.S. tourists from the list of authorized states can enter Costa Rica via a flight with a layover in a non-authorized state or country.

U.S. Citizens from any state who meet Ministry of Health criteria are able to enter Costa Rica on commercial flights from designated flight departure points, which currently include Frankfurt, Germany and Madrid, Spain.  However, they must demonstrate they have remained at that designated departure point for 14 days prior to their flight. A return ticket is required to enter the country.

Private flights from the United States are allowed to enter Costa Rica and Pamama.

Updates on Airline Schedules and Flights can be found here:

  • What can I expect at Cayuga properties?

All properties will have implemented safety and sanitary measures as normal operations resume. Currently, five of the seven Cayuga Collection Hotels have reopened successfully. We are striving to find a balance between strong sanitary measures while we focus on sustainable practices and a luxury hospitality experience. We will be in compliance with all protocols that are required by the local government authorities in the countries where we operate.

Cayuga Safety Seal
The Cayuga Safety Seal was implemented to keep guests and staff safe and healthy.

More details about our safety measures here:

*All information is subject to change. This information has been updated last October 23rd.

Additional resources/information

  • COVID-19 testing in Costa Rica is available at Hospital La Católica, Hospital Cima, Hospital Metropolitano and Hospital Clinica Biblica as well as the following laboratories located around Costa Rica: LABIN, Echandi, Laboratorio Páez, Laboratorios San José.
  • The cost is around USD $100, and results are typically ready within 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Testing is paid for by the individual.

Who can travel to Panama?

Here is the latest update on what is required to travel to Panama: Isla Palenque in Panama has reopened successfully for guests from around the world on October 15th.

For help with your personal travel plans, contact us via chat at, Call us at +506-4040-0430 or

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