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May 19, 2021 by surfnica2010

***Whether flying in through Managua or crossing the border in to Nicaragua from Liberia you will need a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the country to be permitted to enter.

Flying in and out of Managua, Nicaragua:  

The only airlines coming and going from Managua right now are Avianca, Copa (3 days a week), Aeromexico and charter flights through Eastern Air. It is very important that these test results look super legitimate and are on an official letterhead. Any tests that look like they could have been falsified will not be accepted (even if they are real). Please also be aware that all people need this test to enter Nicaragua, including kids under 2 years old. For the COVID testing to return to the US you have 2 options:


1- There is only one location that offers testing for travel in Managua (Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico y Referencia (CNDR) en el Complejo Nacional de Salud Concepción Palacios). To do this you will have to plan for a morning to go to Managua and do the testing (within 72 hours of your departure) and then you can return to Iguana or you can do the testing the day before your departure and stay the night in Managua. The testing location in Managua only offers PCR tests and they cost $150.  You can register online in order to receive your results electronically so you do not have to wait for your results.  You will need your passport, registration form printed, itinerary available and proof of payment (if you pay at a bank prior to test). You can also pay at the testing site.

Register online for Managua COVID testing and more informationhttps://serviciosenlinea.minsa.gob.ni/servicios/#/laboratorio

2- You can purchase and receive the Binax travel Online self test kit prior to coming and download the Navica app and then you will be able to self perform the test online with a nurse prior to your departure. We have had many guests successfully depart the country and re-enter the US with this test. You do want to makes sure you buy the correct one, it should be a 6 pack for $150. The 2 packs of home tests (approx $26) are not intended for travel and will not work.

Purchase Binax Travel Test https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack

Flying in and out of Liberia, Costa Rica:

This route is only slightly longer than flying into Managua and the pros are that the flights are generally much cheaper and there are many more flight options and airlines coming and going from Liberia. You can generally fly right in and cross the Nica border after arriving (as long as your flight arrives before 7pm) with no issues as long as your COVID test is still within the 72 hours of validity. As of August 1st if you have a completed COVID vaccine card that was completed at least 14 days prior to travel then you do not need to buy Costa Rica’s insurance. If you do not have a vaccine card then you will need to buy 5 days of Costa Rica’s medical insurance upon entering on your flight and another 5 days upon entering back into Costa Rica from Nicaragua (it is approximately $25 for 5 days). It does not work to buy the insurance just for the length of your trip.   If you have international or travel insurance that works too as long as you have a coverage of $50,000 minimum in case of contracting COVID and at least $2000 coverage for COVID quarantine accomodations and you would need to bring proof of that (and upload it on your health pass). Whether you have a vaccine card or the health insurance you have to fill out a Health pass online for both entrances into Costa Rica, within 48 hours of entering the country. Lastly, the ground transportation is a bit more expensive and just slightly longer to and from Liberia but often the costs and travel time into Liberia outweigh that inconvenience. You have 2 options for testing to get back to the US:

1- You can set an appointment for an Antigen test in Liberia airport 4 hours prior to your flight on your departure day. This test costs $65.

2- You can purchase and receive the Binax travel Online self test kit prior to coming and download the Navica app and then you will be able to self perform the test online with a nurse prior to your departure. We have had many guests successfully cross the border and re-enter the US with this test. You do want to makes sure you buy the correct one, it should be a 6 pack for $150. The 2 packs of home tests (approx $26) are not intended for travel and will not work.

Purchase Binax Travel Test – https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack

More info here – https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/traveling-costa-rica-during-covid-19-entry-requirements-protocols/

Health Insurance – You will want to buy the Safe Travels Voyager option, choose 5 days and claim $0 for your trip cost (if you do not have a valid vaccine card) – https://www.trawickinternational.com/travel-insurance-plans/costa-rica-required-travel-insurance

Health Pass (need to have insurance purchased first and fill this out within 48 hours of your entry to CR) – https://salud.go.cr/step1

Antigen test appointment for departure day (need to make appointment 4 hours prior to your flight) – https://covid.morphotr.com

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