Covid-19 Testing for Airline Passengers

Covid Tests

Hospital CIMA offers Covid-19 testing for airline passengers as required by many governments around the world, including the United States. We offer both PCR tests, which are required for travel to Canada and parts of Europe and South America, as well as antigen tests. Both tests are accepted for entry by air travel to the United States.

Testing is Simple and Convenient

Covid-19 testing is available at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a walk-up basis. No appointment is currently required. We recommend coming for testing two calendar days ahead of your flight, especially if you have an early morning flight.

During normal lobby hours, 7:30 to 20:00 daily, you can come to the main entry. Our security greeter will direct you to the Laboratory Department for your test. Outside of lobby hours, you can come to the Lab via the Emergency Department entrance.

Getting Your Results

Results of your test will be reported to you by email, in most cases approximately 24 hours after your test is completed, which is well within the 72 hours before your flight required by most governments and airlines. Please understand that the number of people who come for testing on a particular day may impact the speed at which results are delivered.

If You’ve Had Covid-19

There is a separate procedure for airline passengers to the United States who have tested positive for Covid-19. Please let us know that you have tested positive, bring a copy of your test result and the suspension of the isolation order issued by the Ministry of Health, one of our physicians will consult with you to determine whether you can travel safely, for yourself and your fellow travelers.

Medical evaluations for the travel certification are available through the hospital’s Emergency Department 24 hours daily, seven days a week.

Covid-19 Testing Costs and Timing

PCR testing costs $91 USD, plus tax, and results are typically available within 24 hours.

Antigen (rapid) testing costs $50 USD, plus tax. Results are typically available within four hours, depending on the number of tests being performed by the laboratory.

The medical certification costs $60 USD, plus taxes. The report will be available for you before you depart the hospital.

Results of the test will be emailed to you as soon as they are available. Please take note of the time required for each test before contacting us regarding your results.

Important Notes:

If you are a traveler to Costa Rica and test positive for Covid-19, we recommend contacting your insurance company as soon as possible in order to meet their reporting requirements and make certain you obtain the benefits provided by the insurance policy. After you complete the mandatory quarantine period, we encourage you to contact us for the medical certification that will allow you to depart Costa Rica.