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Costa Rica Coronavirus Updates

The Latest Updates on Covid 19 & Travel in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Coronavirus Updates & FAQ

Last Update: October 2, 2020

Native’s Way Flexible Cancellation Policy

All day tours and shuttles now have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if you need to cancel your trip or change dates, there is no penalty!

Who Can Enter Costa Rica?

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wyoming California and Ohio

  • As of Oct. 15: Residents of Florida, Georgia and Texas
  • As of Nov. 1: All U.S. citizens and residents

CANADA: All citizens and residents
MEXICO: All citizens and residents
THE EUROPEAN UNION SCHENGEN ZONE: All citizens and residents
UNITED KINGDOM: All citizens and residents
SOUTH AMERICA: Citizens and residents of Uruguay
THE CARIBBEAN: Citizens and residents of Jamaica
ASIA: Citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China
OCEANIA: Citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand

 

More information on US Embassy Website: https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Costa Rica Entry Requirements

If you are not traveling in the near future, we recommend waiting to buy the insurance policy, as the tourism is strongly urging the government to reduce or eliminate the insurance requirements. There have been changes announced every couple weeks.

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
    RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
  • Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family. This requirement will be necessary until Nov. 1.
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor https://www.tiendasagicor/en.
    For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:

    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars)
    • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic

What is Open?

In the popular destinations such as Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tamarindo, Playas del Coco and other coastal towns, a few shops, bars and restaurants are currently open until 10 pm, and many tours are operating. We see businesses opening daily as travel restrictions continue to ease. We expect by November that most businesses will be open to the public.

 

What is closed and not expected to open in the near future: Concerts, public spectacles, fairs (except farmer’s markets), sporting events (with some exceptions), expos, conference centers, skate parks and children’s games, amusement parks, bars, nightclubs, casinos.

Costa Rica Coronavirus Sanitary Regulations

  • Currently the use of a mask is mandatory in all public enclosed spaces including supermarkets, buses, shops, etc. The mask must cover your mouth and nose, face shields are not acceptable unless accompanied with the mask.
  • National Parks are open and have 50% occupancy limit. Reservations need to made ahead of time for some National Parks. Contact us for more information.
  • All public establishments are allowed to be open weekdays 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, and weekends 5:00 am to 8:00 pm

Costa Rica Coroniavirus – Driving Restrictons

Important Note: These restrictions DO NOT apply to rental cars

Currently, driving is permitted nationwide from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends in Yellow Zones. If you have a hotel reservation, you are exempt from the driving restriction. We speculate that these driving restrictions will be eased for tourists in the next weeks as the country continues to ease restrictions. We will continue to post updates.

  • Mondays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 1 and 2 cannot drive. Vehicles with license plates ending in all other numbers can transit freely.
  • Tuesdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 3 and 4 cannot drive. Vehicles with license plates ending in all other numbers can transit freely.
  • Wednesdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 5 and 6 cannot drive. Vehicles with license plates ending in all other numbers can transit freely.
  • Thursdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 7 and 8 cannot drive. Vehicles with license plates ending in all other numbers can transit freely.
  • Fridays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 9 and 0 cannot drive. Vehicles with license plates ending in all other numbers can transit freely.
  • Saturdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers cannot drive.
  • Sundays: Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers cannot drive.

 

Orange Zones, where Covid-19 case numbers are relatively high, have the opposite schedule and each plate number can drive 2 days/week.

  • Mondays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 1 and 2 can drive, others cannot.
  • Tuesdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 3 and 4 can drive, others cannot.
  • Wednesdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 5 and 6 can drive.
  • Thursdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 7 and 8 can drive.
  • Fridays: Vehicles with license plates ending in 9 and 0 can drive.
  • Saturdays: Vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers can drive.
  • Sundays: Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can drive.

For updated information on which zones are yellow and orange, visit https://sites.google.com/presidencia.go.cr/alertas/alerta-por-cant%C3%B3n?authuser=0

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