Costa Rica Covid 19 Updates & FAQ
Last Update: October 21, 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!
Native’s Way Costa Rica Covid 19 Sanitary Measures
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Who Can Enter Costa Rica?
As of Nov. 1: All countries and U.S. states allowed into Costa Rica
Official Costa Rica Covid 19 Government Announcements:
US Embassy Website: https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information
Costa Rica Covid 19 Entry Requirements
Tourists do not need to quarantine upon entering Costa Rica.
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. **UPDATE** October 26, the PCR Test will NOT be required.
- 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 (This requirement is under review but still stands until further notice)
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 9:00 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