Covid-19 Update. border reopening, traffic restrictions and immigration information
Covid 19 Update
As of July 24th, Costa Rica reported 540 new cases of Corona virus with a total of 13,669 confirmed cases. Currently, 3,505 people have recovered, 298 are hospitalized, 49 are in ICU, and a total of 87 deaths have been reported.
Borders Reopen August 1st
The government has announced that international air travel to Costa Rica will resume on August 1st. (The land borders with Panama and Nicaragua remain closed. )
Flights from the following countries and regions will be permitted to resume after that date:
(The United States was not included on the list and there is still no date when passenger flights will resume.)
All passengers traveling to Costa Rica will be required to:
Present negative Covid-19 test results done within 48 hours of travel
Purchase insurance which covers accommodations in case of quarantine or hospitalization
Fill out digital epidemiological forms
Safe Destination Status by WTTC
The Minister of Tourism announced that Costa Rica has received the Stamp of Safe Destination to travel during COVID issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council
Tourist Visas and Immigration
Tourists who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 have been granted an extension on their visa until November 18th, 2020. This extension also allows foreigners to drive legally and use a valid foreign drivers licenses until that date.
Health and traffic restrictions
The current restrictions we have reported will be in place through July 31st, 2020. The country is still divided into orange and yellow alert regions.
Orange Alert Regions
Vehicles can only circulate from 5 AM to 5 PM seven days a week. These regions are currently in phase two.
Yellow Alert Regions
Vehicles can circulate Monday through Friday from 5 AM to 10 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 5 AM to 7 PM. These regions are currently in phase three.
Beaches in the yellow regions, will be allowed to be open from 5 AM to 230 PM after August 1st. There will also be a gradual reopening of businesses in the tourism sector after August 1st and open air tourism activities will be allowed in these areas, as long as sanitary precautions are taken.
(Information for this bulletin was referenced from La Nación, the US Embassy alerts, the Ministerio de Salud, and the Minsterio de la Presidencia.)