Dear clients and tour operators:
Please find important information regarding COVID-19. Since new information is constantly coming in, we suggest that you visit this page regularly so that you can react to changes.
The current situation in Costa Rica
The conditions to enter the country are:
1. Fill out an online epidemiological form before traveling
2. A negative Covid-19 test (PCR) within 72 hours before traveling
3. Insurance valid during the whole stay in Costa Rica, that cover medical expenses for Covid-19 for the amount of at least USD 50'000 and that cover costs of a possible quarantine for the amount of at least USD 2'000. 4. For US only: US tourists must show a state-issued ID to prove they are a resident from an authorized state.
The following airlines resume flights to Costa Rica:
As of 9 September, all cantons are operating under the controlled reopening phase.
Transition phase 1 to 8 September (only cantons on orange alert)
In cantons on an orange alert, a transitional closure phase will be implemented towards a controlled reopening model. During these 8 days, restrictive measures are established for the opening of establishments.
May operate from Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 22:00 and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 to 20:00 with an occupancy capacity of fifty percent (50%)
Will be able to operate from Monday to Friday from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, with differentiated seating capacity:
All the beaches in the country are open from Monday to Sunday until 14:30.
The cantons on yellow alert will continue the process of reopening establishments.
Regulation of establishments
As of September 9th, the controlled opening phase will begin for establishments that have a sanitary operating permit that serve the public, from Monday to Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and from Saturday to Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., respecting fifty percent (50%) of their maximum capacity.
The Ministry of Health establishes a series of activities that must be kept closed due to their very high level of risk, such as mass gatherings, bars, casinos, among others. There is also a list of establishments that can operate but with a differentiated capacity, such as places of worship, event halls, cinemas, and theatres.
The event rooms for business or academic activities may operate with a maximum of 75 people (with a minimum seating space of 1.8 meters, respecting the social bubbles and with lists of attendees with ID and contact numbers). The 75 people do not include event logistics personnel. The rest of the activities in event halls (weddings or baby showers) must be kept with a maximum of 30 people.
Starting this Monday, August 31st and throughout September, in cantons with an orange and yellow alert, a unified vehicle restriction is established throughout the country, from Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 22:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 to 20:00. Except for the list of exceptions, they do not circulate:
Accommodations such as hotels, cabins, accommodation establishments, or non-traditional accommodation and intermediation through digital platforms are part of the list of exceptions to vehicle restrictions.
Your ARA Tours team
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San José, Costa Rica
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