Updated Information about Covid-19 Crisis

Dear guests 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

  • As of August 1st, the borders will be gradually opened to international tourism. There is still no information on which countries apply openness. As soon as the information is confirmed by the authorities we will inform you.  Until July 31st 23h59 only Costa Rican citizens or residents are allowed to enter Costa Rica. Aircraft crews are excluded from the rule so that flights can continue to take place. The airports are open.
  • Tourists can leave Costa Rica by plane and can also enter their home country. However, some countries require quarantine at home for 2 weeks. Please inform yourself about the conditions in your country.
  • Costa Rica has (as of July 13) 8036 confirmed cases of Covid-19 diseases, 2304 recoveries, and 31 confirmed deaths. Please strictly adhere to known hygiene measures and behaviors when coughing and sneezing.
  • Due to the increase in cases over the last few days, the entire Central Valley (all cantons in the 4 provinces: San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela) is on orange alert from Saturday, July 11 to Sunday, July 19.
  • From Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, vehicle restrictions will be applied and establishments will be totally closed in the cantons on orange alert. Only the following plates will be allowed to circulate:
    • Monday: Plates 1 and 2
    • Tuesday: Plates 3 and 4
    • Wednesday: Plates 5 and 6
    • Thursday: Plates 7 and 8
    • Friday: Plates 9 and 0
  • On Saturdays, July 11 and 18, and Sundays, July 12 and 19, circulation is permitted from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, for transfers to facilities authorized by the Ministry of Health. In the case of the cantons on orange alert, the following establishments are permitted: supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers, grocery stores, suppliers, bakeries, butchers, vegetable shops, home food service, agricultural, veterinary and hygiene supplies, banks and funeral homes. In the cantons on yellow alert, the establishments authorized are: beauty salons, hotels, restaurants, shops, places of worship, among others. On Saturdays, there is no circulation of plates that end in an even number and on Sundays, plates that end in an odd number.
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places.
  • The following measures apply to cantons on yellow alert:
    • Hotels may operate from Monday to Sunday with a maximum capacity of 50%.
    • Beaches are open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    • The National Parks are open every day with a capacity of 50%.
    • Restaurants, shops, museums and cinemas will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Public parks, bars and places where mass events are held are closed
  • The  following measures apply to cantons on orange alert:
    • Only on weekends (Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Saturday 18, Sunday 19th July) the hotels will be able to operate for domestic tourism with a maximum capacity of 50%. From Monday 13 to Friday 17 July, they will be able to operate only for Government officials who, due to their work in the context of the pandemic, require accommodation.
    • Essential production activities except places of worship, public parks, bars and mass events.
    • Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, home services, banks, hardware stores, medical, agricultural, veterinary and hygiene supplies and funeral homes.
    • The farmer's markets may operate with their respective sanitary protocols from 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Stay healthy!

Your ARA Tours team

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