Coronavirus Travel Update

July 13, 2020

Last Updated: July 29, 2020

Costa Rica will open its borders to tourists on August 1, 2020!

Costa Rica has announced that it will open the Juan Santamaría International Airport for San José and Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia on August 1, 2020 . The government will announce more details regarding which countries could be included and what the entry protocols will be for visitors arriving to Costa Rican after Aug 1. We will be announcing this information as if becomes available.

Why Costa Rica Will be a Post-COVID-19 Top Travel Destination.

Proactive businesses will take the lead

Many of our clients and guests have been curious about how the COVID-19 has affected Costa Rica, how Costa Rica has managed the pandemic, and what measures and practices will be implemented for the safety of travelers as borders open up and travel will begin to resume over the upcoming year. 

Quick action, ongoing active social distancing, stay at home orders and government restrictions are all factors contributing to Costa Rica’s success at controlling the spread. Trust in government management combined with the general population’s readiness to do their part has proven to be an effective management approach.

The information below relays the most up to date information as of July 13th, 2020. Please note that the situation changes quickly so further follow up with the most up-to-date news and information may be required. 

Top reasons Costa Rica will be attractive to traveler’s post COVID -19

As international travel resumes, Costa Rica will likely be high on the travel lists as places to visit post-COVID-19. Costa Rica has been successful in the management of the pandemic with clear and rapid government and community action since its first reported case in March. Reinforced by a robust health-care system and ongoing efforts by the private sectors, Costa Rica is fast becoming the leading option for travelers who are quickly wanting to resume travel as they begin to choose which international destinations may be the best fit for initial travel.  

The Costa Rica travel industry is busy developing and employing new standards and procedures to ensure a safe and successful return to business.

  • Post-Pandemic Sanitation Efforts We take this seriously! Guests will look for destinations who have implemented measures to reduce the risk to public health while balancing the customer experience. Providers in Costa Rica will follow industry health guidelines for receiving guests from sanitation stations, cleaning solutions of frequently touched hot spots, food and beverage options that our clients are more comfortable with and transfers in sanitized cars to meet but also the guests’ expectations for hygiene, cleanliness, and safety. Many locations have created new staff positions, responsible for the oversight and implementation of new health and sanitation measures, providing ongoing training to staff to ensure the correct processes are implemented for the benefit of both their own health and the safety of guests. The challenge will be finding a way to balance secure safety practices while maintaining that warm Pura Vida hospitality.
  • Accessible and Convenient Location: Central location and direct flights from several US, Canadian and European hubs to Costa Rica, make Costa Rica a good option reducing airport layovers and flight times.
  • Privately guides and small group tourism options: Costa Rica has many possibilities for offering semi-private, boutique tourism, which allows for more isolation, social distancing. There is no better time to book a private transfer or a private guided tour.
  • Still more monkeys than people – As our friends at the Costa Verde Hotel in Manuel Antonio put it – Nature still is KING in Costa Rica. Guests will look to avoid crowds and enclosed spaces. Factors such as low-density population in most tourist destinations in Costa Rica make it harder for the virus to be transmitted since close contact can usually be avoided. For the most part, we don’t have high-density attractions and tours. Exclusivity will be an attractive option for many.
  • Socially Distant with smaller group tours: Tours and Experiences in Costa Rica are already offer travelers a number of fairly socially distant activities such as privately guided walks or hikes, canyoning and rafting. There are very few high-density activities that we offer in Costa Rica. Rural, natural settings, quiet beaches, and off-the-beaten-path locations will have more of a draw than densely populated cities or massive resort type locations. Many properties in Costa Rica feature smaller properties with stand-alone guest units rather than larger high-rise hotel options.
  • Flexibility: Flexible reservations and cancelation policies will be a key element in the decision-making process. Many providers have implemented more flexible reservation and cancellation policies to look for ways to ease anxious travelers’ concerns.
  • Nomadic work options: Looking for a new work-from-home environment? Costa Rica may be an ideal long-term location for those who work remotely.

Costa Rica – Current Situation

The government approach is working. As of July 30, 16 800 people have tested positive for the virus in Costa Rica with a population of close to 5 million. The country has had 133 deaths and as of July 30, the number of recovered cases is currently at 4050.

Official announcements and the most up-to-date information can be found on the Health Ministry’s official page.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Costa Rica’s borders and ports of entry have been closed to all foreign travelers from March 18 and June 30, 2020, to isolate cases with swift lockdown measures. Until June 30, only Costa Rican citizens, Costa Rican nationals and residents who departed Costa Rica before March 24 will be allowed to enter Costa Rica, and they must be tested for COVID-19 once they have arrived.

Proactive Leadership During the Crisis

Costa Ricans have been proactive in following the health ministry’s preventative stay-at-home campaign (#QUEDARSEENCASA). Costa Rica’s early action and clear, consistent communication continuously informs the population with accurate, transparent information. They relay preventative techniques to prevent spread such as hand washing, social distancing, and cleaning procedures through daily news briefings.

The international airports (San José – SJO and Liberia – LIR) have implemented special protocols in order to deal with incoming arrivals to detect suspected COVID-19 cases. More information will be available as the borders begin to open

Four Phase Plan to Reactivate the Economy

Costa Rica has already starting to reopen. They have announced a four-phase gradual reopening and relaxing of restrictions over the next three months. Currently, the borders remain closed until June 30, 2020. 

Phase I – May 16 to 31: Selected National Parks will reopen with and allowed to receive visitors at 50% capacity. People may use beaches Monday through Friday from 5:00 am to 8:00 am. Recreational sports with no direct physical contact will be allowed. Vehicle restriction has been extended to 10 pm from Monday through Friday and until 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Hotels with no more than 20 rooms can operate at 50% capacity.

Phase II – June 1 to 20: In addition to National Parks, museums (pre-purchased tickets required) and restaurants will be allowed to receive guests with 50% capacity. Hotels with more than 20 rooms will be able to operate at 50% capacity with government recommendations in place. Public parks will be open at 50% capacity. 

Phase III – June 21 to July 11: Commercial business will be able to open at 50% capacity Churches and places of worship will be able to operate with a maximum of 75 people, with social distancing regulations in place. Cinemas, theater, and museums will be maintained at 50% of their capacity with pre-purchased tickets. Bars will be allowed to open at 25% during the time.

Phase IV – July 12 to August 2: Schools will be opened progressively with special conditions. Beaches will be opened with extended hours. Professional contact sports with spectators (20% capacity).

Mass gatherings and public shows, event rooms, casinos, trade shows and community fairs, amusement parks, discotheques, and dance halls will remain suspended until further notice.

Adventures await when the time comes to travel again.

Global travel restrictions have pressed a pause button on travel plans and it is difficult to know when people will be ready to travel again. Costa Rica is busy preparing to open its doors to guests working hard to ensure necessary safety measures are in place. We want to keep guests inspired to travel the world again

Find My Costa Rica wants to be part of a traveler’s future vacation planning. Our team is ready to assist guests in navigating the best way to experience and discover the beauty and magic of Costa Rica. Travel advisors will be key in helping our guests create safe experiences and have confidence in booking their vacations. We see a lot of optimism and people who are planning ahead, and we are here to help every step of the way!

Personalized and Attentive Service:

Our team members are dedicated and kind-hearted, so we will listen to your personal requests with care and will go the extra mile to make your vacation a safe and memorable one. The past few months have taken a toll on people’s emotions. We have committed to our customers to stay engaged and work with each client to handle cancellations or rescheduling. It may sound basic, but it means a lot to our customers in the end.

Book Now – Risk-Free:

Many providers are offering more flexible reservation and cancelation policies to be more in line with the current situation. Our policy has always been flexible. When you book with Find My Costa Rica our Risk-Free Reservation policy is already active. 

Special Considerations for Existing and New 2020 and 2021 Bookings

Existing Bookings: For our clients who have current travel plans with arrival dates in 2020, we’ll make our best effort to work with our providers to minimize — or if possibly eliminate — penalties when modifications are made for future travel dates. We will work with you to reschedule your trip for a future date or issue you a voucher that can be used for future travel.

New Bookings: For bookings made between May 1 and Nov 1, 2020, for travel dates up until Dec 15, 2021.

If you need to change your travel dates for travel during high and low season, you can postpone your trip or cancel it for a 100% future travel credit up to 15 days prior to your arrival date for ANY REASON for bookings made between now and Nov 1, 2020. (Peak Season and Group Travel policies may differ). Your deposit and any payments made will be credited toward your rebooked tour, with absolutely no cancellation or change fees applied. Please know we work with our suppliers on your behalf. Our goal is to minimize, or eliminate, these types of penalties for date changes whenever possible. We want your travels to be stress-free allowing you to enjoy the fun, adventure, and magic that Costa Rica has to offer.

While Find My Costa Rica does not charge you a cancellation or change fee when you rebook your travel plans, there could be rate, fare, and cancellation differences imposed by suppliers for new rebooked dates. 

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Email: [email protected] if you choose to book, cancel, or postpone and a reservation agent will assist you. Hopefully, this gives a more up to date idea of where we are in Costa Rica. We truly believe that Costa Rica will be a top option for guests once the confidence in international travel begins to return.  When it does – we will be here with open arms and ready for our next guest!