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Costa Rica is re-opening its land borders!

Effective April 5th 2021

The Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura announced today that the land borders will reopen starting April 5th, 2021. This means that land borders will now be opened to Residents, Nationals and Tourists. To enter the country people will be required to meet the entry requirements, depending on their immigration status or category. 

Traveling with Caribe Shuttle

(Covid Requirements & Safety Procedures)

  • According to Health Ministry Protocol for COVID-19 all passengers except children under 4 years of age must use a face mask for the entire duration of your shuttle transportation. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you one at the time of your pick up for $2 or 1,000 Colones.

  • Your driver is also required to wear a face shield at all times while driving the vehicle.

  • Caribe Shuttle is currently only allowing 50% capacity in our vans for adequate spacing between Passengers.

  • Upon entry to our van, you will be provided with alcohol gel to clean your hands.

  • Your driver will use an alcohol based disinfectant liquid to spray on your luggage that will not harm your luggage and evaporates quickly.

  • Caribe Shuttle also disinfects the interior of the van after the completion of each trip. We use a disinfectant spray on all surfaces inside the vehicle. Seats, floor and roof and side panels.

  • During your journey please follow the protocol display in our vans and the instructions of our staff. 

Thank you for your cooperation 

Costa Rica Entry & Exit Requirements

                                                                    Last updated: 01/15/2021

  • Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative Covid-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

                                                                     Country-Specific Information:

  • Costa Rica has a total of 184,187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2, 2020.  558 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 245 patients are in intensive care.  2,416 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded and 141,374 people have been cleared as recovered; however this figure typically lags several weeks behind actual figures.

  • Essential services are open. Public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity.  Facial coverings are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home.  The use of facial coverings is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation.  Face shields can continue to be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath.  Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth.  The Ministry of Health has stated facial coverings should not include venting devices in order to provide maximum protection against COVID-19.

                                                               COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

  • Has the government of Costa Rica approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes

  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health has announced that COVID-19 vaccinations are currently only available to Costa Rican citizens and holders of permanent residency.  Tourists in Costa Rica will not receive the vaccine through the public-health system and must wait for it to become available via private means.  There is currently no information regarding when COVID-19 vaccinations will become available via private means.

  • The link for the Ministry of Health’s webpage is: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/

  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

                                                                   Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

    • U.S. citizens from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. can enter Costa Rica via air on flights departing from the United States.

    • Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica.  In the case of international insurance, tourists must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting: 1) the validity of the policy during the dates of visit to Costa Rica, 2) guarantee of coverage for medicals expenses in cases of COVID-19 related medical treatment in the amount of 50,000 USD and, 3) minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness.  It is also possible to purchase a Costa Rican medical insurance policy through the National Insurance Institute (INS) or Sagicor of Costa Rica, covering the duration of your stay in Costa Rica.

    • Costa Rican Immigration officials have sole authority to determine the length of stay for tourists entering Costa Rica.  Immigration officials are currently limiting the duration of stay to correspond with coverage dates provided by the COVID-19 medical insurance.  Tourists are not able to extend their stay while in Costa Rica.  Those seeking to extend their stay will be required to exit the country and purchase additional COVID-19 medical insurance prior to reentry.

    • individuals.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No

    • Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission has announced series of national COVID-19 related restrictions for January 2021.

      • From January 4-17, bars and casinos must limit capacity to 25%, and National Parks must limit capacity to 50%.

      • From January 13-31, beaches will remain open from 5:30am to 6:00pm.

      • From January 4-31, the Government of Costa Rica will also impose daily nationwide driving restrictions based upon license plate number.  For a full list of planned restrictions, please review the U.S. Embassy’s Mascot Message dated 23 December 2020 at https://cr.usembassy.gov/201223-travel-alert/.

    • Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) frequently announces updates regarding driving restrictions as well as the areas under Orange or Yellow Alert.

    • For the most up-to-date information, please review the U.S. Embassy’s Mascot Messages at this link: https://cr.usembassy.gov/category/messages-for-us-citizens/

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

    • There are no restrictions for intercity or interstate travel; however, nationwide driving restrictions based on license plate number are in effect.

Quarentine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

    • If any tourist is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip to Costa Rica, they will receive a quarantine order upon arrival.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes

    • Commercial flights are operating from select cities in the United States.  Please check individual airline website for more information.

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

    • The Government of Costa Rica has mandated the use of facial coverings while waiting at bus stops and on public transportation.

The entry requirements for tourists are:

  1. Insurance that covers hospitalization and accommodation in case you require quarantine due to COVID19. Insurance offered by the National Insurance Institute (INS) and Sagicor complies with these exigencies. 

  2. Valid passport.

  3. Round-trip ticket or reservation showing an eventual departure from Costa Rica via air.

  4. Complete the Health Pass, one per family can be completed. The link for the Health Pass can be found here. The Health Pass must be completed 48 hours prior to entering the country.

If you have a specific question regarding the Health Pass, you can reach out to pasedesalud@misalud.go.cr

Furthermore, people will not be asked to quarantine upon their return to the country. Up until April 5th, 2021, Residents and Nationals who use the land borders will be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon their return. This mandatory quarantine will no longer apply from April 5th, 2021 onwards.

This was announced today at a press conference. We must now wait for the official resolution to be published.

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USA/Canada: 1-800-274-6191

Australia: 1-800-052-811

 

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Costa Rica +506-2750-0626

Panamá +507-757-7048

Nicaragua +505-8580-6083

UK/Europe: +44 (0) 2078626334

Email: info@caribeshuttle.com

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