Costa Rica COVID-19 Information Important Update
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Mar 25, 2020
- Costa Rica has 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders, as of 3/25/2020.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 16, the Costa Rican government announced that as of 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and continuing until April 12, only Costa Rican citizens, residents, and foreign diplomats will be able to enter Costa Rica. This restriction applies to land, sea, and air arrivals. Air crews will not be subject to this restriction.
- *****Beginning March 24, if foreigners who are resident in Costa Rica leave Costa Rica, they will automatically lose their status as legal residents and thus will be unable to enter under the current restrictions.*****
- Management of both airports that receive international flights (San Jose and Liberia) have protocols in place in order to deal with suspected COVID-19 cases.
- Puerto Caldera, the main commercial port on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, has also established o protocol for suspected COVID-19 cases.
- As of March 16, anyone arriving in Costa Rica from another country must self-quarantine for 14 days.
- The Ministry of Health has established definitions of risk for COVID-19 infection and guidance for the prevention of the spread of the virus that reflect World Health Organization guidelines. MOH publications update and inform all public and private healthcare entities.
- Beginning March 24, Costa Rica will have a countrywide vehicle restriction between 10 pm and 5 am, with only emergency vehicles, press, and other exceptions allowed on the streets. Fines of 22,000 will be imposed on those violating this order.