Costa Rica Covid 19 Updates & FAQ
Last Update: October 26, 2020
La Oveja Tamarindo Flexible Cancellation Policy
All surf camps, accommodations, tours and shuttles now have a 24 hour cancellation policy, so if you need to cancel your trip or change dates, there is no penalty!
Covid 19 Sanitary Measures
- We’re sanitizing all communal spaces, working areas, and swimming pools according to the health department’s regulations. That means particular attention to ‘high-touch’ points like buttons,
- High traffic areas regularly sanitized – handrails, door handles, locks, faucets, counter surfaces, etc.
- Kitchen & Swimming Pool are allowed 50% capacity
- Shared toilets, faucets, and sinks will undergo thorough disinfection 5 times a day.
- Sanitation stations are set up throughout all of our common areas.
- No shared dorms – All rooms are now private
- When you check-in, you’ll be able to opt-in or out of housekeeping services. Housekeeping will wear full protective clothing (PPE) at all times.
- Contactless Check In and limited use of cash if possible.
Bar & Restaurant
- All of our restaurants will be operating at 50% capacity
- Our tables will be spaced 6 feet (2 meters) apart from one another.
- Staff is required to wear masks at all times and regularly sanitize their hands.
Surf Camp, Tours & Shuttles
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Who Can Enter Costa Rica?
As of Nov. 1: All countries and U.S. states allowed into Costa Rica
Official Costa Rica Covid 19 Government Announcements:
US Embassy Website: https://cr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Costa Rica Covid 19 Entry Requirements
If you are not traveling in the near future, we recommend waiting to buy the insurance policy, as the tourism is strongly urging the government to reduce or eliminate the insurance requirements. There have been changes announced every couple weeks.
- Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
- Traveler’s Medical Insurance – international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) https://www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor https://www.tiendasagicor/en.
For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:
- Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica
- Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID 19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars)
- Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic (This requirement is under review but still stands until further notice)
What is Open?
In the popular destinations such as Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Tamarindo, Playas del Coco and other coastal towns, a few shops, bars and restaurants are currently open until 10 pm, and many tours are operating. We see businesses opening daily as travel restrictions continue to ease. We expect by November that most businesses will be open to the public.
What is closed and not expected to open in the near future: Concerts, public spectacles, fairs (except farmer’s markets), sporting events (with some exceptions), expos, conference centers, skate parks and children’s games, amusement parks, bars, nightclubs, casinos.
Costa Rica Covid 19 Sanitary Regulations
- Currently the use of a mask is mandatory in all public enclosed spaces including supermarkets, buses, shops, etc. The mask must cover your mouth and nose, face shields are not acceptable unless accompanied with the mask.
- National Parks are open and have 50% occupancy limit. Reservations need to made ahead of time for some National Parks. Contact us for more information.
- All public establishments are allowed to be open weekdays 5:00 am to 10:00 pm, and weekends 5:00 am to 9:00 pm