Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Safe Travel Seal in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is now has open air borders with the World and there is no Covid Test required. There are only three requirements:

1. Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr/step0. 

2. Travel Insurance  that Guarantees 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). And includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

3. Follow all Safe Travel protocols and use Personal Equipment at all time. 

The Costa Rica Institute of Tourism  created 16 protocols for the tourism industry and is now granting the seal locally to those who qualify.

160 Costa Rican tourism companies have obtained the Safe Travels seal for complying with health protocols. Including as you know our local ground operator IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL:

 

 

The Costa Rica government also announced that they encourage tourists to offset the carbon footprint generated by air flights and land travel in order to facilitate the raising of financial resources for the Payment of Environmental Services Program (PSA), thanks to the agreement signed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the National Forest Financing Fund (Fonafifo).

To know the economic amount to compensate the emissions of each journey, the traveler can use the calculator located on the sitehttps://www.fonafifo.go.cr/en/calculadora/and make the purchase right there.


 

 

Friday, October 23, 2020

No more COVID test to enter Costa Rica

COSTA RICA'S PRESS RELEASE:

October 22, 2020. In order to reactivate tourism employment, especially in rural areas of Costa Rica belonging to the Guanacaste, North Zone, Central Pacific, South Pacific and Caribbean regions, the Government decided to facilitate entry requirements to the country. This is why as of Monday, October 26, national and foreign passengers entering Costa Rica by air must NOT present a negative RT-PCR test result, (same that determines the presence of SARS CoV-2 that produces Covid-19), Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism, announced this Thursday.

"This decision is made in view of the air opening to all the countries of the world on November 1 and takes into account that the Pan American Health Organization, in a document dated October 9, considers it unnecessary to demand tests or order quarantines for the resumption of international travel ”, said the Minister of Tourism.

In addition to the migratory visa requirements for each country, the requirements within the framework of the pandemic that remain in force are to complete the epidemiological digital form called the Health Pass, the acquisition of medical insurance that meets the parameters established and follow all protocols like wearing PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT.




Saturday, October 17, 2020

We welcome the WORLD!!!!

 Costa Rica will be open to the World!!!!

Opening of Air Borders will happen on November 1st, 2020.



The requirements that all travelers need to present upon arrival are:

  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. (please consider that no other type of COVID TEST is accepted)
  • Travel Insurance  that Guarantees 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). And includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.
We do have to mention that airlines are opening flights into Costa Rica from various destinations:
  • Volaris will renew operations on Novermber 23rd,  five flights daily from Los Angeles, Washington DC , New York, Mexico City and Cancun. Offering 70% discount to flights into and from Central America. 
  • United Airlines will enlarge the quantity of flights from 4 to 7 per week, adding to the list Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 
For more information of flight coming into Costa Rica please visit this official site.

The whole country, the tourism sector and our company have implemented protocols to secure the safety of our visitors. You can see them:

And we guarantee the suppliers we recommend also offer safe protocols. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Citizens from Central America welcomed

The amazing Sun and outstanding beaches of Costa Rica is one of the many reasons why people want to visit our beautiful country. 

Costa Rica has 1228 kilometers of coast land and around 600 beaches. We are so happy to announce that the beach restriction is now the following:

From Monday to Friday from 5am til 10pm. And during the weekends from 5am till 8pm. This gives our visitors the flexibility and possibility of enjoying the great healing of the Ocean and the Energy of the Sun and the Sunset.

We have another great news! Starting October 15, the country will open borders "international flights" between Costa Rica and all Central America and Panama. 

For all nationalities with open borders have the following requirements:

Requirements to enter Costa Rica: 

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr/step0.
  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. (please consider that no other type of COVID TEST is accepted)
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute. (you have to upload it to the digital form as pdf file)

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.

Another news from 08 October the CASINOS located in HOTELS will be able to reopen following strict health protocols.
To guarantee the operation, the managers of the casinos must be vigilant in the application of a series of measures, among which are:


  • Temperature measurement of customers upon entering.
  • A maximum capacity of 50%.
  • Ensure the use of disposable cups, plates and cutlery.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be sold while the 50% capacity requirement is in force. Neither will game tournaments or live shows be held.
  • The tables, chairs and gaming machines will be subjected to a complete disinfection, both at the beginning of operations, and at closing, and each time a customer uses them.
  • The chips of the gaming tables will be disinfected with ultra violet lamps at the time of opening the tables, at the moment of closing and during every hour while the games are active.
  • Gaming machines must be turned off and / or redistributed to guarantee the minimum required distance of 1.8 meters. When they cannot be redistributed, a polycarbonate screen will be placed to separate them.
  • Each gaming machine must be cleaned at least every 60 minutes.
  • At the gaming tables there will be a maximum of three chairs for players and between them there will be acrylic sheets or protection screens in order to guarantee physical distance between clients.

 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

November 1st ALL USA citizens can enter Costa Rica

Costa Rica government announced that November 1st all USA citizens will be able to enter Costa Rica. This means that the LIST GROWS and now residents and citizens from CANADA, USA, and EUROPEAN UNION will be able to visit our beautiful country.

The requirements are still the same, Please look at the Blog below this post for details.



Thursday, September 24, 2020

More Nationalities allowed into Costa Rica

THE LIST GROWS!!!  

Thursday, September 24, 2020- 

Citizens and residents of Mexico, will be able to visit the country by entering by air as of October 1, as long as they comply with the widely disclosed and well-known immigration requirements .

The same for Jamaican tourists and the authorization for CALIFORNIA and OHIO residents are allowed to visit the national territory starting next month.



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Costa Rica Entry Requirements and Updated Flights

 We at IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL believe its very important to inform with accurate information. We will keep updating. Right now this are the airlines and the requirements to enter Costa Rica.


Report on international operations and flights from Juan Santamaría International Airport - click this link to see updated information-



Entry Requirements COVID-19

This is the list of nationalities that can enter Costa Rica: (sept 19, 2020)

  • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
  • CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit. BY THE WAY part of its return to international flights, Air Canada will provide free travel insurance to its customers for reservations made between September 17 and October 31.
  • SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
  • ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
  • OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.
  • As of Sept. 1, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of nine states): Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
  • As of Sept. 15, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of ten states): Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming.
  • As of Oct. 1, 2020: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Residents of one state): California (if the epidemiological scenario permits it)

Requirements to enter Costa Rica: 

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr/step0.
  • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica. (please consider that no other type of COVID TEST is accepted)
  • Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 20 authorized states. This requirement excludes children travelling with their family. (this is part of the form. it requires you upload it on the form as apdf file)
  • Traveler’s Medical Insurance - international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute. (you have to upload it to the digital form as pdf file)

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 pdf file has to be uploaded to the health form to get approval.


- GREEN CODE-

After completing the health form you will get a CODE. If its green you are ready to enter Costa Rica with all your verified documents.


- PURPLE CODE -

After loading your information and you get a purple code it means that MIGRATION - the government - has to check your insurance personally no-site upon arrival.


- RED CODE -

If you get a red code after loading your information. It can be your insurance is not accepted or you are not from a accepted region to enter. Red means you will not be allowed in Costa Rica.

 We hope this information helps. And if you want us to help we are delighted to help you plan a SAFE TRAVEL to Costa Rica.

info@ilviaggiocr.com