Saturday, May 1, 2021

Costa Rica Restrictions May 2021

For the months of January and February 2021, Costa Rica presented LOW indicators of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Costa Ricans seeing that people were already being vaccinated, due to their

Family that visited and enjoyed Costa Rica with IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL

despair of being locked up for so long and their free time for leisure at Easter, caused the number of cases in Costa Rica to increase for the month of April 2021.

The Costa RicanTourism Institute, the Ministry of Health and the Private Industry have implemented strict hygiene and safety protocols to protect our visitors. From January to March 2021, Costa Rica reactivated international arrivals and as a country we managed to increase the number of airlines, the number of seats available and the visit of 203,755 people by air. The Security Perception Index for Costa Rica from June 2020 to today has remained oscillating between 80 and 90 points.

The tourism minister has repeatedly mentioned that the rate of positive cases in international visitors in tourism is 0.15.

Traveling in your bubble following the safety guidelines, using personal protection and using serious providers that have all the permits, safe travels seal and implementation of protocols makes Costa Rica a safe destination to travel.

Cory Lee enjoyed Costa Rica

Between the months of March and April 2021, IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL had 30 happy travelers of various nationalities enjoying Costa Rica. Everyone returned home with a negative covid test and full of fun, bonding memories. For the next few months we have several confirmed trips from people eager to enjoy a safe leisure trip. As a company, we ensure the safety of our staff and passengers, therefore we apply all bio-security protocols.

We also remind you that to enter Costa Rica you are ONLY requested to complete the Digital Health Form and bring an Insurance with specifications required by the Government of Costa Rica.

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.


It should also be noted that there is the possibility in the country without much work to carry out the PCR and Antigen tests for your return Home.

But ALTHOUGH we are ready to receive you, it is important to mention that in order to maintain the epidemiological situation in the country, which has increased from Easter till today (increase in positive cases in the country's population), several restrictions have been implemented FROM MAY 3 TO 9, 2021

  • Airports are OPEN. The only restriction implemented is 50% capacity on the Shops inside the terminals.

  • Hotels, Cabins, Accommodation Establishments are open without restriction

  • Pools, restaurants, gyms, common areas within hotels, cabins, accommodation establishments need to be at 50% capacity

  • National Parks with 50% capacity

  • Beaches hours until 6pm.

  • Car rentals are open. The rent a car can circulate any day they only have to follow the circulation schedule from 5am to 9pm

  • There are no restrictions for tourist transport, taxis and special services must only follow the circulation schedule from 5am to 9pm

  • The closure of all establishments with a health permit for the operation of customer service is ordered, except for the list of exceptions of essential establishments, which includes supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers, grocery stores, suppliers, bakeries, butchers, greengrocers, home delivery, agricultural, veterinary and hygiene supplies, banks and funeral homes, hotels and farmer's fairs.

  • Throughout the country, the vehicle restriction hours are from Monday to Sunday from 5am to 9:00 p.m.

  • Vehicle restriction of even and odd plates during weekends.


If you want to read the restrictions in detail, you can visit:


https://sites.google.com/presidencia.go.cr/alertas/actualizaci%C3%B3n-de-alertas-y-medidas?authuser=0

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Costa Rica GOOD NEWS!!!! We have positive progress

This is a summary in regards to Costa Rica's progress in relation to the world situation COVID-19


VACCINATION IN PROGRESS

Costa Rica got the first batch of bottles with the drug, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech on December 23, 2020. Costa Rica is one of the first countries in the continent to initiate immunization of risk groups.

The country started the vaccination December 24, 2020. The Minister of Health created 5 groups which dictates the priority in who gets it first. 

Costa Rica started the year 2021 with 2.455 Costa Ricans vaccinated.

Costa Rica signed contracts to purchase six million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with three suppliers, the one mentioned with Pfizer-BioNTech, and others with AstraZeneca-Oxford (one million doses) and the COVAX initiative of the World Organization of the Health (two million doses) to immunize three million people throughout 2021.


 POSITIVE CASES ARE GOING DOWN

The numbers of confirmed COVID-19 infections in recent days as well as hospitalizations for the disease are on a downward trend. The report as of today we have 193,276 infections, of them 38,720 active, 151,952 recovered and 2,604 deaths.


TESTS AVAILABLE

The PCR Test is available around the country. Its easy to do. 

1. Appointment + Cost $100 to $150usd per person

2. Do the Test - sample taken

3. The lab takes from 24 to 48 hrs to send the test results

4. You get the results by email which you have to show in the airline and migration of your country

In addition, as of January 29, 2021, ten private clinical laboratories have been approved to perform the antigen test. The advantage of this test is that the quickest result is provided. To perform this test, you must present your air ticket.
The endorsed laboratories are:

  • Hospital Clinica Biblica
  • Hospital La Catolica
  • Hospital Metropolitano
  • Hospital Universal
  • Laboratorio Cartin
  • Laboratorio Cenahce
  • Laboratorio Paez
  • Laboratorio San Jose
  • Laboratorio Echandi
  • Laboratorio Labin



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Costa Rica is ready for you when you are! Safe Travels

 The Covid-19 situation worldwide has hit the tourism industry really hard. And we have not been the exception. IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL has been handling there for the past 10 months. 

But we do want you to know. That we have seen it with positive eyes. We took advantage of this CERO SEASON to get organize, renew web page, create new accessible destinations, and promote a Costa Rica for all!!!  It has been a very hard road on a very difficult time. And we know it will take this 2021 to start a slow recovery. But the light will come and travel will be part of People's Life. And when this happens, we will be ready with unique Costa Rican experiences for all.

We invite you to take a look at our New Information:

And well we have been working on implementing all the Safe Travels Protocols so that our travelers can feel safe with us.

We have asked all our suppliers to do so as well. 

This is the Safe Travels Video where you can see the requirements to Enter Costa Rica:

 


 

And this is our Video of Protocols:


 


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.