Wednesday, July 21, 2021

New Costa Rica Entry Requirements

 By air, you can enter the country on commercial or private international

 
Flights that land at the Juan Santamaría (SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) airports.


In the case of entering the country by sea, you can enter the country on yachts and sailboats only through the marinas of Golfito, Los Sueños, Pez Vela, Banana Bay and Papagayo.

The Government of the Republic does not require coronavirus detection tests, nor does it issue sanitary confinement orders to enter the country by air or land.

Those who enter the country by sea and who have not made a stopover elsewhere, should not be subjected to isolation if they have been sailing for more than 14 days.

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are requested to abide by the sanitary protocols in place for carrying out all tourist activities in the country.

In the framework of the pandemic, the following requirements were also established:

  1. Complete the digital form called HEALTH PASS and available at https://salud.go.cr

    The Health Pass can only be completed within 72 hours of arriving in the country. It must be accessed in updated browsers with the exception of Internet Explorer. One form must be completed per person, including minors, without exception.

  2. Travel policy

    * Important update for minors and individuals who are fully vaccinated *

    As of August 1, 2021, all tourists under 18 years of age can enter the country without a travel policy.

    As of August 1, 2021, all tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and inoculated with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson can enter the country without a travel policy. The last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before arrival in Costa Rica.

    Vaccinated tourists must attach the vaccination certificate to the Health Pass. As proof, vaccination certificates and vaccination cards that contain at least the following information will be accepted:

    1. Name of the person who received the vaccine

    2. Date of each dose

    3. Pharmaceutical house

    In the case of U.S. travelers, the "COVID-19 vaccination record card" will be accepted.

    Tourists not vaccinated, with incomplete vaccination or vaccinated with a serum other than those admitted by the Costa Rican authorities, must purchase mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 disease as detailed below.

    International Policies

    Regarding the policy, you can choose any international insurance company that meets the following requirements:

    1. Valid during the entire stay in Costa Rica (coverage dates).

    2. $50,000 for medical expenses, including COVID-19 disease.

    3. $2,000 for lodging expenses in case of COVID-19 quarantine.

    Ask your insurance company for a certificate/letter in English or Spanish stating the following:

    1. Name of the person traveling.

    2. Validity of the effective policy during the Costa Rica visit (travel dates).

    3. Guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of COVID 19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000

    4. Minimum coverage of $2,000 for lodging expenses for quarantine or trip interruption for this same amount.

    This certificate must specify that the policy covers COVID-19 and must be uploaded to the HEALTH PASS to be reviewed and approved by the Costa Rican authorities. Insurance cards are not accepted, it must be a document that allows the verification of the coverage mentioned.

    If you want more details and information we invite you to visit the oficial site of ICT on the link below:

    Entry Requirements | Visit Costa Rica | Costa Rica Tourism Official website

     

 

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.