COVID-19 Contingency Planning
Update May 12, 2020
Costa Rica’s borders remain closed to foreign tourists until June 15, 2020.
Parks are re-opening slowly as the new case count has dropped. The following national parks will open Saturday, May 16 for locals:
• Irazú Volcano National Park
• Poás Volcano National Park
• Guayabo National Monument
• Braulio Carrillo National Park
• Carara National Park
• Corcovado National Park
• Manuel Antonio National Park
• Cahuita National Park
• Arenal Volcano National Park
• Rincón de la Vieja National Park
• Los Quetzales National Park
• Tapantí National Park
In addition, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has been authorized to reopen. While Monteverde is a private reserve, it’s a “site of strong tourist visitation,” SINAC said, and critical to the local economy.
The curve has turned.Costa Rica reports 705 cases, 16 are currently hospitalized and six fatalities. The number of new cases reported began dropping on April 10. The border remains closed to tourists until May 15. President Alvarado said authorities will “keep monitoring” the progression of the coronavirus pandemic and will announce new changes on May 11. “We know there is a need to economically reactivate the country,” President Alvarado said.
Costa Rica reports 626 cases, 16 hospitalized and four fatalities. The number of new cases reported began dropping on April 10. The borders remain closed until the end of April.
The country's quick action to implement travel and vehicle restrictions, closing off all public areas and most nonessential businesses will allow Costa Rica to come out of this faster than most other destinations. Tourism is the number one industry in Costa Rica and its citizens and government understand the importance of being responsible now so tourists can safely return as soon as possible. Costa Rica's low-density population, warm weather, safe and responsible tour operators and resorts are all reasons why we will emerge from this crisis as the premier Tropical destination for tourism
We hope the country will reopen its borders on May 1st, and that we will start seeing regularly scheduled flights by mid-June or earlier. Of course, Costa Rica tourism is subject to the recovery in the U.S so we need to see how the situation unfolds. Costa Rica will be safe and ready to receive travelers immediately when things start to normalize.
Costa Rica has declared a State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Carlos Alvarado announced 3.16.20.
The country will shut down its borders to foreigners and non-residents starting 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The restriction applies to the country’s ports of entry via land, air or sea. Starting on 3.19.20, citizens and residents who arrive in Costa Rica will be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, President Alvarado said.
Costa Rica has extended its entry restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic until April 30.
Costa Rica has 467 confirmed cases of COVID-19, two elderly adults have died. The number of new cases reported started decreasing on 4.10.20.
The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica is gauging interest from U.S. citizens who may require a repatriation flight home. Most airlines have suspended service to Costa Rica, and Delta Airlines’ last confirmed flight until May 2 is 3.31.20. The U.S. Embassy has been told that flight is full. The U.S. Embassy is working with airlines to gauge demand for either additional commercial flights or U.S. government-organized flights if no commercial flights are available,” it said in an alert to citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen interested in being added to a list for any potential U.S. government-organized flight, the Embassy asks that you use .
If you have already booked your dates (with a signed reservation agreement):
If these travel restrictions force you to postpone or reschedule your tip, here are the relevant policies and best practices on how to prepare:
Here is our Covid-19 policy.
CANCELLATIONS/RESCHEDULES - Reschedules: If your arrival date is March 18, 2020 to April 18, 2020, we will gladly reschedule your stay at no charge (new dates are subject to availability). We will gladly reschedule your stay at no charge if you change your original reservation six months or more before your arrival date (new dates are subject to availability). The fee to reschedule is $700 if you change dates between six months & 75 days prior to arrival. Reschedules made fewer than 75 days prior to occupancy are subject to a non-refundable fee of $1700. Buy travel insurance that will reimburse these expenses! Cancellations: No refunds are provided for trips offered through charities. (Note: We will waive any rescheduling fees that are NOT unreimbursed via the insurance policy.)
(Note: We recommend trip interruption insurance policies that will reimburse your flight, lodging and tour rescheduling costs.). This is only available to purchase 30 or more days prior to arrival. To learn more, .
Once you have arranged for the insurance coverage, you may choose alternate dates in 2021 from . Send us an with your preferred selection and we'll take it from there.
Note: In order to keep your reservation "alive" (and to allow you to reschedule it), all outstanding invoices must be paid in full.
If you have a charity-issued certificate and have NOT booked your trip with us:
We will work with you to extend the validity date beyond its published expiration date. We have established a list of certificate holders who want to extend their validity dates. Please and let us know that you want to be added to that list. When the dust settles we will contact you to reschedule your trip.
(Note: If you don't inform us we cannot guarantee a future date is available.)