Covid-19 Updates: The situation is changing fast for Costa Rica as are the requirements for visitors. For updates specific to the South Caribbean please check below. For updates applicable to all of Costa Rica we recommend checking the latest info on the The Tico Times.

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Talamanca is NOT subject to additional restrictions

Talamanca NO está sujeta a restricciones adicionales.

The confusion began when the mayor of Limón city announced closures of beaches but this does not affect Cahuita, Puerto Viejo or any of the Caribe Sur.

Sep 9 2020

Confused about entry requirements for tourists?

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) released a short video highlighting the entry requirements for visitors from the United States. The requirements generally are applicable for tourists from other permitted countries as well.

Sep 8 2020 View story on Tico Times

Costa Rica expands list of countries from which tourists are welcomed

China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Uruguay are among the additions. Most countries in Europe, UK and Canada remain on the list while the United States remains on the unsafe list.

Aug 16 2020 View story on Tico Times

Latest Updates for Visiting Costa Rica

As Costa Rica opened for incoming tourist arrivals on August 2, a number of details have started to become clear on what are the requirements if you'd like to visit. Approved countries, test and insurance requirements. This article is for tourists, not returning residents or citizens, who have always been allowed back have different requirements.

1. Tourists must arrive on a flight from an approved country. This list currently includes the European Union and the Schengen Zone, the UK and Canada. It does NOT include the United States. The first arriving flights are from Spain and Germany, Canadian flights have not restarted yet. Flights from the US from American and United continue to operate but are for returning residents and to repatriate Americans still in the country, tourists may not arrive on these flights.

2. Tourists must have documents proving a negative Coronavirus test within 48 hours of departure and complete a health questionnaire prior to boarding

3. Tourists must have valid insurance covering Coronavirus with specific benefits covered. There is coverage from the National Insurance Institute (INS) which qualifies. Other policies may qualify but the traveler would need to prove they meet the requirements.

4. Restrictions remain in place on activities and what you can do while here depending on what alert level the zone you are visiting is in. Check with your travel agent and/or hotel for restrictions applicable.

Aug 10 2020 View more info on Visit Costa Rica

Conde Nast Traveler visita a Puerto Viejo!

Conde Nast Traveler visita a Caribe Sur y hay muchos fotos hermosos y información util. Conde Nast Traveler magazine visits the Puerto Viejo and Cahuita and there are beautiful pics and lots of useful info!

Jul 30 2020 View story on Conde Nast Traveler

Living Abroad in Costa Rica

The vlogger "Living Abroad in Costa Rica" has been doing some great videos about what it's like to live here as a black or brown person so take a look and subscribe if you're curious.

Jul 10 2020 View more on her YouTube channel

Costa Rica announces that border will reopen to tourists on Aug 2

International flights will be allowed from countries that have controlled the spread of the coronavirus

Costa Rica ha anunciado que la frontera va a reabrir para turistas extranjeras a partir de 2 de augusto. A partir de esa fecha el país permitirá vuelos de países que han controlado la propagación del coronavirus.

Update: the official decree specified Aug 2 not Aug 1 as was written in the earlier version of this post.

Jun 26 2020 View story on Tico Times

MEPE increases bus service with a revised temporary schedule

MEPE has introduced a new bus schedule serving the Caribbean starting June 10 between Limón and Puerto Viejo and between Limón and Manzanillo. This temporary schedule is a step back towards the full normal schedule.

Jun 15 2020

Caribe Shuttle starts up again on San José to Puerto Viejo route

Caribe Shuttle starts up again on their most popular route: San José to Puerto Viejo. And they are offering a special price of $20. New enhanced safety protocols to keep you safe will be in place.

Caribe Shuttle vuelve a trabajar con su ruta más popular: San José a Puerto Viejo. Para celebrar la reapertura y para ayudar a estimular la economía local, ofrecen su ruta más popular entre Puerto Viejo Limón y San José con un precio reducido de solo $ 20. También estan implementando nuevas medidas de seguridad e higiene para asegurarnos de que los pasajeros se mantengan cómodos y protegidos.

Puerto Viejo, Limón -> San José 6:00 am
San José -> Puerto Viejo, Limón 2:00 pm

Jun 15 2020

Tourists Stranded In Costa Rica Due To Pandemic Get Married In Puerto Viejo

Making the most of a pandemic, this Spanish-English couple decided to get married during their much lengthened trip to the Caribbean Coast.

Jun 9 2020

Water treatment system work to begin soon

Work is slated to begin on June 21 in Puerto Viejo for what will be Costa Rica's most modern water treatment system in the country. The tertiary treatment plant will cover waste from 4,000 residents plus many tourist establishments. The work is expected to take 12 months.

Jun 3 2020 View story on La Nación

Gandoca-Manzanillo and Tortuguero reopen

Costa Rica has reopened 15 more protected wildlife areas including Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Tortuguero National Park effective June 1.

Jun 2 2020 View story on Tico Times

Border closure extended while other measures easing

The border closure has been extended until June 30. Only citizens and legal residents are able to enter Costa Rica until then (and it may be extended). However for those already in Costa Rica, many more restrictions will be easing on June 1. All hotels, restaurants and many more businesses will be allowed to open, generally at 50% capacity. Meanwhile at the border with Nicaragua, a line of trucks stretches 22 km due to the restrictions.

May 30 2020 View story on Tico Times

In Costa Rica, the absence of tourists means a greater need for food banks

The Guardian covers Puerto Viejo during lockdown and how people are coping with the crisis and helping out those in need.

May 22 2020 View story on The Guardian

This is Costa Rica’s timeline for reopening

The health ministry has announced a detailed timeline for reopening. The first restrictions will be eased as of this Friday May 15.

May 12 2020 View story on Tico Times

Coronovirus updates: 21 days in a row of active cases falling

Costa Rica reported just 4 new cases today and 17 recoveries. Which means like all of the last 21 days the number of active cases has decreased.

The government has extended the border closure until June 15. Only citizens and legal residents may enter the country until at least that date.

The first case in a resident of the canton of Talamanca has been diagnosed. The case showed up in the daily statistics per canton released by the ministry of health on May 5. However local sources are reporting that the case assigned to Talamanca was a Nicaraguan truck driver who was identified while in Talamanca while crossing from Panama.

May 7 2020 View story on Tico Times

Delta to resume flights to Costa Rica in May

Delta has announced resumption of select international routes during May including flights starting May 17 Atlanta to San José. The border is closed to non-residents until May 15 so if that doesn't change things will start to get back to normal soon.

Apr 26 2020 View story on Simple Flying

Costa Rica Coronavirus Update

Costa Rica has been very successful in their measures to control Covid-19 with only 681 confirmed cases and the actual number of active cases falling for the last week with more recoveries than new cases. Talamanca is so far one of the few cantons in Costa Rica with no cases at all, thanks to the great efforts of the local community and no doubt a little luck. That doesn't however mean things are going back to normal just yet. The borders are closed until at least May 15 to new arrivals. Please keep Puerto Viejo and area in mind for rebooking your holiday and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Apr 22 2020

MEPE offers WhatsApp to check schedules

New bus schedules have been published effective today. We've included the most important schedules here. Confused about what's still running? You can now ask MEPE via WhatsApp +506 7285 2592.

Nuevos horarios de bus a parte de hoy y podría preguntar MEPE por WhatsApp si tiene preguntas. Podría ver los horarios de las rutas mas importante aqui.

Apr 20 2020

This is not a vacation (video)

Please stay home as the South Caribbean is closed to protect all of us. We look forward to welcoming you when this is all over. #QuedateEnCasa

Apr 3 2020

Manatees in Limón

With the reduced boat traffic, manatees have been spotted off of Limon for the first time in decades #naturereturns

Por la primera vez en décadas, se puede ver manatíes en el mar cerca de Limón #naturalezaregresa

Apr 2 2020

MEPE announces further bus schedule cuts

With the health alert, MEPE has cancelled additional buses; there are just a few that continue to operate. Make sure to check with MEPE before you head to the bus. The phone number for the Transportes Mepe offices are below.

MEPE ha cancelado más buses; hay pocos que continúan a operar. Por favor, llame antes de ir a la estación de bus.

Transportes MEPE numeros:
Puerto Viejo 2750-0023
Cahuita 2755-1011
San Jose 2257-8129

Mar 31 2020

Food bank for those affected by Covid-19 Banco solidario de alimentos

Various groups have started a food and supplies donation drive to help those families affected by the Covid-19 crisis. See the image to see how you can help or you can also drop off donations at Súper Negro Green Market, Old Harbour, Súper Hone Creek or Súper Negro Hone Creek.

Como respuesta a la crisis nacional provocada por el COVID-19, CATCCAS, la ADI de Puerto Viejo y otros grupos organizados del Caribe Sur, han tomado la iniciativa de crear un banco solidario de alimentos para apoyar a las familias que por esta situación se encuentran en riesgo social, ayudándoles por medio de donaciones de alimentos y productos de higiene para que puedan sobrellevar esta situación que nos afecta a todos. Ver la imagen para métodos que puede ayudar. También podría dar donaciones a Súper Negro Green Market, Old Harbour, Súper Hone Creek o Súper Negro Hone Creek.

Mar 27 2020

Talamanca prohibits all alcoholic beverage sales

Municipality of Talamanca has prohibited all alcoholic beverage sales until April 14. Prohibido la venta de bebidas alcolicas en Talamanca hasta el 14 de abril. This includes Puerto Viejo and the whole South Caribbean zone. They tried this a few days and reversed themselves the following day but this edict from yesterday will likely stick.

Mar 26 2020

Most airlines suspending flights to Costa Rica

If you're a visitor still in Costa Rica, Tico Times has published a guide to what is still running and what is not. Very few international flights remain on the schedule so travelers who don't leave soon may be stuck here for at least all of April.

Si eres un visitante y todavía está en Costa Rica, habrá pocos vuelos internacionales operando. Tico Times ha publicado una guía detallada.

Mar 21 2020 View story on Tico Times

New Rules from Immigration Department

If you're not a Costa Rican citizen and wish to remain in Costa Rica during this period of high alert some special rules apply now. Including those here as tourists who will have their 90 day stay automatically extended to May 17.

Mar 19 2020 View details

With the health alert many buses have been cancelled / schedules changed

Make sure to check with MEPE before you head to the bus. The phone number for the Transportes Mepe offices are below.

Con la alerta amarillo, MEPE ha cambiado el horario mucho. Por favor, llame antes de ir a la estación de bus.

Transportes MEPE numeros:
Puerto Viejo 2750-0023
Cahuita 2755-1011
San Jose 2257-8129

Mar 19 2020

Costa Rica declares State of Emergency due to coronavirus; will close borders to foreigners and non-residents

Everyone else is closing borders so I guess this is not a surprise. Schools also to close. Border closures start Wednesday, March 18th from 23:59 and continue until Sunday, April 12th 2020 at 23:59.

Gobierno decreta estado de emergencia nacional. Fronteras se cerrarán a extranjeros y no residentes. También las escuelas se cerrarán.

Mar 16 2020

A better home for Ada Pomares and her family

There are a lot of needs in the local community, especially when you go a little ways away from the tourist and beach areas. Nina of Gecko Trail Costa Rica is always on the lookout for people who could really use a hand up and this family could really use your help!

Mar 5 2020 View details on gofundme

Amazing video showing off our beautiful Caribe!

Beaches, wildlife, people and scenery!

Feb 29 2020 View on facebook

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