Journey Alert: U.S. Embassy San Jose (three August 2020)
Costa Rica has confirmed 19,402 circumstances of Corona virus as of August three, 2020. The Ministry of Well being has introduced gradual measures for reopening Costa Rica to air journey. Vacationers from designated international locations at the moment are in a position to enter Costa Rica on industrial flights departing from Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt, Germany. In keeping with the Ministry of Well being, the listing of designated international locations and flight departure factors will step by step increase over the approaching months. All passengers wishing to enter Costa Rica on a flight from a chosen departure level might want to current the outcomes of a damaging take a look at for COVID-19 taken inside the previous 48 hours and buy insurance coverage which covers lodging in case of quarantine and hospitalization in case of acute sickness. Passengers may even be required to fill out digital epidemiological varieties which can be out there in a number of languages. As of now, there is no such thing as a introduced date for when industrial flights from the United States will be allowed to enter Costa Rica. You’ll find extra particular data relating to this gradual reopening by visiting the U.S. Embassy San Jose web site at this hyperlink.
The Nationwide Emergency Fee (CNE) has introduced the schedule for Costa Rica’s August COVID-19 measures. From August 1 by August 9, and from August 22 by August 30, the so referred to as “opening phases,” most institutions with sanitary permission are allowed to function nationally. From August 10 by August 21, the “closed section,” there can be a complete closure of business institutions in cantons beneath an Orange Alert. In cantons beneath a Yellow Alert, these institutions can proceed to function usually throughout this time. Driving restrictions may even proceed in areas beneath each Orange and Yellow alerts however will differ in response to license plate quantity, geographical location, and “section.” From August 1 by August 9 and August 22 by August 30, in areas beneath an Orange Alert, driving can be allowed from 5 a.m. to five p.m. with every day restrictions primarily based on license plate numbers. From August 10 by August 21, the “closed section,” autos may function from 5am to 5pm however solely at some point every week and one weekend day primarily based on license plate quantity. In areas beneath a Yellow alert, throughout the whole month of August, driving is permitted from 5am to 10pm on weekdays and 5am to 7pm on weekends with every day car restrictions primarily based on license plate quantity. As well as, as of August 1, the variety of areas beneath an Orange alert will lower, however a lot of the Basic Metropolitan Space will stay beneath an Orange alert. For an in depth English language abstract of those restrictions and a map of areas beneath Orange and Yellow alerts as of August 1, please go to this hyperlink.
The Ministry of Well being has introduced that seashores in areas beneath a Yellow Alert at the moment are allowed to stay open from 5:00am till 2:30pm. All open air tourism actions (with sanitary precautions) are additionally allowed in these areas. The next actions and companies nonetheless can not function all through August: Concert events, public spectacles, festivals (besides farmer’s markets), sporting occasions, expos, convention facilities, skate parks and kids’s video games, amusement parks, bars, nightclubs, casinos.
The Costa Rica Directorate of Migration has introduced that vacationers who entered the nation after December 17, 2019 have been granted an extension of keep till November 18, 2020. The grace interval for drivers who’re within the nation as vacationers has additionally been prolonged till November 18, 2020. Vacationers should carry their passport and international driver’s license when driving. All industrial employees who work together with the general public at the moment are required to put on face coverings or shields, and face shields are required for everybody indoors besides when consuming, whereas alone, or in non-public houses. For extra data on this requirement, please observe this hyperlink.
The U.S. Embassy has partnered with United Airways to supply further industrial repatriation flights throughout the month of August. United Airways will function three industrial repatriation flights every week from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) to Houston, Texas (IAH). These flights will happen on Monday, Thursday, and Friday by August 31. United Airways won’t conduct flights from Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport in Liberia throughout August. Please go to www.United.com for particulars on pricing and flight occasions.
Spirit Airways is providing a industrial repatriation flight on Friday August 7. The flight will depart SJO Airport in San José, Costa Rica and arrive at FLL Airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Go to www.spirit.com for flight occasions and ticket costs.
These flights are open to public reserving however seats are restricted. The U.S. Embassy just isn’t in a position to help with arranging onward journey from Houston and Ft. Lauderdale. Insurance policies relating to baggage allowances and seating preparations can be managed by United Airways and Spirit Airways. Please go to www.united.com and www.spirit.com for additional data relating to availability and connections. The price of these flights can be primarily based on the passenger’s closing locations. These costs are set by United Airways.
Passengers touring with pets and Emotional Assist or Service Animals might want to seek the advice of with United Airways and Spirit Airways relating to further charges and area availability. United Airways doesn’t enable pets to journey as cargo. Correct documentation and veterinary certificates can be required. Please go to the airline web sites for extra data. For extra data on necessities for pets to enter the US, please click on on this hyperlink.
IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS ON ALL OUTBOUND REPATRIATION FLIGHTS:
Spirit and United Airways presently requires all passengers to put on face coverings throughout the check-in course of and in the course of the flight. Well being rules for boarding the United and Spirit flights can be managed in response to Costa Rica Ministry of Well being pointers. Presently that features medical personnel monitoring passenger traces for folks with COVID 19 signs and asking passengers with signs to self-identify. Well being rules for arrival at Houston’s IAH airport are managed by the airport and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) beneath steering from CDC and state well being officers. Presently there aren’t any particular measures in place at IAH or FLL. Verify with the airport and CBP web sites for updates at https://www.fly2houston.com/iah/overview/ , https://www.broward.org/Airport/Pages/default.aspx, and https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/coronavirus.
All passengers can be topic to Costa Rica immigration and customs legal guidelines and Airline insurance policies. The U.S. Embassy just isn’t in a position to intervene if persons are stopped for violations or don’t meet airline rules. U.S. Residents will need to have legitimate passports to enter the US. In case you don’t have a legitimate U.S. passport, please electronic mail ACSsanjose@state.gov instantly to use for an Emergency Passport. International nationwide passengers should possess an official journey doc from their nation of nationality and permission to strategy a United States port of entry equivalent to a authorized everlasting resident card, U.S. visa, or Digital System for Journey Authorization (ESTA) pre-approval. For extra data on U.S. entry observe this hyperlink: https://www.cbp.gov/journey.
For data on requesting an emergency visa utility appointment name 4000-1976, or go to: www.ustraveldocs.com/cr/cr-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Word that international nationals looking for visas should qualify for a nonimmigrant visa beneath relevant legal guidelines, and that per U.S. Presidential Proclamation, most international nationals who’ve been in areas of highest COVID-19 incidence inside the previous 14 days should be refused embarkation to the US. See full particulars at www.ustraveldocs.com/cr.
The U.S. Embassy will proceed to observe site visitors and journey restrictions related to COVID-19 preventative measures. Please make certain you might be enrolled within the Protected Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://journey.state.gov/content material/journey.html to obtain the most recent updates. You may as well discover up to date data on the U.S. Embassy web site at https://cr.usembassy.gov/.
Please bear in mind that foreigners won’t be allowed to enter Costa Rica till after present border restrictions are lifted. Individuals with residency standing who depart Costa Rica right now won’t be allowed to re-enter Costa Rica utilizing their residency standing till the emergency interval is lifted by the Authorities of Costa Rica.
You may electronic mail any further questions you will have to ACSSANJOSE@state.gov. We are going to reply to your electronic mail as rapidly as doable.