Costa Rica closes its borders

Old May 18th, 2020, 10:24 PM
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Little by little, things are easing. It's still a very slow opening.

Hotels with 20 rooms or fewer can open at 50% capacity.

Restaurants that have been approved for health permits can operate at 50% capacity. They can open on weekdays only. They can offer delivery on weekends.

Beaches can open from 5 am to 8 am on weekdays only. That’s a very short time.

Eleven national parks plus Monteverde Reserve can open at 50% capacity. These include Manuel Antonio, Poas, Irazu, Rincon de la Vieja, and Arenal. You can enter in a group of five or fewer. All hiking trails are set up to be one way. Observation platforms, like the one at Poas, and visitor centers are still closed. Manuel Antonio requires temperature checks for all visitors. Corcovado is still closed.

Professional sporting events can take place without spectators.

The nighttime and weekend driving restrictions I mentioned above are still in place.

The kicker here is that there still is no international tourism. They’re opening up very slowly to the domestic market for now.

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Old May 29th, 2020, 02:09 AM
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Glad things are starting to open back up a little bit. How do people feel about tourists coming back? I'm sure they're ready to be back in business, but maybe a little nervous too. Would tourists be required to wear masks? They did the same thing with our beaches here. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. so people can get exercise.
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Old May 29th, 2020, 04:33 PM
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The border closures have been extended until "at least" June 30. No international travel for the next month. That was announced today. It's not a good sign.

Lufthansa just announced yesterday it would resume service to Costa Rica in mid-June. That won't happen.

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Old May 30th, 2020, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for the update, sad news. Things are starting to open back up here but with restrictions. I went to get a haircut and had to have my temperature taken, sign a waiver, sanitize my hands, wear a mask, etc. My stylist was wearing a full face shield. Restaurants are open 50%.
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