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Published on Friday, October 15, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministries of Culture and Health announced new guidelines for Costa Rica being applied and lasting through the rest of the year.

As of today, all public employees should be fully vaccinated, according to a new mandate recently approved.

As of Nov. 1, fully vaccinated people will be able to attend mass events, such as theaters, cinemas, cultural festivals, concerts, among others.

People with a completed two dose vaccination from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna will be able to enter after 14 days have elapsed from the application of the last dose. In the case of people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson, they should only have met 14 days after the application of the single-dose, the ministry said in its statement.

If the activity allows the entry of mixed- vaccinated people (which means allowing fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated people), the organizers may only allow the entry of 100 people.

Also, fully vaccinated tourists do not have to comply with the medical insurance requirement to enter the country. They must show proof of the vaccination against the covid-19 record card. As well as complete an online Health Pass 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica. Tourists must also have a valid passport and proof of intent to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.

Tourists should double-check the entry requirements by contacting their local Costa Rica embassy or consular representation before the trip.
As of Nov. 15, access to 25% of the maximum capacity of the place is allowed in the case of sports and cultural activities that take place in stadiums. Only fully vaccinated people may enter. No exception allowed for mixed-vaccinated status people.

As of Dec. 1, public access places, such as museums, theaters, cinemas, bars, casinos, restaurants, dance academies, dance salons, artistic activities, among many others, will only allow fully vaccinated people, authorities said.

At the entrance gate of the places where massive activities are carried out, all people over the age of 18 must present their ID and the QR code for their covid-pass (printed or saved in a small device as a cell phone) issued by the Ministry of Health.  Instead of ID for international visitors, they must present their passport.

Earlier this week, the authorities announced the mandatory implementation of the so-called covid-pass.

Beaches also have new guidelines. Their hours are extended, from Monday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is not clear if beach access will require folks to be fully vaccinated or not.

In the case of places with recreational activities such as the National Amusement Park, maximum capacity has been reduced to 50%, which is approximately 5,000 people.

According to the Ministry of Health, the covid passport will be mandatory to enter restaurants, cafes, food trucks, food courts, bars, casinos, shops, department stores, shopping centers, museums, gyms, hotels, cabins or accommodation establishments, spas, congresses, churches, event rooms, adventure tourism, theaters, cinemas, art academies, dance academies, places where all kinds of artistic or sports activities are carried out, among many others places.

The full list of non-vaccinated or fully vaccinated places can be found on the Ministry's website in the Spanish language.

Authorities will make adjustments in the future. And health guidelines could be modified in the future depending on the evolution of covid-19 in the country.

The country has a herd immunity goal of at least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 fully-vaccinated people in Costa Rica, authorities say.  The Social Security reported, 5,921,089 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied.

The country has imported 6,761,945  vaccines against covid-19.
On Thursday the health authorities reported 75,227 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 550,034 cases detected since last year, there were 6,771 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate, according to the statistics, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.9 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Are you for or against the measures to avoid covid-19 in Costa Rica?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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