COVID Policies and Updates

COVID Policies and Updates

PachaMama has been very fortunate to pass the Coronavirus quarantine period as a collective, and in good health.

Costa Rica has done well at managing and controlling the virus throughout the country, with most cases caught and treated early. The recovery rate has been high.

Guanacaste Province, where PachaMama is located, is one of the least affected areas of the country.

The below information will be regularly updated.

Schedule

PachaMama will open for the 2020-2021 season on November 1st. The schedule is taking shape, and so far November-January have been published. See the schedule here, and additional months will be added as events and workshops are confirmed.

Protocols

Minimum Stay Policy

The minimum stay for visitors is 2 weeks.

The minimum stay for those participating in the Work Exchange Program is 2 months.

For those interested in coming to PachaMama to attend a workshop only, please contact us directly to discuss.

Hygiene

Hygiene protocols in PachaMama have been heightened. Hand washing stations are placed throughout the village public area, and the number of people allowed in spaces such as the Jungle Shop have been reduced to avoid crowding.

The cleaning policies of workers preparing and maintaining accommodations and public space are held to a high standard, and are very thorough.

Travel to nearby villages is allowed, though communication with an appointed person in the community is required so that actions can be taken to ensure the safety of guests and the entire community. This includes the beach, restaurants, ATM, shops, etc.

Costa Rica Status and Entry Requirements

This information is current at the time of writing, and will be regularly updated as policies and requirements from the Government of Costa Rica are amended.

Currently, tourism into Costa Rica is allowed via air travel only, for those coming from authorized countries and locations (see below section for complete list, regularly updated). Travelers must have spent the 14 days prior to departure to Costa Rica within an allowed country. 

The requirements tourists must meet to enter Costa Rica are:

    • Fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr.
    • RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.
    • Passengers coming from the U.S.A. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the 12 authorized states.  This requirement excludes children traveling with their family.
    • Traveler’s Medical Insurance  international or purchased in Costa Rica through the National Insurance Institute (INS – Instituto Nacional de Seguros) www.grupoins.com/seguroparaviajeros, or Sagicor www.sagicor.cr/seguro_para_turistas/­.

    For international insurance policies, tourists must request a certification from their insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying at least the following three conditions:

    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
    • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses issued as a result of the pandemic.

Local beaches are currently open from 5am to 230pm

Driving restrictions are in place, though rental cars are exempt.

The Guanacaste province (where PachaMama is located) is currently in a Yellow Alert (lower level) classification

The Tico Times is an English-language news source in Costa Rica which publishes government announcements as they are made, as well as other articles relevant to the current status of the Coronavirus in the country.

Rebooking Policy

Any arrivals which must be canceled due to Coronavirus-related travel restrictions will be moved to an account credit which may be used within 24 months, without any cancelation penalty.

Allowed Countries

This is the list currently in effect:

  • THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCHENGEN ZONE, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM: for flights from the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom; for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom.
  • CANADA: for flights from Canada; for citizens and residents of Canada and for citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Zone, and the United Kingdom in transit.
  • SOUTH AMERICA: for flights from Uruguay; for citizens and residents of Uruguay.
  • ASIA: for flights from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China; for citizens and residents of Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China.
  • OCEANIA: for flights from Australia and New Zealand; for citizens and residents of Australia and New Zealand.
  • THE US:
    • As of September 1: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, or Virginia (and Washington, D.C.)
    • As of September 15: Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island.
    • As of October 1: California.

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