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.

Maintaining this safe container and the health of the community is reliant upon each person’s awareness and responsibility for themselves, and one another.

The below information will be regularly updated.

Arrival Policy

All who arrive to PachaMama are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test (taken within 72 hours before arrival).

Arrivals to the community who do not have a test will be escorted to their accommodation, and are required to travel to the nearby town of Nosara (a 40 minute taxi ride) to take a test at the clinic.

Entering the PachaMama Community requires that all uphold the below protocols, set both by PachaMama and the government of Costa Rica.

 

Tests from the Nosara clinic are made by appointment only, Monday-Thursday. Tests must be prepaid, and results are delivered via email in no more than 72 hours.
Appointments must be made directly with the clinic via Phone +50686124242 or WhatsApp +50626821212

Protocols

Minimum Stay Policy

The minimum stay for visitors is 14 nights.

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.

*For those arriving from within Costa Rica (not via an outside location), a Covid test is required before entry. These tests are available in San Jose, Liberia, and Nosara, and may take up to 3 days for a result.*

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.

Masks

Masks must be worn in common, public spaces where there is contact with other people, or food.

This includes the Welcome Office, Jungle Shop, Wild Treats, and Verde Restaurant.

In all other spaces, PachaMama encourages responsible interaction.

Social Distancing

Everyone within PachaMama must maintain the safe social distancing policies in line with Costa Rica’s standards (1.8m) whenever possible. In cases that this distance is not possible, a mask is required.

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.

The requirements tourists must meet to enter Costa Rica are:

  • 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 10pm

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.

See here for full details of Costa Rica’s policies for entry.

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

From November 1st, Costa Rica is open to travelers from all countries.

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