Despite ordering the closure of many businesses in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Health has designated hotels as essential businesses. Hotels and their associated restaurant spaces will remain open from May 3rd to 9th.
Also included on the list of exceptions are supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centers, grocery stores, caterers, bakeries, butchers, greengrocers, home delivery, agricultural, veterinary and hygiene supplies, banks, funeral homes, hotels and farmer’s markets.
A nighttime driving ban applies from 9 pm to 5 am. However, rental vehicles and airport transfers are permitted.
In San Jose, the Sportsmens Lodge and the Hotel Castillo will remain open, with restaurant areas operating at 50 percent capacity as they have since November. They will close to the public at 9 pm.
For those planning a vacation to Costa Rica, the recent closure order is unlikely to have much impact. Beaches and other tourists attractions remain open.
Costa Rica remains open worldwide to travelers. Travel to Costa Rica requires an approved travel insurance policy, and completion of an online health form. Return travel to the United States requires a test for COVID-19, which you can receive at your hotel.