New restrictions were announced Wednesday afternoon just in time for Christmas. Luckily the new restrictions do not take place until December 31st, so enjoy the sunsets on the beach while you can.
Local News for Playa Potrero, Surfside and Flamingo
Costa Rica has confirmed 127,012 cases of COVID-19 since March 2, 2020. U.S. citizens from all 50 U.S. States and Washington, D.C. are allowed to enter Costa Rica via flights from the United States or other countries.
This year poverty in Costa Rica increased to 26.2%, the highest in 28 years, with over 420,000 households who do not meet their basic needs.
According to the legal team at Outlier Legal Services, the use of foreign drivers licenses that were due to expire today has been extended.
According to Rafael Valverde at Outlier:
"Considering the uncertainty generated around the driver’s license issue, we reached the Department of Transportation (MOPT) to obtain clarification regarding the driver’s licenses.
We thus received today (dated November 13th) a response from the Vice Minister of Transportation Mr. Eduardo Brenes Mata who under advice by their legal department confirmed that foreign nationals who arrived to Costa Rica between December 17th 2019 and November 30th 2020 will have their driver licenses extended until March 2nd 2021."
Considering that this information was provided by the Vice Minister in charge, there is still a possibilty of being stopped by Transitos who do not yet have this information. Outlier Legal recommends that those affected should print and carry a copy of this 2 page document to present to them in the event you are stopped and questioned.
This information is only relevant to those non-residents driving on a foreign driver's license who arrived in the country after Dec 17th, 2019 and before November 30th 2020.
In a surprise announcement, Costa Rica has removed the requirement for a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival. Both foreigners and Costa Ricans entering the country by air no longer need to have a recent negative test result.
The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced changes to the weekend driving restrictions beginning this coming Saturday.