Costa Rica Covid situation update and travel info

Costa Rica covid and travel situation update with a sloth (2021)

Is the school open?

Yes! We are open! We're happy to announce that we are open and ready to receive our new students! You can find below more details about how things are working out and we will keep this page updated with new info.

Yes, it is possible to travel to Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica opened for air travel from all countries since on November 1st, 2020.
  • You need to bring travel insurance that will cover in case of covid, with $50.000 for hospital or $2000 for qurantine if needed. This is the official info on requirements.
  • Also, you will need to fill out a form from the health authorities within 48 hours of your trip. Here you will need to put your personal and travel info and upload a statement from your insurance that includes the amounts mentioned above.
  • You can find the form here:

You can check out all the official information from the Costa Rican Tourism Board here.

How is the covid situation in Costa Rica?

Current state of the pandemic in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has one of the lowest death rates worldwide and after a stable few months, the numbers now seem to be going down consistently.

This is mainly due to the extensive public health program we had (historically but also right now there is a lot of investing).

Getting covid tests is easy and you can do this in both our locations in Coronado and Jacó Beach in local labs with results within 24-48 hours.

Also, all business and institutions (including restaurants, bars, supermarkets, national parks, tourist attractions, etc.) are allowed to work following some protocols. Beacuse of this, it is possible and relatively safe to go around and enjoy Costa Rica in general.


You still have to take care! As everywhere else, the pandemic has not finished and we have a couple of restrictions. In Costa Rica we currently can't drive after 10:00 pm or before 5:00 am which makes for quiet nights. You can drive if you have tourism or work reasons. Businesses therefore are closing at 10:00 pm. Yes, this includes bars! But outside of that time, you can basically do everything there is to do in Costa Rica!

And beacause we like to be optimistic: curiously, horses from Coronado (very close to one of our campuses!) might even cure you if you get covid in the future. Get the full news about Clodomiro Picado Institute research here.

What is happening at the school?

  • Academia Tica Spanish School has not closed one day during this whole time 🙂
  • We are following the appropriate protocols to keep our students and staff safe, although this means we have to do some changes from our normal operation.
  • Class sizes will depend also on availability of our space so we can ensure physical distancing.
  • We kindly ask you to wear a mask when on indoor spaces and to please observe physical distancing measures.
  • Some activities are not possible but we'll make sure you still have fun!
  • Two "turns" may be established in the schedule if needed (for example: morning lessons for some groups and afternoon lessons for others).

If you are not ready to travel to Costa Rica yet...

We know it's not easy during this time to decide to travel. We are happy to have you when you are ready! In the meantime, you can check out our Spanish online lessons!

Contact us if you have any questions about traveling to Costa Rica and for a future program to learn Spanish!

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