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Anyone traveled to Costa Rica under the new COVID regulations?

Discussion in 'Central America' started by moorish8idol, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just got a spot on Okeanos Aggressor 1 for 1-11 December, 2020. :)
     
  2. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How much did they charge for the sub?
     
  3. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If I remember correctly,
    $1400 to 600’ depth
    $1800 to 1000’ depth
     
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  4. aquabluegreg

    aquabluegreg Dive Travel Professional

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    Whether traveling to Coast Rica or any other destination that is "open" and there are no requirements for a negative PCR test to enter the country, there may still be a requirement for a negative test before boarding an international flight. Do not assume that because the country borders are open and no test required, that you will not need a negative PCR test to travel.
     
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  5. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    https://www.aggressor.com/pages/special-message#costarica

    That link says “... While COVID-19 test result is not required to enter the country, Cocos National Park regulations require that all international travelers arriving by air and boarding either Okeanos Aggressor yacht present a COVID-19 PCR Swap Test showing a Negative Result that was administered within 7 days (168 hours) prior to boarding....”

    I checked with CVS & QuestDirect, this test would cost $139 & the result will be available in 3 days. So, in theory I should be able to get the result within 7 days prior to boarding.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    United Airlines says it’s not required, but the Cocos National Park regulations require it.
     
  7. moorish8idol

    moorish8idol Nassau Grouper

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    I have also been informed that the Clinica Biblica in San Jose, Costa Rica (a private medical clinic) can do asymptomatic PCR COVID tests for US$120 and they offer emailed results in about 12 hours. Its another option!
     
  8. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That’s good to know as a plan B. I just booked a drive-through PCR swab test via Questdirect scheduled on Nov.25 (6 days before boarding) for $128.30. Don’t want to do it later than that as Nov.26 & 27 are Thanksgiving holidays, here in USA.
     
  9. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A few more things to do before traveling there, based on the following info:
    “...Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica. In the case of international insurance, tourists must request from their insurer a certification issued in English or Spanish, noting: 1) the validity of the policy during the dates of visit to Costa Rica, 2) guarantee of coverage for medicals expenses in cases of COVID-19 related medical treatment in the amount of 50,000 USD and, 3) minimum coverage of 2,000 USD for extended lodging expenses due to COVID-19 related illness...”

    1. I got a letter from my health insurance provider (Aetna) stating that I would be covered for any COVID-19 related medical treatment.
    2. Purchased DiveAssure travel insurance that covers for overseas quarantine lodging.
    3. Plan to fill out the Health Pass form Pase de Salud Costa Rica 48 hours prior to boarding the United flight to SJO.
     
  10. moorish8idol

    moorish8idol Nassau Grouper

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    Let me know if you have any problems at the border with the DiveAssure travel/dive insurance for COVID purposes! I always have that insurance and didnt even realize they might qualify for the required CR insurance. In my part of Canada, we have no alternative options than the relatively expensive INS insurance program and if I could avoid it, that would be great!
     

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