Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Jose (5 April 2020)

Costa Rica has confirmed of COVID-19 in the country. Commercial flights between the United States and Costa Rica have ceased, but we understand some airlines, including Delta and United, are currently planning to resume operations in early May and are selling tickets for flights. For the latest status of the San Jose airport and a list of all carriers’ plans, please visit the airport site: https://sjoairport.com/reporte-operaciones.

The Embassy is still working to gauge demand for either additional commercial flights or U.S. government-facilitated flights if no commercial flights are available. If you are a U.S. citizen interested in being added to a list for any potential U.S. government-facilitated flight, please submit this online form. If you are unable to complete the online form, please email ACSSanJose@state.gov.

The Department of State is making every effort to assist U.S. citizens overseas who wish to return to the United States. But as the COVID-19 situation develops, our ability to provide such assistance, whether working with commercial airlines or arranging for evacuation flights, may become increasingly limited. If U.S. citizens wish to return to the United States, they should make arrangements to do so now, and contact the Embassy now. Those who choose to remain overseas should be prepared to remain in Costa Rica for the forseeable future.

Costa Rica is placing additional restrictions on vehicular traffic beginning on April 3 and lasting until April 12. From April 3 until April 7, the evening restriction will run from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. From April 4 until April 7, vehicles allowed on the roads during the day (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will be limited by license plate numbers. From April 8 until April 12, a nationwide vehicle restriction will be enforced at all times. Vehicles will be allowed on the roads only for going to the supermarket, pharmacy, or health centers, and again limited by license plate numbers. Public transport will also be restricted. For the full information please see: https://www.ministeriodesalud.go.cr/index.php/centro-de-prensa/noticias/741-noticias-2020/1594-en-el-marco-de-la-semana-santa-gobierno-refuerza-medidas-para-contener-el-contagio-por-el-covid-19.

Only certain essential services and night shift workers are exempt from the restrictions; drivers not complying with the restrictions will be fined. We encourage all U.S. citizens to follow the Government of Costa Rica’s recommendations on staying home as much as possible.

As always, Americans who need assistance can contact us at the numbers or email address below.

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