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Former Miss Costa Rica detained at San Jose airport on suspicion of false covid test

UPDATED April 17 QCOSTARICA - Model, television presenter and former Miss Costa Rica 2018, Natalia Carvajal Sánchez, was arrested this Friday, morning, April 16, at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, also known as the San Jose airport, for allegedly using a false covid test to...

47 travelers have tried to leave the country with false covid-19 test results in two weeks

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported on Friday that, in a period of two weeks, 47 travelers have tried to leave Costa Rica, through the Juan Santamaría (San Jose) airport, with false documents that show negative results of covid-19 tests. From February...

97 labs test those who need to leave the country for covid-19 antigens

QCOSTARICA - Need to leave the country and require a test to detect SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes covid-19? The Cámara Costarricense de la Salud CCS - PROMED (Costa Rican Chamber of Health) confirmed that 97 private laboratories are already capable of performing the test...

Ten private laboratories can perform antigen tests to identify coronavirus

QCOSTARICA - As of this Friday, ten private laboratories can perform the antigen test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19. Previously, this test could only be used at the social security level, but this year the conditions changed. In compliance with the provisions...

Guanacaste Resort offers free on-property Covid-19 test for guests traveling to US

Hyatt Hotels announced that all 19 Hyatt resorts in Latin America have arranged for complimentary on-property COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2021, for guests traveling to the U.S. This is valid for the complimentary rapid antigen or RT-PCT testing options up to two registered guests...

U.S. to Require 10 day quarantine for all international travelers

Q TRAVEL - U.S. President Joe Biden signed on Thursday an order mandating, aside from providing a negative Covid -19 test before boarding, all travelers coming from abroad - U.S. citizens and permanent residents include - will have for 10 days upon arrival. The executive...

Health evaluates asking for negative PCR test again to enter the country

QCOSTARICA - The Health Surveillance Directorate of the Ministry of Health is evaluating the possibility of again requiring a negative PCR covid-19 test to travelers who enter Costa Rica. This measure had been eliminated on October 22. The possibility of reinstating the provision was recognized this...

Where to get a Covid test in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA -  With the recent surge of countries requiring a negative PCR Covid-19 test, such as the United States and Canada, the most recent and our neighbor to the north, Nicaragua, we hope this guide helps you locate a testing location best for you. Most...

U.S. to require pre-flight Covid tests for all international travelers

QCOSTARICA - All travelers to the United States will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the new policy Tuesday and said it will go into effect on...

Canada will require a negative COVID-19 test before arrival

Q TRAVEL (CBC.ca) Air passengers entering Canada will soon need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in the country, the federal government announced today. Under the new protocol, travelers must receive a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within a 72-hour...

PAHO urges countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers, insisting that they give a 'false sense of security', and asked not to place them at the center of travel policies. "PAHO does not recommend relying on laboratory...

CCSS will apply rapid tests to detect COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), locally known as the "Caja", will begin using rapid tests to detect COVID-19 starting next week. Its use was approved by the Ministry of Health on September 28, given the increase in infections that were occurring...

Without vaccine, it would take up to 4 years for the Costa Rica to recover pre-pandemic tourism figures

QCOSTARICA - Without a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it would take Costa Rica between 3 and 4 years to recover the tourist arrival rates reported prior to the health emergency. That is the estimate made by the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, who...

Costa Rica gets set to receive all tourists as of November 1

QCOSTARICA -  With two days before Costa Rica opens its borders to tourists from all over the world, on November 1, the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, detailed the measures that the tourism sector will take to receive them. "It will be a gradual and...

Costa Rica only asks for these 2 requirements to enter by air

QCOSTARICA - From this Monday, October 26, Costa Rica eliminated the request for a negative PCR test for coronavirus COVID-19 as a requirement to enter the country by air. This provision applies to foreigners and nationals. To enter Costa Rica by air through the Juan Santamaria...

Roche to launch new COVID-19 antigen test with results in 18 minutes

QCOSTARICA - Roche announced Tuesday that it intends to launch a high-volume Antigen test as an aid in the diagnosis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said the new antigen test will be carried out in machines called...

Open letter to the Minister of Tourism: Time to get serious

QCOSTARICA - OPINION - Dear Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura Sancho, as you have mentioned on various occasions, tourism is the engine that drives Costa Rica's economy. Following your momination to the post on July 8, 2020, you referred to the three key axis in...

Panama Airport announces price of tests to detect COVID-19 in incoming passengers

TODAY PANAMA - Panama's Tocumen International Airport informed this Friday to travelers, nationals, residents and foreigners who enter the country from October 12 who do not have a Swab Test Certificate / PCR or negative antigen, that the cost of performing the test in...

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