As a result of the situation caused by COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains protocols for the care of Costa Ricans and makes great efforts to serve almost 800 nationals in 48 countries and territories, seeking to ensure that those who have not yet been able to return to the country, they can do it as soon as possible.
According to preliminary and constantly evolving data from the Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry Directorate of Foreign Affairs, as of March 24, 2020, 764 cases had been identified, of which 388 have successfully resulted in the return of Costa Ricans to the soil national. Another 376 cases continue the proceedings.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations reiterated the call for Costa Ricans to value the trips they have planned and only schedule those that are strictly urgent and necessary.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry recommends that Costa Ricans abroad stay informed about the entry and exit provisions established by local authorities, keep a channel of communication with the nearest Costa Rican Consulate and with their families, and consult with the airlines , train and bus services on the dates when transport services could be resumed. It is recommended to be attentive to the information of tour operators and to verify if they are covered by some type of international travel insurance that covers the costs of the stay in the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that, in addition to direct contact with the Consulates, it has made available the email firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of queries on the situation caused by COVID-19.
Likewise, it reiterates to the nationals that upon their return to the country they must rigorously comply with the health protocols that oblige them to comply with a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Costa Rica’s foreign action is deployed by a single team made up of the Ministry’s headquarters in San José, and a network of 62 Embassies, Missions and Consulates. In total, this network is made up of 339 diplomatic and administrative officials, of whom 191 work in Costa Rica and 148 are posted abroad.