Ready to meet again! Costa Rica is ready to welcome tourists on August 1st. What are the New Entry Requirements?

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(July 24, 2020)-Costa Rica would reopen its borders to foreign tourists after four and a half months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting August 1st, commercial flights will resume operations at both of Costa Rica’s main international airports, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The reactivation of Costa Rica’s tourism will begin with the entry of tourists from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada, announced Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura. Visitors from the Schengen Area are also welcome.
In 2019, Costa Rica welcomed 3.1 million foreign visitors. More than 1.3 million tourists came from the United States, nearly 235,000 from Canada, and more than 500,000 people arrived from Europe.

Due to the surging cases of coronavirus in the United States, Costa Rica has not yet authorized commercial flights from the North American country. Only countries with controlled spread of the virus will be added into the list as the situation progresses.

Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has 13,129 confirmed cases; 3,448 people have recovered so far, and there have been 81 deaths as of Friday, July 24th, 2020.
See daily statistics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Travelers must complete an epidemiological survey
• Present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test within the 48 hours before traveling to Costa Rica
• Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay
• Tourists must follow all airport and local health protocols.
• Face coverings or face shields in all indoor circumstances. The only exceptions are at restaurants and all open-air tourism activities.


Aeris Holding, the SJO terminal’s management company, released a video informing about the sanitary protocols to enter or leave the country.

AIRPORT PROTOCOLS
• Mandatory use of face masks or face shields
• Social distancing. Markers will encourage proper distancing in all areas
• Thermal scans upon arrival. At least five cameras will take the temperature of the visitors on their way to the immigration area.
• Passengers must complete Epidemiological form
• Disinfected carpets installed at the entrances and sanitized every 3 hours
• Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available to all travelers at ticket counters, immigration checkpoints and other parts of the airport
• Clear barriers will separate passengers from the ticket counters, customs, and payment points.
• Cleaning will be reinforced in the terminal, as well as in common areas.
• Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter the airport
• Boarding will be conducted in small groups, from the back of the plane to the front.

OPERATION OF TOURS
The tour operations with outdoor activities will be enabled, including hiking, trekking, canopy, cable cars, rafting, water recreation, and air recreation, all under strict compliance with sanitary protocols.
Beaches located in Yellow Alert areas will be open from 5:00 am to 2:30 pm. Daytime driving is permitted from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
All regions under a Yellow Alert remain in “Phase 3,” which allows for most commercial businesses and hotels to operate at 50% capacity.
Bars and nightclubs must remain closed. Phase 4 will see extended hours and capacity limits. For more details about 4 phase reopening click here

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For an updated list of areas under Yellow and Orange Alert due to COVID-19 Click Here

FLIGHT OPERATIONS
The first flights to arrive at the SJO airport in San Jose on August 2nd and 3rd are from Frankfurt, Germany, and Madrid, Spain.
Air Canada confirmed starting flights between Toronto (YYZ) and San Jose on September 12th.
Here is the latest information for flights to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Click Here

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Costa Rica received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) due to the implementation of 16 sanitary protocols for tourism activities.
The specially designed stamp allows travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols for travelers to experience ‘Safe Travels’.

TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all other diseases such as flu, colds, etc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all persons follow respiratory hygiene etiquette measures, including:

• Stay home and avoid travel when you are sick
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean your hands
• Always wear socks when traveling, so if you need to remove your footwear for TSA screening you are not barefoot
• Place items from your pockets inside your carry-on bag before arriving at the TSA screening checkpoint to reduce your contact with surfaces and screening bins

VACATION PLANNING FOR 2021
Travelers nowadays are seeking more flexible policies to embark themselves into a new way of traveling during COVID-19. Great pricing and the possibility of shifting travel plans without penalties is what people are searching for to get their longed vacation.
Costa Rica Dream Adventures (CRDA) understands that it’s no longer easy to decide on the best destination, While travel restrictions begin to ease, seeking new adventures that reconnect you with nature will be among the top vacation ideas among travelers.

Anticipating a dream vacation today could be highly beneficial. Planning a trip to Costa Rica is a short 3 to 5-hour flight from the U.S.
CRDA, U.S. based Tour Operator that sells exclusively custom Costa Rica vacations, is offering NO CHANGE FEES on all their travel packages. Travelers can change their travel dates up to 30 days before departure.
Payment plans have also changed! Clients will have the option of submitting a deposit and pay the final balance due 35 days before departure. Monthly installment payment plans are also available.

All Costa Rica Dream Adventures Vacation Packages are fully customizable, and 2021 rates are now available for future travel plans. CRDA has a second office in San Jose, Costa Rica that offers 24/7 in-country travel assistance. Travelers can feel safe knowing that there will always be someone to reach out for in-country travel assistance.
Without a doubt, Costa Rica is a great destination to visit after the crisis. Find balance, reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, Costa Rica will welcome you with open arms and the warmth and kindness of our people.

 

We’re ready when you are!

 

What to expect during your visit to Costa Rica? New travel entry requirements and airport protocols.

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While in other parts of the world the coronavirus pandemic has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands, the Costa Rica government approach to the crisis may be paying off. Several renowned magazines have highlighted Costa Rica as a destination to consider once the Coronavirus crisis is over.
Health Minister, Daniel Salas, announced on June 26th, 2020 that the Central American country will open its borders to foreign tourists on August 1, 2020. Both international airports will resume operations, Juan Santamaría International Airport, near San José, and Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The country will allow tourists from countries that have “controlled transmission” of coronavirus, said Minister Salas. As of today June 30th, the list of countries has not yet been decided.
“We will announce that with more detail in an appropriate moment. It will go hand-in-hand with what other countries, such as European ones, are managing”, stated Mr. Salas
In 2019, Costa Rica welcomed 3.1 million foreign visitors. More than 1.3 million tourists came from the United States, nearly 235,000 from Canada, and more than 500,000 people arrived from Europe.

NEW REQUIREMENTS
• Wearing face masks in public places (mandatory since June 27th )
• Travelers are expected to wear a mask on their flight and in the airport
• Thermal scans upon arrival and symptom checks
• Health declaration card to fill out prior to their trip

AIRPORT PROTOCOLS
• Everyone who enters the airport will be obligated to wear a face mask
• Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter the airport, and they must pass a temperature check at the entrance.
• Disinfecting carpets will be installed at the airport entrances.
• Clear barriers will separate passengers from the ticket counters.
• Boarding will be conducted in small groups, from the back of the plane to the front.
• Markers will encourage proper distancing in all areas where agglomerations typically form, including at security and baggage claim.

ACTIVE CASES

Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has 3,130 confirmed cases. 1,366 people have recovered so far, and there have been 15 deaths as of June 29th, 2020. See daily statistics. About half of the coronavirus cases are in the province of San José.

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Click on image for updated COVID-19 chart progression

Since May 1st, the country started to reopen its economy and lifting some COVID-19 restrictions as the number of active infections declined for more than 11 consecutive days.
On May 11th, the country defined the reopening measures by laying out a 4-phase plan that will be carried out between May and August.

Phase 1 (May 16 to May 31)
• National Parks at 50% capacity with previous purchase of tickets online.
• Beaches can open from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. during the week.
• Non-contact sports are fully permitted,
• Hotels of maximum 20 rooms can open at 50% capacity.
• Driving curfew also extended to 10 p.m. on weekdays

Phase 2 (June 1 to June 20)
• All hotels at 50% capacity.
• Restaurants, including on weekends, at 50% capacity.
• Museums at 50% capacity. (Prior ticket purchase is required.)
• Event halls with a maximum of 30 people or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller.
• Gyms and swim schools at 50% capacity (was previously 25%).
• Art academies without physical contact

Phase 3 (June 21 to July 11)
• Stores can open on weekends at 50% capacity
• Cinemas, theaters, and museums open during weekends at 50% capacity
• Places of worship may reopen with a maximum of 75 people.
• Bars may open Monday to Friday at 50% capacity.
• Sporting centers without physical contact may operate at 50% capacity

Phase 4 (July 12 to August 1)
• Places of worship capacity to a maximum of 100 people.
• Beach access hours will be extended

For more details about 4 phase reopening click here

TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all other communicable diseases such as flu, colds, etc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all persons follow respiratory hygiene etiquette measures, including:
– Stay home and avoid travel when you are sick
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
– If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean your hands
– Always wear socks when traveling, so if you need to remove your footwear for TSA screening you are not barefoot
– Place items from your pockets inside your carry-on bag before arriving at the TSA screening checkpoint to reduce your contact with surfaces and screening bins

FLIGHT OPERATIONS

Some of the major airline carriers have announced limited flights to the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is the latest information for flights to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Click Here

Delta Airlines will resume operations from Atlanta on August 1st
United Airlines is continuing its Houston/SJO on August 1st
American Airlines will resume operations from Miami on August 5th
JetBlue will resume operations from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale on August 1st
Spirit Airlines will resume operations from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale on August 1st
Southwest has suspended flights to Costa Rica until 2021.
Air Canada will resume operations in September

BEST TRAVEL DESTINATION

As of today, and due to the low number of cases and fatalities, Costa Rica is positioning as one of the safest countries in the world to visit after the crisis. Multiple renowned international media such as Lonely Planet, The Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Matador Network, Canadian Traveler, Profession Voyages, Forbes, among others, have highlighted Costa Rica as a destination to consider once the Coronavirus crisis is over.
María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica stated: ‘Costa Rica has earned a decades-long reputation in the world as a favorite tourist destination, and this reputation must be taken care of as we plan how to reactivate our tourism sector to get it out of this unprecedented crisis’.
Costa Rica is the world leader in nature tourism and the second in adventure tourism, according to the World Economic Forum.

VACATION PLANNING FOR 2021?

Travelers nowadays are seeking for flexible travel policies in the occurrence of a possible second wave of COVID-19. They do not want to be penalized for a possible cancelation and at the same time want to take advantage of the lowest rates airlines and hotels are offering.

Even though the amount of tourism for 2020 is uncertain, the travel industry is optimistic for travel to resume in 2021 or even before during the holidays.

Costa Rica Dream Adventures (CRDA) understands that for travelers, it is no longer easy to decide on their next vacation, but today anticipating a dream trip could be highly beneficial. A 3 to 5-hour flight from the U.S. can take anxious vacationers to paradise and reconnect with nature, after months of uncertainty and stress.

The U.S. based Tour Operator that sells exclusively Costa Rica custom vacations, is offering NO CHANGE FEES on all their travel packages. Travelers can change their travel dates up to 30 days before departure.
Payment plans have also changed. Clients will have the option of submitting a deposit and pay the final balance due 35 days before departure. Monthly installment payment plans are also available.

All Costa Rica Dream Adventures Vacation Packages are fully customizable and 2021 rates are now available for future travel plans. CRDA has a second office in San Jose, Costa Rica that offers 24/7 in-country travel assistance. Travelers can feel safe to know there will be always someone to reach out for assistance.

Without a doubt, Costa Rica is a great destination to visit after the crisis. Find balance, reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, Costa Rica will welcome you with open arms and the warmth and kindness of our people.

We’re ready when you are!

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How to change your booked air ticket online

Most major airlines are waiving their cancelation and change penalties fees amid coronavirus uncertainty. This allows travelers to keep a nonrefundable ticket with validation of a year to rebook later, regardless of when they bought the ticket. Customers can also change destinations but would have to pay a difference in fares.
These waivers cover passengers who purchased tickets through May 31, two months longer than previous plans. Southwest is the only airline that never charges customers a fee to change or cancel their flight.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR AIR TICKET ONLINE?
If you have bought tickets for spring break vacation or recently purchase tickets early this year, here are some details on how to cancel or modify your issued air tickets online.

DELTA AIRLINES

Modify Flight
• To change your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on “Modify Flight”.
• Choose “Start Flight Change” and select which flight you would like to change to search for a new flight.
• The change fee will display initially, however, once you select your new itinerary the change fee will be waived prior to checkout.
• Note, the change fee will be waived, however, a difference in fare may apply.

Cancel Your Flight
You may cancel your flight and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original issue date. The change fee will be waived; however fare difference will apply for new travel dates and will be collected at the time of booking the new ticket.
• Visit My Trips on delta.com
• Click on “Modify Flight” select your new dates
• Choose “Start Flight Cancelation”

Conditions & Restrictions
• Delta is waiving all change fees for travel impacted by coronavirus. This applies to all U.S. domestic and international travel departing in March or April 2020, international flights departing in May 2020, as well as all tickets purchased in March 2020. 
• You can move your travel dates and even select a new destination.
• You can cancel and/or change travel by December 31, 2020, or your ticket expiration date.
• Your unused ticket will be applied toward your new flight, and in some instances, a fare difference will apply.
• If the new fare is lower, you will receive an eCredit for the difference. If the new fare is higher, the difference will be collected.
• Even if you’re not able to reach Delta before your departure  and  don’t take your flight, all changes will be processed, and your ticket number automatically becomes an unused  eCredit within 24 hours.

AMERICAN AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
Here’s how: click on Find your trip
If your trip is eligible, you’ll see ‘Change trip’ or ‘Cancel trip’ in the top toolbar
To select new dates, click on ‘Yes, I want to change this flight’

Call to rebook
After you cancel your trip online, please call Reservations when you’re ready to rebook.
You’ll need:
• Your ticket number (American tickets have a 13-digit number that begins with ’001’)
• Your 6-character confirmation (also called a ‘Record Locator’)
Contact Reservations

Conditions & Restrictions
No change fee if you bought your ticket before March 1, 2020.
The change fee is waived if you:
• Booked an American Airlines flight
• Bought your ticket on or before March 1, 2020
• Are scheduled to travel March 1 – May 31, 2020
• Can travel March 1 – December 31, 2020 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier. Keep in mind, you may owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip.

Change your trip or cancel and rebook later. You’re allowed to make changes to your trip once. You can change it now or cancel and rebook later.
Keep in mind: Travel must start by December 31, 2020 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier. The change fee will be waived but you may still owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip.

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UNITED AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
Visit My Trips
Select ‘Change flight’ or ‘Cancel flight’
If modifying dates, select ‘Edit’ and choose your new travel dates

Conditions & Restrictions
• All change fees waived for tickets issued on or before March 2, 2020.
• New tickets must be reissued on/before December 31, 2020 or 12 months from original ticket date, whichever is earlier.
• Rebooked travel must commence within 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
• For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.

ALASKA AIRLINES

Modify or Cancel Flight
• Visit ‘Manage trip
• Input your last name and confirmation code
• Select ‘Change’ or ‘Cancel’
• Select passengers and click on ‘make changes to this trip’ or ‘use the value of this trip to purchase a new trip’

Conditions & Restrictions
• No change or cancellation fees for tickets purchased before February 26, 2020. New tickets purchased between February 27 and March 31, 2020
• If you used miles to purchase your ticket, for travel in March, we’ll re-deposit the miles in your Mileage Plan account. If you used a companion certificate, for travel in March, companion certificate will be reissued for future travel.

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus. Read more

JETBLUE

Modify or Cancel Flight
• Visit ‘My Trips’ and click on ‘Manage trip
• Input your last name and confirmation code
• Select ‘Change flight’ or ‘Cancel flight’
• Select passengers and click on ‘make changes to this trip’ or ‘use the value of this trip to purchase a new trip’

Conditions & Restrictions
• Flexible travel policy for tickets purchased on or before February 26, 2020. Original Travel Dates: March 9, 2020 – May 31, 2020. New Travel Dates: March 9, 2020 – February 28, 2021.
• Flexible travel policy for tickets purchased between February 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020. Original Travel Dates: February 27, 2020 – February 28, 2021. New Travel Dates: February 27, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

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Delta Airlines aircraft fogging enhances

TAKE THESE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF WHILE TRAVELING

Are you still considering continuing with your travel plans? If the answer is YES, you should be aware of the new airline’s procedures against coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow the recommendations of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay healthy while traveling.

AT THE AIRPORT

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Wash your hands after using the restroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Try to avoid using the touch-screen kiosk at the airport. Use your flight app on your phone to check-in.
• Delta offers an International Biometric Boarding based on a photo and facial recognition. No fingerprint scan necessary.
• Take disinfectant wipes (EPA approved) to wipe down common surfaces inside our airport terminals.
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Airlines are deploying hand sanitizer to all boarding gates.

DURING YOUR FLIGHT

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom.
• Ensure regular disinfection of your seat, seatback pockets, armrests, tray table, and in-flight entertainment system. Use disinfectant wipes (EPA approved).
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Request refills of drinks in a new cup.
• Travelers may now see flight attendants wearing gloves during food and beverage service and pick-up in all cabins.
• Major airlines aircrafts are equipped with high-efficiency HEPA air filters that capture 99.9% of particles (bacteria, fungi, and larger viruses or virus clumps) 0.1–0.3 micrometers in diameter. The recirculated air passes through a series of filters 20–30 times per hour.
• Airlines are implementing sanitation procedures of their tableware, dishes, cutlery, and glassware.
• Fogging procedures in aircrafts that disinfect surface areas and are highly effective against many communicable diseases, including coronaviruses.
• Onboard amenities kits provided by airlines which contain hand cleansers and cleansing towelettes.

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High efficiency particulate air filters

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

AFTER LANDING

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content is a good secondary option.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Visit CDC for information about travel and coronavirus

List of cleaning products that combat coronavirus

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says coronavirus can be spread mainly from person-to-person. It also says that it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

To disinfect, CDC recommends using most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions and alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has compiled a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used during the COVID-19 outbreak.

HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: use detergent, wipes or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Consider staying at home and away from crowds if you or a family member are an older adult or have underlying health issues

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LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS

Here is a list of some of the products:
Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes
Clorox® Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2
Clorox 4 In One Disinfecting Spray
Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover
Clorox Scentiva Bathroom Disinfecting Foam Cleaner
Lysol® Disinfectant Spray
Lysol® Disinfectant Spray Max Cover Mist
Lysol® Multi-Surface Cleaner Pourable
Lysol® Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide
Lysol® Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach
Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner
Lysol® Power Foam Bathroom Cleaner
Lysol® Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Lysol® Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach
Lysol® IC Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner
Professional Lysol® Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner
Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes
PURELL Foodservice Surface Sanitizer
PURELL Healthcare Surface Disinfectant
PURELL Multi Surface Disinfectant
PURELL Food Processing Surface Sanitizer
Sani-Prime Germicidal Disposable Wipe
Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray
Peak Disinfectant Wipes
Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner
3M Quat Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate
Symplicity Sanibet Multi-Range Sanitizer

For the full list of EPA approved products click here

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SHOULD I POSTPONE MY VACATION?

With spring break and summer vacation around the corner, travelers are starting to feel concerned about booking their next vacation.
Every day new developments related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are emerging causing uncertainty among travelers. People are starting to evaluate their travel plans around the big question “Will I be safe?”

Travel agents have become the new spokespersons of this new disease by educating clients about the coronavirus and the relatively small risk of traveling abroad where there are no travel restrictions.
“Travelers are concern about going through mayor airports or just the fact of being in a plane surrounded with hundreds of people. Our job as travel agents is to keep our clients inform and use trustworthy resources in order for us to stay up to date with the developing news of this new virus”, said Arthur Salus, CEO of Costa Rica Dream Adventures and Duluth Travel that primarily books government, corporate and leisure travel.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. “Before making the decision of canceling an upcoming vacation, we recommend travelers to wait to see how things will turn out”, Mr. Salus said.
Salus is encouraging those who are booking travel now to consider purchasing travel insurance. “The cancel-for-any-reason insurance policy could help travelers manage the uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak”, he said.

RISK ASSESSMENT LEVEL

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COVID-19 risk assessment by country (CDC)

CDC has advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and most of Europe. These travel notices are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area.

A list of destinations with travel notices is available HERE

Widespread sustained (ongoing) spread and restrictions on entry to the United States: CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations. Entry of foreign nationals from these destinations has been suspended: China, Iran and most of Europe (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Widespread sustained (ongoing) spread: CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the following destinations: South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Sustained (ongoing) community spread: CDC recommends that older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to the following destinations: Global Outbreak Notice (Level 2 Travel Health Notice).

For more information: Exposure Risk During Travel

DO I GET A REFUND IF I CANCEL MY TRIP?

Each company establishes its own refund policies. Some companies may base their policies on CDC’s travel health notices.
Many airlines are offering waivers that allow people to change their flight without having to pay the usual penalty.

If you are traveling to a destination where there are no travel restrictions, be aware that tour operators may not be accepting cancelations and instead are waiving their change fees for future travel plans.
In this case, each situation is analyzed case by case depending on the travel dates. Most tour operators are offering a credit to book your vacation within 6 to 12 months. If there is an increase in pricing, you may have to pay the difference.

Costa Rica Dream Adventures is changing its policies and offering a flexible travel plan for new reservations. The ‘Book Now, Travel Later’ program offers NO penalties on NEW vacation packages reservations made before April 30th, 2020.

The Director of Sales of Costa Rica Dream Adventures, D’jibia Joseph, is recommending future travelers to keep in mind of the peak season. “Customers want to keep their travel plans and still visit Costa Rica later in the year. We highly recommend being aware of the peak season like the holidays. Prices will be higher, and we may face availability issues”, said Ms. Joseph.

Hoping the situation gets better within two or three months, she is suggesting travelers of taking advantage of today’s travel deals and flexible policies to secure their space ahead of time.

AIRLINES WAIVING FEES

The following U.S. airlines have waived their cancellation fees.

United Airlines all change fees waived for tickets issued on or before March 2, 2020. New tickets must be reissued on/before December 31, 2020 or 12 months from original ticket date, whichever is earlier. Rebooked travel must commence within 12 months from the original ticket issue date. For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. See terms and conditions

American Airlines No change fee if you bought your ticket before March 1, 2020. Are scheduled to travel March 1 – May 31, 2020. Can travel March 1 – December 31, 2020 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier. Keep in mind, you may owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip. other terms apply

Alaska Airlines no change or cancellation fees for tickets purchased before February 26, 2020. New tickets purchased between February 27 and March 31, 2020. Read more

JetBlue customers with existing bookings now have additional flexibility. Due to continued concerns about the coronavirus, all change/cancel fees will be waive for customers traveling March 10, 2020 through April 30, 2020.Customers may rebook their flights for travel through October 24, 2020. Original travel must have been booked on or before March 10, 2020. Fare difference may apply. For cancellations, funds will be issued as a JetBlue Travel Bank Credit, valid for one year from date of issuance. JetBlue temporary policy

Delta Air Lines waiving all change fees for travel impacted by coronavirus. This applies to all U.S. domestic and international travel departing in March or April 2020, international flights departing in May 2020, as well as all tickets purchased in March 2020. You can move your travel dates and even select a new destination. You can cancel and/or change travel by December 31, 2020, or your ticket expiration date. Your unused ticket will be applied toward your new flight, and in some instances, a fare difference will apply. If the new fare is lower, you will receive an eCredit for the difference. If the new fare is higher, the difference will be collected. Even if you’re not able to reach Delta before your departure and don’t take your flight, all changes will be processed, and your ticket number automatically becomes an unused eCredit within 24 hours. Read details

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WHAT TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERS FOR CORONAVIRUS?

Travelers who are still planning or recently booked their future vacation should consider getting the Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance benefit. This benefit gives the traveler freedom to cancel a trip any reason whatsoever (generally 2 days or more before the scheduled departure date) and is reimbursed for a 75% percent of their nonrefundable, prepaid trip costs.
Cancel For Any Reason is time-sensitive and must be purchased within 15 days of the date of the initial deposit for the trip. Though it’s more expensive, this option could help travelers protect their financial investment in a trip due to the unpredictability of the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s important to remember that standard travel insurance does not cover travelers who decide not to travel because of the outbreak.
Since this is an unexpected situation be aware that travel insurance may be adjusting their policies due to this coronavirus. Make sure to review the new updated policies.

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HOTELS & VACATION RENTALS

If you made a refundable reservation directly with the hotel, you can get a refund. Largest hotel chains are waiving cancellation fees for travelers going or coming from affected areas listed by the CDC like China, South Korea, and Italy.
Companies like VRBO are recommending travelers review their cancellation policy and consider adopting a flexible or moderate policy for the time being. The company is accepting cancelations for upcoming reservations in an area affected by travel restrictions.

PREVENTION PRACTICES

If you will be traveling soon, CDC recommends taking the following routine precautions:
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

List of cleaning products that combat coronavirus

For FAQ for travelers about COVID-19 visit CDCs webpage for additional information.

by Joseph DeLoach

As one of Costa Rica’s major ecotourism destinations, Monteverde is a perfect place to witness the natural phenomenon of a cloud forest. These lush forests have suspension bridges, walkways, and ziplines in the canopies of dense trees – and often have low-lying clouds that create an amazing atmosphere of mystery and beauty. And Costa Rica Dream Adventures can get the traveler to this lovely slice of Mother Nature in one of the most pleasant countries on Earth.

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CLOUD FOREST

Monteverde is an area of Costa Rica southwest of the iconic Arenal Volcano, in the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range. Here, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve stands as “the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves”, as National Geographic once said.
This 26,000-acre region is not only a magnificent rainforest with a hazy fog to enhance the surroundings, but it is also home to a diversity of species such as: deer, orchids (the most in the world), primates, migratory birds, felines, wild pigs, and even one species of porcupine. The area most visited is around the park entrance – with six main trails, totaling 13 km, that give easy access to hiking. These gorgeous forests are a wonderful adventure for all ages.

>>>Things to do in Monteverde

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One eye-opening experience for the traveler is the Monteverde Butterfly Garden. This garden is enclosed and filled with 35 species of butterflies that surround the visitor. These four habitats not only have charming butterflies; but also beetles, tarantulas, and praying mantis.
Another garden that will let the traveler see nature up-close and personal is the Hummingbird Garden in Selvatura Park. With 14 different species of hummingbird, and gorgeous floral arrangements, this garden will entice the nature photographer or travelers simply looking to rest in the relaxing ambiance.

>>>Read more about the best hanging bridges in Costa Rica

The small rural town outside of the cloud forests is Santa Elena. The community of this town is concerned with the balance between nature and tourism, maintaining this coexistence while welcoming the traveler. Close to the forests, and with the same namesake as the forests, Monteverde is even smaller and the gateway to the cloud forests.
The cloud forests of Monteverde are fascinating, a destination that will not disappoint the traveler. That’s why Costa Rica Dream Adventures wants to get the traveler to where earth meets the sky – and show them the heart and soul of Costa Rica’s natural allure.

by Joseph DeLoach

Those that visit Costa Rica have a specific expectation of tropical forests, chattering monkeys, and pristine beaches. While the traveler can find these conditions all around the country, Manuel Antonio National Park is the epitome of paradise. This national park, and nearby town of Quepos, has everything the traveler will need to get away from it all – and find the perfect setting for rest and relaxation. Thanks to Costa Rica Dream Adventures, today you’ll learn all about this magnificent example of Costa Rica’s iconic coastline.

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MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

The Manuel Antonio National Park was created in 1972. It lies on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, and receives approximately 150,000 visitors a year. The park is one of Costa Rico’s smallest, at 1687 acres, but is well-known as the jewel of the Pacific with a lush rain forest that grows right up to the high-tide line of each of the beautiful white-sand beaches.
The most famous beach in Manuel Antonio is Playa Espadilla Sur about a half-hour hike from the entrance of the park. This beach is more than picturesque, it is a perfect reflection of the beauty in nature. White sand like power under the foot, blue water so clear the bottom is visible. In fact, the traveler will notice these same aspects about all the beaches in Manuel Antonio.

>>Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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The hiking trails in Manuel Antonio are filled with the wildest of atmospheres. Thick evergreen forests host over 109 species of mammal and 184 species of bird. Chattering capuchin monkeys swing and play through the limbs of the trees, sloths (three-toed and two-toed) meander about in their own leisurely way, dolphins play along the coast, and the occasional migrating whale can be seen on its way to another home. The traveler will enjoy the full spectrum of a nearly untouched natural environment as they walk through this amazing park.

SAILFISH CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

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The nearby town of Quepos, only 7 km from the entrance to Manuel Antonio, is considered the gateway to the park. Even with all the traffic that tourism brings, Quepos remains an authentic and laid-back example of Costa Rican culture. The streets are easy to walk navigate on foot; and the traveler will find local shops, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops along them.
Quepos is also a well-known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”. The sportfishers can also find tuna, marlin, dorado, wahoo, snook, roosterfish, and snapper in the water near Quepos.
Near Quepos are San Juana, Damas Island Estuary, and Nahomi Park. San Juana is a mountain village in the Central Pacific mountains, only an hour from Quepos. Here, the traveler will find a traditional way of life that can toured and tasted.
The Damas Island Estuary, only 15 minutes from Quepos, gives the traveler a chance to boat or kayak on a tour through natural waterways that cut through the area. Monkeys, snakes, sloths, and crocodiles can be seen from this tour. On the southern edge of Quepos, Nahomi Park has an excellent view of the sea and its brilliant colors when the sun sets.

>>>Read more about sportfishing in Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park is more than the traveler could expect from Costa Rica, a paradise that shouldn’t be missed. And, thanks to Costa Rica Dream Adventures, the traveler will be in good hands with such a specialist on tours in Costa Rica.

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Transfers, lodging and excursions included in all our packages. We custom any itinerary to meet the travelers preference, need, want and budget.