We at CRIE would like to assure all our clients that we remain open for business and we are here for you. We created this resource page that we will maintain and keep updated for your benefit during this time.
If you have any questions, please contact us, and we’d be glad to help.
- What Should I Do?
- Home Delivery Services
- Mandatory Face Mask Requirement
- Borders, Tourists, and Foreign Residents
- What To Do If I Suspect I Have COVID-19?
- Where to Get Up-to-Date Information About COVID-19 in Costa Rica
- What Services Are Available from CRIE?
Please note that all information on this page is subject to change at any time. The situation changes constantly.
What Should I do?
- Stay at home as much as possible if you are elderly or at higher risk due to medical conditions.
- If you go out, take precautions to keep your distance from others (at least 2 meters when possible), avoid crowds, choose outdoor or well-ventilated spaces instead of enclosed ones when possible. Wear a mask or face covering where necessary, and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water when you return. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Eating a good diet, doing physical activity, looking after your mental health can make a big difference in preventing the saturation of medical facilities, whether for COVID-19 or other illnesses. Most COVID-19 hospitalizations are due to co-morbidities that you can significantly improve with a healthy lifestyle.
Help Where You Can
- NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and Causes: A local Costa Rican private bank, BAC Credomatic, maintains a Yo Me Uno website with a list of local NGOs and causes. Learn more about each NGO and cause, donate, see if any operate in your local area, and get in touch to see how you can help. Examples include Lifting Hands, Fundación Lloverá Comida (Food Foundation) and Banco de Alimentos (Food Bank).
- Red Cross (Cruz Roja Costarricense): Many of the first responders of Costa Rica are part of the Red Cross. They receive minimal funding from the central government and need donations to maintain their operations. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, their resources have been stretched thin.
- Banco de Sangre (Blood Bank): Donating blood is a selfless act that can save up to 4 human lives per donation. With hospital rooms and ICU beds filled with patients, the need is greater than ever. Some of the requirements to donate – being between the ages of 18 and 65, being a resident or citizen of CR with up-to-date ID, and weighing at least 52 kg (114 pounds). Please call at 2280-9952 ext.113 for more information and to book an appointment at the blood bank in San José or a local hospital in your area.
- Caja Solidaria (donations): Several supermarkets and stores such as AutoMercado, Mas x Menos and Walmart offer care packages (food, supplies) with necessities given to families who need them most.
Read more about how you should protect yourself and some other commonly asked questions at the World Health Organization’s Q&A on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Home Delivery Services
Fortunately, Costa Rica has a wide range of delivery services available, especially in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San José, such as:
- UberEats, Glovo, Rappi, Hugo (mobile delivery apps): note that these apps also include pharmacies, convenience stores, and other things besides just restaurants. Look for them on your mobile phone’s app store.
- Pricesmart delivery: available through Pricesmart.com or Rappi
- Automercado delivery
- Mas x Menos delivery
- Pharmacy delivery: Sucre En Linea, Fischel En Linea
What To Do If I Suspect To Have COVID-19?
If you have been in close contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19, or you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, stay home and call your health provider for information and instructions.
Where To Get Up-to-Date Information About COVID-19 In Costa Rica
Here are the most authoritative and up-to-date sources of information for the COVID-19 outbreak in Costa Rica:
– Ministerio de Salud (Health Ministry). We suggest following their Facebook page for updates.
– Casa Presidencial (Presidential House). We recommend following their Facebook page for updates.
– Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) (Social Security and Health Care Program). We offer to follow their Facebook page for updates.
Beware of Misinformation! Many of us are passing around misinformation on social media and text messages. It may be well-intentioned, but beware any information without references is suspect and may hurt you and others!
What Services Are Available From CRIE?
Immigration offices in Costa Rica have reopened in a limited capacity, by appointment only. CRIE can assist you in preparing new residency applications. Additionally, there are some services that we can provide at CRIE as of this writing, including:
- Citizenships / Naturalizations
- CCSS registration
- Bank account opening
- Fingerprint appointments
- Criminal record checks from the USA and Canada
- Renewals of most residencies
- Legal services through our network of independent attorneys and public notaries
Please contact us for assistance or more information.