Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update in Costa Rica

Last update: November 17th 2021

Dear Students, Parents, and Volunteers,

All Tico Lingo staff and homestay family community members have now been fully vaccinated. At this time, Tico Lingo is not requiring proof of vaccine for any of its classes, lodging, tours, or activities.

Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline throughout the country as the campaign to give vaccine access to all Costa Rican citizens is proving successful. The health ministry has begun to discuss the potential launch of a covid-19 vaccine mandate, but as yet to provide a finalized plan. Dates and details are said to be announced on November 18th. 

Remember, non-vaccinated tourists entering Costa Rica still need to purchase health insurance (see below for details). If you are vaccinated, you do not need insurance but in order to qualify, tourists must:

  • Have received an approved vaccine: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.
  • The last dose must have been administered at least 14 days before entering Costa Rica.
  • Proof must be demonstrated with a document that includes the person’s full name, date of each dose, formula, and lot number (For U.S. visitors, the Covid-19 vaccination record card meets the requirement.)

We are absolutely still offering Spanish, dance, cooking, and yoga classes as well as cultural and adventure tours through the school. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and common areas and a full time cleaning staff is on site daily to help keep students safe. 

Rules for entry:

Where can I get a Covid-19 Test in Costa Rica?

To reenter the United States as well as other countries, proof of a negative Covid-19 exam is required for entry. Thankfully, Covid-19 tests are now widely available throughout Costa Rica. Tico Lingo has partnered with a local clinic that is walking distance from the school called Laboratorio San José who has tested more than 100 of our students. Tests costs roughly $50. Simply speak with someone at the front desk and we can book you an appointment.

Who can enter Costa Rica?

Since Nov. 1, 2020, Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world and all U.S. States to enter by air, as long as travelers of those countries meet Costa Rica’s visa and COVID-19 entry requirements.

Travel Insurance Tips:

If you are not vaccinated and want to enter Costa Rica you will need to purchase travel insurance to cover you in the event you fall ill.

We recommend an international insurance policy that meets the minimum requirements; minimum $50,000 coverage for medical expenses associated with Covid-19 and $2,000 in accommodation expenses to cover at least 14 days of quarantine. 

Private Insurance Options: 
Trawick International
Insubuy

How Tico Lingo is keeping students safe:

• We have a full-time cleaning-staff to maintain a high level of cleanliness at the school.
• We are limiting our group classes to no more than four students per classroom.
• Hand sanitizer is now available in every classroom.
• We have advised all homestay families to follow these guidelines in their homes and have encouraged them to ask us for help in the case they can’t find or afford additional disinfectants for their homes.

More Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, all of our homestays are not required to be vaccinated to be granted permission to host Tico Lingo students. If you have any doubts about this, don’t hesitate to note this in your homestay preferences form (filled out after registering).

Tico Lingo is not requiring proof of vaccination. This goes for all vaccines and booster shots. 

Don’t panic. Unless it is an absolute emergency, to reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness we are recommending all students stay home even if their symptoms are mild. Tell your homestay family you’re feeling a bit ill, notify Tico Lingo privately on Whatsapp, and stay at your homestay.

If symptoms worsen, notify Tico Lingo immediately. We will contact medical authorities and acquire the best information on how to proceed.
Notify staff at Tico Lingo and we will provide all necessary assistance. The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has a covid-19 hotline number (1322) for non-emergencies. We will call this number to discuss your symptoms, schedule an at-home appointment for a test, or schedule an ambulance to provide transportation to a testing location.
Authorities will issue you an orden sanitaria or a sanitary order which will require you to self quarantine for 14 days. Your program at Tico Lingo will go on pause until you complete the 14 day quarantine. We are giving students two options to complete their quarantine:

Option 1.)
Students can opt to stay with their assigned homestay family. For this option, each student will receive 3 home cooked meals per day and will be given a strict set of rules to follow while living with their family. The cost for the 2-week quarantine is $450 and will be invoiced separately from their Spanish immersion program. This is done so students can claim the expense against their travel insurance.

Option 2.)
Move into a private furnished apartment in Heredia. This option unfortunately does not include meals, but Tico Lingo will provide support with meal delivery as well as grocery delivery. The apartment is equipped with a full kitchen, internet, laundry, full size bed, television, as well as other amenities. The cost for a 2-week quarantine is $800 and, like the homestay option, will be invoiced separately so to aid in reimbursement by the travel insurance.