Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

Last update: September 22, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, and Volunteers,

After a nearly 200 day hiatus due to the covid-19 outbreak, we have officially welcomed our first student back to Tico Lingo! It has been a very long time without students and we couldn’t be more excited to have the life of our student body slowly grow back to what it was back in March of this year.

Below we’ve provided a step-by-step guide for those looking to join us! See information about entering Costa Rica, the safety protocol we are following at Tico Lingo and with our homestay families, the procedure in the event a student falls ill, as well as some FAQ’s we’ve been recieving over the past few weeks.

Who can enter Costa Rica?

Below is a list of every country allowed into Costa Rica and the dates they will be allowed in:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Vatican.
Residents of these U.S. states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Residents of these U.S. states: Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan, and Rhode Island
Residents of the following U.S. states: California

Rules for entry:

Follow these rules for an easy entry into Costa Rica.
  • Have a valid passport from one of the authorized countries and a valid driver's license issued by one of the authorized States (only if traveling from the USA).
  • Obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test. The sample for this test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica. We recommend have a digital and physical copy of the results.
  • Purchase a travel insurance policy that is valid for the entire duration of a visit to Costa Rica. Coverage must include medical expenses in case of COVID-19 while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000, insurance must also include a minimum coverage of $2,000 for extended lodging due to the pandemic.
  • Complete a digital epidemiological form. This is known as the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.” You can access the form online here: https://salud.go.cr/

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.
• We are asking all staff and students to wash or disinfect their hands before and after class.
• 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.
Tico Lingo Student with Mask for Covid-19 protection

Additional Resources

Video Updates from our Program Director

Our Program Director, Chris, has been providing students with semi-frequent updates on the travel restrictions for entering Costa Rica.
Launched: Aug. 19th, 2020
Launched: Aug. 7th, 2020
Launched: Aug. 2nd, 2020

Important Questions:

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.

Additional Resources

Video Updates from our Program Director

Our Program Director, Chris, has been providing students with semi-frequent updates on the travel restrictions for entering Costa Rica.
Launched: Aug. 19th, 2020
Launched: Aug. 7th, 2020
Launched: Aug. 2nd, 2020