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Costa Rica covid-19 information hub

As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis. 

We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.

Most firms contributing to the covid-19 hub are drawn from Latin Lawyer Elite. In those countries not covered by Latin Lawyer Elite, we are working with top firms recommended in the Latin Lawyer 250.

We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.

We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.

28 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP – analysis reveals that the products against the coronavirus produced by the UCR inhibit viruses.

24 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes guidelines for surveillance of the disease covid-19.

23 July

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42485-MOPT-S - reforms the Executive Decrees No. 42253-MOPT-S, 42295-MOPT-S and 42484-MOPT-S regarding vehicle restriction measures as a result of covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP – the opening of commercial flights begins 1 August with limited routes from Europe.

22 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP – announces the letter of exception to vehicle restriction sanitaria will be effective for two months.

21 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for the use of masks at the community level due to covid-19.

20 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 11,534 cases.

18 July

Resolución MS-DM-6197-2020 – establishes sanitary provisions for people in charge of establishments that have operating health permits that serve the public in areas that are listed as a Yellow Alert and are decreed by the National Commission.

Resolución MS-DM-6196-2020 - establishes sanitary provisions for people in charge of establishments that have operating health permits that serve the public in areas that are listed as an Orange Alert, and are decreed by the National Commission.

Resolución MS-DM-6195-2020 – modifies Ministerial Resolution No. MS-DM-4907-2020 by which sanitary provisions addressed to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Council of Public Transportation, the Ministry of Public Security, the 9-1-1 Emergency System and Municipalities, establish the mandatory use of the mask or mask as personal protective equipment.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42483- MOPT-S - reforms the Executive Decree No. 42253-MOPT-S on nighttime vehicle restriction.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42482- MOPT-S – reforms the Executive Decree No. 42295-MOPT-S on daytime vehicle restriction.

Ley Nº 9875 – adds a transitory to article 148 of Law 2 of the code of work, to move holidays to Monday, to promote tourism during the years 2020 to 2024.

17 July

Resolución Nº MS-DM-RM-5091-2020 - Special Investiture for Occupational Health Professionals Public Ministry to issues a health order for covid-19.

Resolución Nº DGT-R-15-2020 - extends filing and cancellation deadlines for various tax obligations.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-543-2020 – the government announces new measures to effectively contain covid-19.

Circular Nº DGA-CIR-016-2020 – establishes restriction on the entry of empty vehicles and the exit of loaded containers with the Panamanian license plate to Costa Rica entering through Paso Canoas Customs.

16 July

Resolución Nº DJUR-99-06-2020-ABM - new measures to strengthen immigration control by covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42475-MAG-MGP - reform procedures to access the migratory regularisation exception regime for agricultural, livestock, agro-export or agro-industrial workers.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-536-2020 - signed law that transfers holidays to encourage tourism.

15 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 8,986 cases.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-6155-2020 – modifies sanitary provisions of establishments with PSF zones under range alert. 

13 July

Comunicado Presidencia establishes expense reduction measures for 457,674 billion colones.

Directriz Nº 092-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN - reforms the guidelines for the operation of state institutions by institutions under orange alert.

12 July

President Alvarado raises a set of actions to face the economic impact of the pandemic.

Resolución MS-DM-5051-2020 - CCSS officials are empowered to make notification of health events and to issue and notify health orders connected to covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42458-MP – establishes temporary restriction of vehicular traffic in orange alert cantons to prevent the spread of covid-19.

11 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures connected to mass gatherings.

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-345-2020 - extension of the term of permanence of land, air or water vehicles.

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-343-2020 - modification of the resolution of entry and exit of vehicles and merchandise for unhooking and coupling of Peñas Blancas and Tablillas.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-6108-2020 – establishes sanitary provisions for temporary closure of establishments of sanitary permit operation customer service from 11 to 19 July 2020.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42456-MOPT-S - establishes reforms on hours of vehicle restriction at night.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42455-MOPT-S - establishes extension of the daytime vehicle restriction measures and modifications to the schedule provisions.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42453-MTSS-MDHIS - reforms Executive Creation Decree Bond Protect resource prioritisation criteria.

10 July

Resolución MS-DM-6105-2020 - provisions establishments PSF Orange Alert from 11 July to 19 July 2020.

8 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP - MEP announces class postponement presentials and strengthening of long distance education.

Resolución Nº 2114-2020-DM - extension of administrative provisions for arms, ammunition, and explosives procedures.

7 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 5486 cases.

6 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 5241 cases.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42439-MOPT-S - reforms daytime vehicle restriction to modify exceptions to move to health establishments.

5 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 4996 cases.

4 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guideline for owners and administrators of work centers by covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 4621 cases.

3 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures for the attention of activities of mass concentration.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 4311 cases.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42438-MOPT-S - reforms nighttime vehicle restrictions’ differentiated time slots and changes exceptions in restriction.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42437-MOPT-S - establishes temporary reform of the time slot of the night vehicle restriction.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-6011-2020 - establishes sanitary measures for temporary closure of all establishments with a sanitary permit operating customer service.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-6007-2020 - establishes temporary closure of establishments with a health permit operating in cantons and districts on orange alert.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-6002-2020 - updates the list of places in which the mask is considered mandatory.

2 July

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines on the use of masks at community level in the framework of covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP - Government of the Republic establishes applicable measures from 3 July and until 13 July 2020.

Resolución N° MS-DM-4990-2020 - extension of sanitary provisions and temporary closure of establishments with sanitary permission in orange alert areas.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica approves transitional measures to the regulation that regulates formalisation of payment agreements for employers and independent workers CCSS.

1 July

Comunicado Presidencia CP – records 294 new cases.

30 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to covid-19 in health services and work centers.

Presidency Statement CP confirms operation in Pavas evidences that community transmission does not exist in the area.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42432-MGP-S - extension of border closing until 1 August 2020.

29 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures for activities of mass concentration from 27 June 2020.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 3269 covid-19 cases.

28 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 3130 covid-19 cases.

27 June

Resolución N° MS-DM-4911-2020 - provides sanitary provisions aimed at persons in charge of establishments with sanitary operating permits that do not advance to phase 3.

Resolución N° MS-DM-4912-2020 – provides exceptions to the temporary closure of all establishments with operating health permits that provide care to the public.

Resolución N° MS-DM-4909-2020 - expansion of the districts and cantons list with orange alert and order of temporary closure of establishments with operating health permit.

Resolución N° MS-DM-4907-2020 - sanitary provisions to establish the mandatory use of face mask as personal protective equipment.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42421-S – special measure for mandatory use of face masks as personal protective equipment.

Resolución N° DND-054-2020 - authorisation to extend appointments of boards of directors and other bodies in civil organisations that expire in 2020 for the term to be extended to 2021.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 2979 covid-19 cases.

26 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures for activities of mass concentration from 27 June 2020.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for use of masks at community level by covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP - government announces new phase of reopenings and updating in alerts.

25 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 2684 covid-19 cases.

24 June

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42417-MOPT-S - reforms executive decree covering night vehicle restrictions in certain cantons by covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 2515 covid-19 cases.

23 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to covid-19 in health services, work centers and masks for community use.

Resolución N° MS-DM-4853-2020 - establishes new sanitary provisions for persons in charge of establishments with sanitary permission to operate with attention to the public orange alert zones by covid-19.

22 June

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42354-MEIC-S-MAG-COMEX - reforms to the executive decree for export licenses of specific products, due to the risk of shortages in the local market due to covid-19.

20 June

Resolución N° MS-DM-4811-2020 - establishes new sanitary provisions for persons in charge of establishments with sanitary permission to operate with attention to the public orange alert zones by covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42409-MOPT-S - reforms executive decree covering night vehicle restrictions due to covid-19.

19 June

Resolución N° MS-DM-4821-2020 - establishes new sanitary provisions aimed at persons in charge of establishments with sanitary permission to operate with attention to the public by covid-19.

Directriz N° 089-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN - reform of the guideline on the operation of state institutions during the national emergency declaration due to covid-19.

Resolución N° MS-DM-RM-2971-2020 - establishes administrative provisions related to procedures for renewal of operating health permits, room certificates, licenses and authorisations.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42408-MOPT-S - reform of the executive decree for daytime vehicle restriction before the state of national emergency due to covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42407-MOPT-S - reform of the executive decree for nighttime vehicle restriction due to covid-19.

18 June

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42405-MGP-S - establishes measures to strengthen immigration control in the country due to the state of national emergency caused by covid-19.

Resolución MS-DM-4786-2020 - establishes new sanitary provisions aimed at persons in charge of establishments with a sanitary permit to operate with attention to the public, to reduce the spread of covid-19.

16 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1796 covid-19 cases.

15 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP allows employers to request an extension of the term of the suspensions of contract.

14 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1715 covid-19 cases.

13 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1662 covid-19 cases.

12 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes national guidelines for surveillance of the coronavirus disease.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1612 covid-19 cases.

11 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for food packers and farms in the agricultural sector in the framework of the alert by covid-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for operating temporary shelters in the event of adverse events due to covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1538 covid-19 cases.

10 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1461 covid-19 cases.

9 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes protocol addressing mental health and psychosocial support at the community level in the context of covid-19.

8 June

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42386-MOPT-S – reforms the Executive Decree on Night Vehicle Restriction.

5 June

Resolución Nº MS-DM-4552-2020 – establishes sanitary measures to regulate the operation of commercial establishments across different cantons.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-4551-2020 – updates the list of districts with temporary closure of all establishments with sanitary operating permits.

Resolución Nº MS-MD-4547-2020 – updates list of rivers with restricted access for navigation.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42384-MOPT-S – reforms the Executive Decree on Night Vehicle Restriction.

4 June

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42383-MOPT-S – reforms the Executive Decree on Night Vehicle Restriction.

3 June

Resolución Nº MS-DM-4513-2020 – establishes temporary closure of all establishments with sanitary operating permits that provide care in Cariari, Peñas Blancas, Cañas y Bebedero and Las Juntas.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42382-MOPT-S – establishes nighttime vehicle restrictions with different time slots in different cantons of the country.

2 June

Comunicado Presidencia CP establishes different restrictions in the northern region of Costa Rica.

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-275-2020 – the Ministry of Health temporarily authorises certain companies to receive cargo in facilities during an emergency declaration.

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-272-2020 – establishes conditions for entry of foreign persons who carry out international land transport of goods.

1 June

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes specific guidelines for carriers, owners and managers of companies that receive goods by land transport.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1084 covid-19 cases.

31 May

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42374-MGP-S - extension of certain immigration measures related to the closing of borders until 30 June 2020.

Directriz 088-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN - modifies Guideline No. 077-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN - Operation of State Institutions during covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1056 covid-19 cases.

Resolución Nº DJUR-0092-05-2020-JM – establishes new regulations to authorise entry into the country for foreign persons under the category of “non-residents” via personal means of transport.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-2933-2020 – establishes restrictions on the entry into national territory of international flights.

Resolución Nº MS-DM-JM-3127-2020 – establishes sanitary measures to regulate the operation of commercial establishments that serve the public.

30 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 1047 covid-19 cases. 

29 May

Resolución MS-DM-4467-2020 – establishes sanitary provisions addressed to persons in charge of establishments with sanitary operating permit from 1 June to 19 June.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of physical spaces during the covid-19 pandemic.

Comunicado Presidencia CP explains that, from 1 June, Costa Rica starts its new phase three of sanitary measures.

28 May

Resolución N° DJUR-082-05-2020-JM – establishes administrative measures for the entry of foreign persons who carry out international land transport of goods.

Resolución Nº DJUR-0083-05-2020-JM – establishes extension of the term of legal stay for foreign persons who entered the country after 15 May under the category of “non-residents” and who are transportation personnel.

27 May

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-254-2020 – customs depositories temporarily authorised to attend the land transit of goods for the duration of the national emergency declaration.

26 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 956 covid-19 cases.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for owners, drivers and users of taxis, S.E.E. TAXI, and Airport Taxis during the covid-19 pandemic.

25 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 951 covid-19 cases.

24 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 930 covid-19 cases.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for the transfer of positive covid-19 patients to home or residence.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for vehicle cleaning and disinfection for owners, administrators and drivers of merchandise transport trucks, physical and sanitary facilities at checkpoint posts due to covid-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes technical guidelines for the prevention and containment of outbreaks of covid-19 in public and private health facilities.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for hospitals, medical offices, clinics, emergency and urgent services, both public and private, concerning covid-19.

23 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 918 covid-19 cases.

22 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 30% of contages in Costa Rica have originated from foreign travel.

Resolución N° DJUR-081-05-2020-JM – establishes new regulations to authorise entry and stay of foreign passengers and goods.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes guidelines for the operation of gyms or spaces for physical activity without physical contact.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes guidelines that permit individual and family sports, exercises and recreation in public spaces.

21 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 903 covid-19 cases.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes national guidelines for covid-19 disease surveillance.

Ministerio de Comercio Exterior establishes Pilot Plan Operation in Peñas Blancas.

Resolución Nº RES-DGA-245-2020 – changes to Resolution RES-DGA-239-2020 concerning the extension of the term of stay in the country for land, air or water vehicles due to covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42353-MGP-H-S – reforms the executive decree called Sanitary Measures on Immigration Matters to prevent the effects of covid-19 from the entry of people from international transport.

20 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP – issued by the Ministry of Culture and Youth provides sectoral health protocol for reactivation of human activities in cultural, artistic and youth sector.

The Minister of Health establishes temporary administrative measures for the attention of activities of mass concentration due to the health alert by covid-19.

19 May

Decreto Legislativo Nº 9847 – authorises the transfer of capital from the National Insurance Institute (INS) in favour of the State for emergency care due to covid-19.

Resolución Nº RCS-128-2020 – establishes considerations on the alternatives and formalities of contracting telecommunications services in the face of the national emergency caused by covid-19.

Minister of Health reaffirms the need for sanitary controls for carriers.   

The Minister of Health establishes general guidelines for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to covid-19 in health services, work centre and use of masks for community use.

The Minister of Health establishes guidelines for using protected wild areas (national parks and reserves) with opening permission.

18 May

Resolución N° DJUR-079-05-2020-JM – establishes new regulations for entry and stay of foreign passengers and goods.

The Minister of Health establishes general guidelines for owners, drivers and users of taxis.

The Minister of Health establishes general guidelines for owners, administrators and users of public transport at national level in the framework of the health alert by covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 866 covid-19 cases.

17 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP establishes a guide about required health protocols that must be applied in productive sectors and other activities that are reopening. It also confirms 863 covid-19 cases.

Guía INTE/DN-MP-S-19:2020 – establishes requirements for the preparation of sectoral protocols for the implementation of health guidelines and other guidelines concerning Covid-19.

16 May

The Minister of Health establishes general guidelines for the construction sector due to the health alert by covid-19.

The Minister of Health establishes specific guidelines for the tourism sector due to covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 853 covid-19 cases.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42349-MOPT-S – reforms the executive decree concerning vehicle restriction in night hours to mitigate the effects of covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42348-MOPT-S –  reforms the executive decree concerning daytime vehicle restriction before the state of national emergency from covid-19 throughout the Costa Rican territory.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42347-MGP-S – extends sanitary measures on migration matters to prevent the effects of covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo 42347 MGP-S – extends sanitary measures on immigration matters to prevent effects of covid-19 until 15 June 2020.

Directriz Nº 086-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN – reforms the guidelines on the operation of state institutions during the national emergency declaration from covid-19.

Directriz Nº 085 MIDEPLAN-MEIC – establishes measures to accelerate the simplification of procedures or requirements that have a favourable impact on citizens and the productive sector.

15 May

Comunicado Presidencia CPconfirms 843 covid-19 cases.

14 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP-350-2020 states that 119 procedures will be simplified by affidavit and confirms 830 covid-19 cases.

Resolución MS-DM-4149-2020 – establishes sanitary provisions aimed at people in charge of establishments that have sanitary operating permits from 16 May to 31 May 2020.

Resolución N° DJUR-0077-05-2020-JM – establishes new temporary administrative measures for the adequate and responsible provision of public services of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners.

13 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP confirms 815 covid-19 cases.

12 May

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for commercial condominiums, condominiums with commercial and residential spaces, residential condominiums.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for owners and administrators of work centres.

Comunicado Presidencia CP – recommends use of masks on public transport, in public spaces and in meetings.

11 May

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42335-MOPT-S – establishes restriction measures for the entry into international territory of international flights during the validity of sanitary measures in immigration matters.

Gobierno de la República establishes schedule of opening activities.

Gobierno de la República allows National Parks to open from 16 May to 31 May.

Gobierno de la República establishes new vehicle restriction measures from 16 May to 31 May.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for commercial condominiums, condominiums with commercial and residential spaces, residential condominiums.

Comunicado Presidencia CP – establishes new restriction measures from 16 May to 31 May.

10 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP – confirms 792 covid-19 cases.         

9 May

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes temporary administrative measures for the care of mass concentration activities.

Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Circular AJ-0844-05-2020 – establishes measures for entry, stay and exit of people who drive means of transport of cargo or goods.

Directriz Nº 083-H-MIDEPLAN – promotes credit under favorable conditions for working capital and investment for individuals and companies affected by covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42336-S – regulates Law No. 9845 called Reform to Art. 160 of Law 5395 General Health Law.

Comunicado Presidencia CP – confirms 780 covid-19 cases.

8 May

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes general guidelines for the attention of transporters (drivers) and their companions that enter through land border posts.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-08 – government announces ₡ 900 billion (US$1.6 billion) in loans to the productive sector for the country's recovery.

7 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP – confirms 765 covid-19 cases.

6 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP – Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes epidemiological guidelines that guide the identification and monitoring of cases.

5 May

Resolución Nº DJUR-0074-04-2020-ABM – extends the term of the measures adopted regarding visas.

Comunicado Presidencia CP – confirms 755 covid-19 cases.

4 May

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica establishes guidelines for sports, individual exercises and individual and family recreation in public spaces enabled to date.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-04 – confirms 742 covid-19 cases.

3 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP-03 – confirms 739 covid-19 cases.

2 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP-02 - confirms 733 covid-19 cases.

1 May

Comunicado Presidencia CP-01 - confirms 725 covid-19 cases.

30 April

Resolución Nº MS-DM-3874-2020 – establishes health provisions for the persons in charge of establishments with a health permit to operate.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42330-MOPT-S – reforms Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42295-MOPT-S, which establishes restriction on movement of vehicles during daytime.

Decreto Legislativo Nº 9844 - authorises automatic extension of the management period for boards of directors and prosecutorial bodies for associations, federations and confederations.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes guidelines for the operation of physical conditioning centres or spaces for physical activity without physical contact.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes general guidelines for beauty salons, aesthetics and barbershops due to the health alert by covid-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes guidelines for sports, individual exercises and recreation in public spaces enabled to date.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes general guidelines for commercial establishments and services with a sanitary operation permit.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica - establishes temporary administrative measures for the care of mass concentration due to health alert by covid-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes general guidelines to reactivate human activities in the midst of covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-30 - confirms 719 covid-19 cases.

29 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42327-MGP-S - extension of sanitary measures on migration issues.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-29 - confirms 713 covid-19 cases.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes general guidelines to reactivate human activities in the middle of covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-28 - confirms 705 covid-19 cases.

27 April

Directriz Nº 082-MP-S – establishes protocols for the reactivation and continuity of the sectors during the state of national emergency by COVID-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica - establishes general guidelines to reactivate human activities in the middle of COVID-19.

MS-DM-3845-2020 Resolución – establishes sanitary measures establishments from 01 to 15 May.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-27 - Government of the Republic announces new measures for the operation of the country.

26 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-26 - confirms 695 covid-19 cases.

25 April

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42323-MEIC - extension of the validity of the SME status before covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42320-MAG-MEIC-COMEX - authorises to import quota of rice in pellets due to shortages in the national market.

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42324-MEIC – establishes temporary suspension of application of article 10 of Executive Decree No. 38884-MEIC.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-25 - confirms 693 covid-19 cases.

24 April

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes national guidelines for disease surveillance covid-19.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes temporary administrative measures for the care of mass concentration due to health alert by covid-19.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-24 - confirms 687 covid-19 cases.

23 April

Resolución Nº DJUR-0069-04-2020-JM – establishes new temporary administrative measures for the adequate provision of public services General Directorate of Migration and Aliens.

Reglamento Nº DGT-R-09-2020 – establishes payment facilities corresponding to Law No. 9830.

Acuerdo Nº AJDIP/0048-2020 - postpones the collection of annual fees for commercial fishing licenses, aquaculture authorisations, transport and marketing of fishery products.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-23 – development of own covid-19 detection tests.

22 April

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42319-MGP – postpones the fine collection date for article 33, subsection 3 of General Law on migration and aliens for irregular stay in the country.

Decreto Legislativo Nº 9840 – establishes measures for the protection of workers during the emergency due to illness covid-19.

Decreto Ejecutivo 42317-MTSS-S - activation of protocols and sanitary measures in the workplace by occupational health offices or departments.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-22 - confirms 681 covid-19 cases.

21 April

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio – establishes guidelines for the prevention, mitigation and continuity of businesses due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-21 - confirms 669 covid-19 cases.

20 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-20 - closing of borders for foreigners remains in force until 15 May 2020.

19 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-19 – establishes protection measures for wildlife.

17 April

Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 42305-MTSS-MDHIS - creates protect bonus as an extraordinary measure for monetary transfer.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes temporary administrative measures for the care of mass concentration activities.

14 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42292-H - modifies articles 10 and 12 of Executive Decree No. 42271-H.

13 April

Directriz N 0003-2020 - temporary suspension of entry into protected wild areas.

12 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42296-MP-S - closure of establishments that do not comply with provisions of the Ministry of Health.

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42295-MOPT-S – establishes restriction on movement of vehicles during daytime.

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42294-MOPT-S - extension of the hourly regulation of the night vehicle restriction.

Directriz N 80-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN - reforms articles 6 and 9 of Directive No. 077-S-MTSS-MIDEPLAN on the functioning of state institutions.

Resolución MS-DM-2658-2020 - temporary closure of all establishments with sanitary operating permits that provide care to the public.

11 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42293-S – reforms article 378 and General Health Law - related to sanctions non-compliance with sanitary measures.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica - provides guidelines in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – establishes temporary administrative measures to prevent mass gatherings, such as concerts, sport events and festivals .

Comunicado Presidencia CP-261-2020 - new restriction measures will apply from April 13 to April 30, 2020.

10 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42291-MEIC-S-COMEX – provides export licenses for specific products.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-10 - confirms 558 covid-19 cases.

9 April

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42288-S - prohibition of sale of medicines containing chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin without a prescription.

Decreto Ejecutivo N° 42290-MTSS-COMEX - creates the National Employment Program (PRONAE) for providing temporary employment subsidy.

Directriz N 079-MP-MEIC – reviews administrative procedures for permits, licenses, authorizations or concessions.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-09 - government launches Protect Bonus for people workers affected by covid-19.

8 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-08 – confirms 502 covid-19 cases.

Decreto Ejecutivo N 22287-MGP-S - extension of sanitary measures in migration matters.

7 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-07 - World Health Organization (WHO) supports global initiative of Costa Rica.

6 April

Comunicado Presidencia CP-06 – support from Republic of China to face covid-19 emergency.

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – provides guidelines in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42286-MTSS-H-MIDEPLAN - suspension of the general increase in the base salary of Central Government workers.

5 April

Resolución N MS-DM-RM-2486-2020 - departure of foreign persons from the national territory by air, sea, land or river.

4 April

Decreto Legislativo n° 9837 – approves capitalisation fund to workers affected with covid-19.  

Ley 9838 Modificación de la Ley 9078 – law establishes vehicle restriction in cases of national emergency.

Ley 9837 Reforma Artículo 378 y adición artículo 378 bis a la Ley General de Salud Nº 5395 – imposes fines for non-compliance.

3 April

Decree N 42284-MOPT-S – establishes daytime vehicle restrictions to mitigate the effects of covid-19.

Decree N 42253-MOPT-S – establishes restriction of vehicles at night to mitigate the effects of covid-19.

Resolución MS-DM 2593-2020 – modification to the resolution concerning the temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF).

Comunicado Presidencia CP-03 - reinforcement of measures to stop contagion of covid-19.

2 April

Resolución DM-RM 0865-2020 - temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF).

Comunicado Presidencia CP-02 - government establishes list of exceptions for the movement of vehicles.

Ministry of Health provides guidelines for surveillance of covid-19.

1 April

Resolución DM-RM 0852-2020 - temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF).

Ministry of Health provides general guidelines for the sale of agricultural, livestock and fisheries products.

Comunicado Presidencia CP-230-2020 – government reinforces measures in the context of Coronavirus health alert (covid-19).

Decreto N 42272 - regulation for the procedure of temporary suspension of employment.

30 March

Comunicado Prensa CP-52 – extension of deadlines for RTBF statements presentation.

29 March

Ministry of Health provides guidelines for monitoring and surveying administrative acts in face of coronavirus health alert.

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42271-H – regulation in tax relief law in response to covid-19.

28 March

Ministry of Health provides temporary administrative measures for mass events due to the health alert by covid-19.

27 March

Lineamientos generales para propietarios y administradores de Centros de Trabajo por Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - general guidelines about covid-19 for owners and administrators of workplaces.

26 March

Cinco centros privados ya cuentan con el aval para realizar prueba covid-19 - five private centers authorised to carry out the covid-19 test.

25 March

Decreto legislativo n.º 9833 aprobación del contrato de préstamo para financiar el programa de apoyo para el fortalecimiento de las finanzas públicas, suscrito entre la República de Costa Rica y la Corporación Andina de Fomento - approval of loan contract to finance the support programme for the strengthening of public finances, signed between the Republic of Costa Rica and the Andean Development Corporation.

DIRECTRIZ N° MTSS-DMT-DR-2-2020 Procedimiento para la autorizacion de la reduccion de jornadas de trabajo ante la declaratoria de emergencia nacional, para el sector privado - procedure for the authorisation of the reduction of working days for the private sector.

Acción exterior de costa rica atiende a 764 nacionales en casi 50 países y territorios afectados en sus planes de viaje por situación internacional - Costa Rica assists 764 nationals in almost 50 countries and territories whose travel plans are affected.

24 March

Situación nacional covid-19 al 24 de Marzo 2020 - Ministry of Health daily update.

Gobierno anuncia medidas laborales en el sector público para combatir el covid-19 - government announces labour measures in the public sector to combat covid-19.

Restricción vehicular en horario nocturno y  sus excepciones para mitigar los efectos del covid-19 - vehicle restrictions at night and exceptions to mitigate the effects of covid-19.

23 March

Gobierno endurece medidas sanitarias para impedir contagio de covid-19 - government tightens sanitary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Ley 9832 Autorización de reducción de jornadas de trabajo ante la declaratoria de emergencia nacional - law for the authorisation of reduced working days due to the declaration of national emergency.

21 March

Ministerio de Salud Medidas administrativas temporales para la atención de actividades de concentración masiva debido a la alerta sanitaria por COVID-19, Versión 12 -temporary administrative measures for mass events due to the health alert by covid-19, version 12.

20 March

Ley de alivio fiscal ante el covid-19 - tax relief law in response to covid-19.

DECRETO 42248-MTSS LEY 9830 - regulation for the procedure of temporary suspension of employment contracts in cases related to subsections a) and b) of article 74 of the labour code.

General guidelines due to covid-19 for home isolation for Costa Rican nationals, residents and diplomats who enter the country, version 2

Lineamientos generales para condominios comerciales, condominios con espacios comerciales y residenciales, condominios residenciales debido a covid-19 - general guidelines for commercial properties, properties with commercial and residential spaces, residential properties due to covid-19, version 1.

Ministerio de Salud Lineamientos Nacionales para la Vigilancia de la enfermedad covid-19, versión 9 - national guidelines for surveillance of covid-19, version 9.

19 March

Lineamientos generales sobre lactancia materna y covid-19, versión 1 - general guidelines on breastfeeding and covid-19, version 1

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Lineamientos generales para propietarios y administradores de Centros de Trabajo por Coronavirus (covid-19) - General guidelines for owners and administrators of workplaces (covid-19).

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Lineamientos para implementar el teletrabajo, en ocasión de la alerta sanitaria por covid-19 - guidelines for implementing remote working, due to the covid-19 health alert.

Ley 9830 alivio fiscal covid-19 - covid-19 tax relief.

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social suspension del contrato de trabajo preguntas y respuestas - suspension of employment contract questions and answers.

Ministerio de Salud Medidas administrativas temporales para la atención de actividades de concentración masiva debido a la alerta sanitaria por covid-19, Versión 9 - temporary administrative measures for mass events due to the health alert by covid-19, version 9.

18 March

Lineamientos generales para la limpieza y desinfección de viviendas que alojen casos en investigación, probables o confirmados de covid-19, versión 2 - general guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting homes with investigated, probable or confirmed cases of covid-19, version 2

Lineamientos de salud mental y apoyo psicosocial en el marco de la alerta sanitaria por covid-19, versión 1 - Mental health and psychosocial support guidelines in the context of the covid-19 health alert.

Ministerio de Salud Medidas administrativas temporales para la atención de actividades de concentración masiva debido a la alerta sanitaria por covid-19, versión 8 -temporary administrative measures for mass events due to the health alert by covid-19, version 8.

16 March

Decreto-Ejecutivo-42227-Emergencia-Nacional - Executive-Decree-42227-National-Emergency.

Gobierno declara estado de Emergencia Nacional, impide llegada de extranjeros y se suspende lecciones en todos los centros educativos del país - government declares a state of National Emergency, prevents the arrival of foreigners and suspends lessons in all educational centers in the country.

13 March

Ministerio de Salud y Ministerio de Educaión Pública Disposiciones preventivas para la suspensión temporal de lecciones en centros educativos públicos y privados debido a la alerta sanitaria por Coronavirus (covid-19) - preventive provisions for the temporary suspension of lessons in public and private educational centers due to the Coronavirus health alert (covid-19).

Ministerio de Salud Lineamientos generales para transportes públicos formales e informales debido a la alerta sanitaria por Coronavirus (covid-19) - general guidelines for formal and informal public transport due to the Coronavirus health alert (covid-19).

12 March

Ministerio de Salud Lineamientos Generales para Embajadas y Consulados en el marco de la Alerta Sanitaria por covid-19 - general guidelines for embassies and consulates within the framework of the covid-19 health alert, version 2.

11 March

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social adición a criterio implicaciones laborales ante la llegada del coronavirus (covid19) a nuestro país y posibles soluciones – additional criteria for the labour implications of the coronavirus (covid19) and possible solutions.

10 March

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social criterio implicaciones laborales ante la llegada del coronavirus (covid19) a nuestro país y posibles soluciones - criteria for the labour implications of the coronavirus (covid19) and possible solutions.

Centralized and Decentralized Public Administration DIRECTRIZ N° 073 - S – MTSS sobre las medidas de atención y coordinación interinstitucional ante la alerta sanitaria por coronavirus – care measures and inter-institutional coordination in face of coronavirus health alert.

27 January 

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Lineamientos generales para propietarios y administradores de Centros de Trabajo por Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), versión 2 - general guidelines for owners and administrators of workplaces, version 2.

24 January

General guidelines for international means of transport, version 2

March 

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Lineamientos para personas trabajadoras con factores de riesgo que ocupan puestos no teletrabajables - guidelines for workers with risk factors in non-remote working positions.

April 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-08 – confirms 502 covid-19 cases. 

 

7 April 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-07 - World Health Organization (WHO) supports global initiative of Costa Rica. 

 

6 April 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-06 – support from Republic of China to face covid-19 emergency. 

Ministerio de Salud Costa Rica – provides guidelines in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

 

4 April 

Decreto Legislativo n° 9837 – approves capitalisation fund to workers affected with covid-19. 

Ley 9838 Modificación de la Ley 9078  law establishes vehicle restriction in cases of national emergency. 

 

3 April 

Decree N 42284-MOPT-S – establishes daytime vehicle restrictions to mitigate the effects of ovid-19. 

Decree N 42253-MOPT-S – establishes restriction of vehicles at night to mitigate the effects of covid-19. 

Resolución MS-DM 2593-2020 – modification to the resolution concerning the temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF). 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-03 - reinforcement of measures to stop contagion of covid-19. 

 

2 April 

Resolución DM-RM 0865-2020 - temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF). 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-02 - government establishes list of exceptions for the movement of vehicles. 

Ministry of Health provides guidelines for surveillance of covid-19. 

 

1 April 

Resolución DM-RM 0852-2020 - temporary closure of establishments that have a sanitary operating permit (PSF). 

Ministry of Health provides general guidelines for the sale of agriculturallivestock and fisheries products. 

Comunicado Presidencia CP-230-2020 – government reinforces measures in the context of Coronavirus health alert (covid-19). 

Decreto N 42272 - regulation for the procedure of temporary suspension of employment. 

 

30 March 

Comunicado Prensa CP-52 – extension of deadlines for RTBF statements presentation. 

 

29 March 

Ministry of Health provides guidelines for monitoring and surveying administrative actin face of coronavirus health alert. 

Decreto Ejecutivo N 42271-H – regulation in tax relief law in response to covid-19. 

 

28 March 

Ministry of Health provides temporary administrative measures for mass events due to the health alert by covid-19. 

 

27 March 

Lineamientos generales para propietarios y administradores de Centros de Trabajo por Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - general guidelines about covid-19 for owners and administrators of workplaces