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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.

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