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Covid Info

OTS Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated July 2, 2020

The Organization for Tropical Studies is happy to share our response regarding Covid-19 (coronavirus). We regularly monitor the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory and the Ministerio de Salud de Costa Rica (Costa Rica Ministry of Health) websites, among others, for the latest updates on issues of concern.

International travel into Costa Rica is closed to foreign tourists until August 1.  At that time, flights will be allowed only from countries that have the coronavirus spread under control.  The list of countries that will be allowed entry is not yet available.  Protocols for visiting tourists will be announced in July.  In South Africa, the borders remain closed to international travelers for the foreseeable future.  We will update this site when an entry date is announced.

OTS will continue to monitor government websites for changes to travel advisory levels for all countries in which we have operations.

If you have questions, please contact us by email.

Visiting our stations:

The procedures for visiting our Costa Rica stations (i.e. changes in admission procedures, social distancing, food service, required personal protective equipment, etc.) are available online.  Please review this information prior to your arrival.

Guidance for virus prevention:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC and other government health agencies recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Maintain a physical distance between yourself and other people of at least six feet.
  • Stay home except for essential needs.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.