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Do you want to stay up to date on:

  • How our Spanish immersion school evolves and adapts during the coronavirus pandemic?
  • In what way we keep adjusting our Spanish immersion programs in compliance with the coronavirus situation and health restrictions?
  • What is it like studying in Heredia or at the beach right now?

Then keep checking this page regularly!

Samara Beach Campus and the Heredia City Campus are both operating with strict hygiene protocols.

Read more about the requirements etc. below or in the FAQs

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Our schools are open!

As of June, 12th 2022:

The U.S. government announced that it will eliminate the requirement that U.S travelers present a negative COVID-19 test before departure. The measure is lifted for tourists from all countries going to the United States by air.

As of May, 10th 2022:

The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica eliminates the mandatory use of masks in enclosed spaces.

Intercultura respects the national norms and laws established by the Government, so officially the use of masks is not mandatory within the institution. This applies to teaching, administrative, cleaning, and security personnel, as well as to clients and the general public.

Cases in which the use of masks is mandatory within Intercultura's facilities:

  • External or internal client presenting symptoms of flu, cough, runny nose, etc., associated with respiratory infections.
  • If an external client requests to be attended by staff wearing a mask.
  • In the event of a positive internal case of Covid19 and urgent collective safeguarding is required, while another source of infection is ruled out. The period of use will be subject to the process established by the Ministry of Health.

In the end, we respect that it is an individual decision whether to wear or not the mask and, above all, to maintain hand washing and sneezing protocol.

In the event that in the future the Ministry of Health modifies the guideline for the use of masks, we will be communicating the new procedures.

  • All activities and businesses can function at full capacity without requiring proof of vaccination.
  • Tourists will no longer need to fill out the health pass in order to enter the country.
  • Tourists no longer need to provide proof of health insurance to enter the country.

For a return to or through the US:  

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test taken three (3) days before their flight. ** All air passengers ages 2 or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. **  

Both PCR and Antigen tests are available in Costa Rica.  Most results are available within 24 hours. ** Intercultura staff will set up the appointment for students **  Persons receiving a positive COVID-19 test may receive a mandatory quarantine order for 10-14 days, depending on the severity of the infection. Intercultura will assist in setting up food and housing for this period; expenses must be covered by the student and will be reimbursed through their insurance.


U.S. Embassy San Jose (2 December 2021) Travel Alert




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