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COVID-19 LEGAL TASK FORCE COSTA RICA – UPDATE 16

April, 2020

Arias created an interdisciplinary task force with the participation of different practice areas, that is monitoring and informing about measures taken by the Government to mitigate the impact of COVID 19. 

The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica announced new migratory restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19:

EXECUTIVE DECREE NUMBER 42317-MTSS-S: The implementation of protocols and sanitary measures in the workplace by occupational health commissions or departments due to COVID-19.

  • Aims to disseminate protocols issued by the Government an its entities in workplaces, in collaboration with health commissions or departments.
  • Has a mandatory application for all public or private centers and workplaces.
  • States that employers must comply with all legal, regulatory and sanitary measures established by the Ministry of Health, the Executive Power and other entities: health commissions or departments must inform about the protocols established by the authorities and maintain safety and security conditions indicated by the Government.
  • Specifies the obligation to form commissions or departments for risk monitoring, ensure compliance with legal and regulatory provisions, and establish direct communications with workers.
  • Stipulates the employee's obligations: comply with the guidelines, collaborate and participate in training programs, maintain strict surveillance of their health, report any risk of contagion in the workplace, take care of the supplied protective equipment and manage bioinfectious waste.

 

Extension of the border´s closure

  • At the press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, the Government announced the extension of the border closure measure until May 15, 2020. As soon as the relative decree will be published, we will be sending more details about it.

Suspension of the application of the fine for overstay

  • On April 17, 2020, the General Immigration Directorate announced the suspension of the application of the fine for irregular stay, due to the health crisis due to COVID.
  • This is the fine of US $ 100 per month of irregular stay, applicable to tourists staying in the country with an expired tourist visa.
  • The decree with the measure has not been published yet, but it is possible that it will also contain a further extension of the visas of tourists who entered Costa Rica after December 17, 2019, currently extended until May 17. In response to the current crisis, the institution has reconsidered the collection of the fine for irregular stay, given that there are currently strong entry and exit restrictions for foreigners.

At Arias we remain at your disposal in case you need help. Do not hesitate to contact our specialized team at the following emails: Laura.Perez@ariaslaw.com or Cristina.Guerrini@ariaslaw.com

Our task force will be monitoring all the actions and possible legal implications ordered by the Costa Rican Government during this global crisis.

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