Travelling to a Red List Country
want to reassure people that whilst the UK has added Costa Rica to a
red list we closely monitor the COVID situation and have effective covid
safety policies in place and whilst COVID is a risk in any country it’s
not hampering our ability to safely run the programme and not affecting
Whilst the rates have recently increased in
Costa Rica, rates are steadily dropping and their vaccination rate is
being effectively rolled out – they have vaccinated approx. 29% of the
government has taken local initiatives to reduce COVID numbers, such
as maintaining a curfew from 9 PM and closing various establishments that
do not abide by their COVID laws. These initiatives are working. None
of these restrictions stop us from delivering the programme or itinerary
and with a like-minded team of people at the camp, being back in camp
before 9 PM doesn’t affect the ability to socialise in camp either.
Rica has an excellent medical system and there is no risk of a lack of
beds in hospitals, especially in the numerous private hospitals which
would be the hospitals that Leapers use through their travel insurance.
have an effective trace system and no known variants of concern (that
we are aware of). All of which surprises us that the UK government has
made this decision.
The Costa Rica government welcomes UK
travellers who comply with their entry requirements and they are made
very welcome in our project locations by the communities who are so
pleased with the help that Leapers are providing, not just to the
projects we support but also the local economy.
risk, we provide comprehensive COVID safety protocols (risk management)
pre-departure outlined in the placement guidelines, in our briefings
and on the website and during the programme we carry out induction
briefings, provide safety instructions: hygiene/washing etc to comply
with any local laws (social distance, curfews etc).
the programme takes place outside in well-ventilated spaces in a warm
climate, all of which significantly reduce the transmission of COVID.
the six months we have successfully sent volunteers to Costa Rica
we have not had one Leaper become seriously ill or hospitalized due to
To safely and responsibly avoid UK hotel quarantine, we add on 11 nights in an amber country on the way home.
to another country for 11 nights is also safe as it's based on complying
with that country's entry requirement (such as a negative PCR test)
before you can enter. We will continue to run our programmes for those who would like to go and will endeavour to find safe and responsible solutions to get you home.