Surfer making a Shaka sign

Updated on 20.08.2020

Rapturecamps helps to connect travelers all over the world with premium surf camp accommodation and epic waves, so of course, we’ve been monitoring the COVID-19 situation with keen eyes.

As a business operating within the tourism sector, we understand the reality of the situation. Things are probably going to get a bit worse before they get better, but by keeping our heads and some perspective, we can get through this in the same way our parents and grandparents got through numerous other pandemics. Rapturecamps has always thrived, even more so during the most challenging times. This is due to the fact that we have faith in humanity… and because we never underestimate our fellow surfers’ love for epic waves.

If you’re wondering whether this is going to affect our ability to get you the best waves of your life though, your best bet is to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news from the country that you’re planning on visiting.

Keeping you up to date with the latest happenings

The situation is changing all the time, and some countries put bans on activities over a certain number of people that extends to cover surf lessons and surf camps.

For those of you weighing up whether you should go on a surf trip with Rapturecamps during a time of such uncertainty, in this article we will provide you with information regarding:

  • The status of our surf camps
  • What measures we’re putting in place to ensure your safety
  • Our revised cancellation and change of booking policy
Rapturecamps lounge and entrance

Bali
Updated on 9th July 2020

The Governor of Bali announced that the Indonesian island will open its border to international travelers as of September 11, 2020.

Read more about the latest news on Google.

At the moment beaches are still closed, so surfing isn’t allowed. Restaurants are still open but just for certain hours during the day.

People can go outside but are asked to just leave the house if necessary and they have to wear masks and need to respect the social distance of 2 meters.

Read more about the measures of the Indonesian government in relation to Covid-19 on Indonesia Travel.

 

 

View from bungalow in nicaragua with garden

Nicaragua
Updated on 8th May 2020

Airport has opened up and flights are rescheduling for August on the following dates:

  • Aeroméxico August 1;
  • United Airlines August 3,
  • Avianca and Spirit Airlines August 6,
  • American Airlines August 5
  • Copa Airlines August 7.

The measures announced this Tuesday by Civil Aeronautics will be complemented by those announced by the Ministry of Health, which reported that it will ask travelers to try to enter the country a negative Covid-19 test carried out in a period not exceeding 72 hours before Entrance to the country.

Costa Rica Surfcamp Avellanas Pool Unterkunft DE

Costa Rica
Updated on 20th August 2020

Airports opened for EU, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China and Thailand. (Borders to Nicaragua and Panama remain closed).

If you depart from Europe Iberia and Lufthansa offer direct flights from Madrid and Frankfurt.

Costa Rica will welcome tourists from the United States starting in September, Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura announced Wednesday.
U.S. tourists will only be welcomed if they are residents of the following states: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. Passengers must prove their residency in one of those states using their driver’s license.

These are the requirements for entering the country:

1.) Travel Insurance:

international tourists entering the country will be allowed to do so with a travel insurance policy that meets the following requirements:

– [ ] The policy is valid throughout their scheduled visit to Costa Rica.
– [ ] It covers medical expenses in Costa Rica related to COVID-19 of at least $50,000.
– [ ] It includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses related to COVID-19.

Before entering the insurance will be revised by the Tourism Board. The Costa Rica Tourism Board will receive a request from the tourist. That request must include:

1. A signed declaration indicating the policy meets the requirements.
2. Proof from the insurance company indicating the policy covers the tourist(s).

  1. Tourists will receive a response to their request within 24 hours on workdays, or 48 hours on weekends/holidays.
  2. If the policy does not meet the requirements, the tourist will be notified. They will have 24 hours to correct the issue, or they can purchase a plan that has been pre-approved by the General Insurance Superintendency.
  3. If the policy meets requirements and is approved, ICT will send the tourist a QR code that must be shown to Costa Rican immigration authorities at the airport. The relevant documents from Step 1 must also be submitted as part of the digital Health Pass that is required for all travelers.

Important: Tourists have the as well the option to purchase a local insurance once landed. Costs: ~ 3-10$ per day depending on age etc.

2.) Valid negative Covid-19 Test:

The sample for the test must be taken 48 hours (maximum) before the passenger departs for Costa Rica.

3.) Complete the digital epidemiological form called “Pase de Salud.”

(This form is available at ccss.now.sh and may also be at salud.go.cr in the future.)

In case you need some support to interact with a local authority our team can help and assist in getting things done.

Rapturecamps outdoor lounge

Portugal
Updated on 27th June 2020

Here in Portugal businesses are gradually opening, but if going to a shop, restaurant, or going in public transportations, a mask is mandatory by law, or you could get a fine of 350€.

People can go outside for walks but with protection, and still need to respect the social distancing of 2 meters.

On May 4th the ban on surfing has been removed.

The Portuguese government has decided to open the beaches on 6th June, under some restrictions (f.i. it is mandatory to disinfect hands upon arrival at the beach).

Sand Space Usage:

  1. Physical distance of 1.5 meters between people who are not part of the same group;
  2. 3 meters spacing between parasols, awnings or stems;
  3. Sports activities with 2 or more people are forbidden (except nautical activities, surf lessons, and similar sports).

Awnings & tents:

  1. As a rule, each person or group can only rent awnings, parasols or similars in the morning (until 1:30 pm) or afternoon (after 2 pm);
  2. 1,5 m of mandatory space between the boundaries of the tents/awnings;
  3. Maximum of 5 people per awning, thatch, or tent.

Occupation status:

It will be announced through traffic lights.

  1. Green for low occupancy (1/3);
  2. yellow for high occupancy (2/3);
  3. Red for full occupancy (3/3).

The information on the occupancy status will be updated in real-time, namely in the ‘Infopraia’ app (Download from Apple Store or Google Play) and on the website of the Portuguese Environment Agency.

Other important rules:

  1. Possibility of beach interdiction, in case of serious non-compliance with the rules by the concessionaires or by the general public;
  2. A single way of circulation with a physical distance of 1.5 meters;
  3. The use of paddleboats, slides or indoor showers is prohibited;
  4. Parking outside parks and orderly parking areas will be prohibited;

Restrictions have been reimposed in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which includes: the banning of consumption of alcohol in public areas, the closure of terraces or cafes at 8 pm local time, and the limiting of the size of rallies. Limits placed on businesses, gatherings in the Portuguese capital region, police presence increased to enforce measures.

Latest Great News:

We have received the Clean & Safe Certificate from the tourism board of Portugal. We started to receive daily bookings now for the rest of the season, we would love to welcome you soon in Portugal as well.

 

We are doing our best to stay informed of such decisions and pass this information onto you immediately, but we also urge you to do your own research.

A quick Google search or a visit to any one of the many international health organizations with access to vital travel information is a good place to start. If you plan to travel in one of the member states of the European Union this interactive tool provides you with the information that you need to confidently plan your travel and holidays. The information is frequently updated and available in 24 languages for your convenience. Other than that you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest happenings as they pertain to our surf camps.

Putting the health of our staff and guests first

The health of you, your fellow guests and our staff members is paramount. As such, we’re focused on being part of the solution and not the problem when it comes to the spread of covid-19. Extra sanitary measures will be put in place and our experienced team members will be on-hand to offer support to all guests.

Some of the precautionary measures that we’ll employ in an effort to safeguard everyone at our surf camps include the following. Note that if you are staying at our surf camp and start to feel ill, please notify a staff member and the necessary next steps will be taken. For everyone else, please try:

  • No to touch your eyes, mouth or nose
  • Use only single-use tissues and dispose of them after use
  • Not shake hands or greet people/say goodbye with a hug or kiss on the cheek (shakas only)
  • Maintain distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands regularly with soap or hand sanitizer

Making our surf camp destinations safer than ever

Our surf camps have an average ranking of 4.75 stars for cleanliness on Trip Advisor. This is a telling reflection of our excellent hygiene standards since these rankings come from guests who have stayed at our camps first hand. This average ranking has been calculated based on the stars given by guests at our four current surf camp locations.

Rapture Surfcamp Bali4.5/5 stars
Rapture Surfcamp Costa Rica5/5 stars
Rapture Surfcamp Nicaragua5/5 stars
Rapture Surfcamp Portugal4.5/5 stars

Despite this, we won’t be resting on our laurels. Instead, we’ll be doing everything within our power to put your mind at ease by doubling down on in-camp sanitary measures. Our surf equipment will also be subjected to even more rigorous cleaning than usual. This includes treating wetsuits and wiping down surfboards with disinfectant after use.

Providing you with a much-needed break from these troubling times

We believe that as a surf camp we play a vital role in giving you some sanctuary from the crazy that’s gripped the world. When you stay with us, you’re disconnecting from the incessant flow of sensationalized media reports and getting some perspective on the issue at hand. As we write this, there is already some cause of positivity in the face of adversity.

With factories closing down, fleets upon fleets of planes grounded and vehicles off the roads, air quality is improving in some parts of the world and greenhouse gas emissions have dropped (up to 25% in some countries). What’s more, there’s been a massive dip in demand for coal, which may pave the way for us to start considering more eco-friendly fuel sources.

Rapturecamps Covid-19 cancellation policy

If you believe it is necessary to cancel or change your Rapturecamps booking in light of recent events, we are more than happy to accommodate your request.

We have even made a slight adjustment to our policy by allowing you to hold bookings over. With this option, you can still look forward to embarking on the surf adventure of a lifetime in the near future. And couldn’t we all use something to look forward to at the moment?

Booking cancellation

All requests for cancellations must be submitted via email. The cancellation period is defined by the receipt of the cancellation. In cases of cancellation, the below fees may apply (depending on the cancellation date):

  • 60 days in advance 10%
  • 45 days in advance 20%
  • 30 days in advance 40%
  • 20 days in advance 70%
  • 12 days in advance 100%

Note that if you do not cancel and you don’t turn up, you will not receive a refund.

Transfer of booking

Instead of canceling your booking outright, you can also transfer it to a replacement person prior to departure who fulfills the conditions defined by our general Terms and Conditions. This can be done via email for a transfer fee of €50 (EUR).

Booking credit

For those of you who would like to postpone your stay with Rapturecamps, we are able to hold your booking over* (as credit equal to the amount of your booking) to be used in a reasonable time period** at any Rapturecamps location. Please note that this request must be made by email. There are no extra fees if you decide to take this option.

* By offering an alternative to the cancellation policy (refund), you can rebook another stay. This option may be preferable for those who don’t have cancellation insurance. It is not required by us to offer this service, but at this point in time, we think it is only fair. We also won’t rent your room to anyone else during the time period that you eventually select

**Given the nature of the current situation and the fact that things are changing daily, we advise you to contact us directly for more information about this time period. Our initial thoughts are to allow for postponements up to a year, but this may vary if circumstances call for it