Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020

5,000 Costa Ricans have returned
by rescue flights

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since the government declared a national state of emergency due to the covid-19 and ordered the closure of all borders, including maritime, land and air as of March 18, 5,000 Costa Ricans have returned to the country by air from more than 103 countries, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The most recent arrival was on Monday, a flight from the George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. arrived at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela Province, with 199 passengers who arrived from the states of California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas. As well as from Canada and Mexico.

This is the eighteenth flight that has departed from Texas since April, which has enabled the return of 2,091 people from that airport, the ministry said.

Humanitarian flights also allow the departure of foreigners from Costa Rica to the U.S, in coordination with the U.S. government and United Airlines.

According to the Costa Rican Consulate in the city of Houston, three additional flights have been scheduled from the George Bush Airport to Costa Rica, on July 13, 20 and 27.

Costa Ricans and residents who wish to return to the country must purchase the tickets directly on the United Airlines website or by calling the company's call center 1-800-864-8331.

All passengers received a mandatory health order that requires them to be quarantined in isolation inside their homes for 14 days, the ministry said.

Those who dismiss the isolation order will be fined ₡450,200 colones, the equivalent of $794.

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