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Intending to increase tourism in the high season, from December 2020 to July 2021, the government authorized the reopening of
commercial flights to include Central American countries - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -




Published Friday, October 9, 2020

Costa Rica to reopen commercial
flights with 54 countries

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Intending to increase tourism in the high season, from December 2020 to July 2021, the government authorized the reopening of commercial flights to include Central American countries, Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism, announced on Thursday.

As of Oct. 15, tourists from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will be able to arrive in the country from either of the three international airports. With this, Costa Rica reopens commercial flights to 54 countries.

Commercial flights will be allowed to arrive at three international airports, Juan Santamaría in Alajuela Province, Tobias Bolaños in San José Province and Daniel Oduber in Guanacaste Province.

Since Aug.1, Costa Rica re-opened their skies to the European Union (Schengen zone), England, Japan; South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Croatia, China, Bulgaria, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Uruguay, Cyprus, Romania, Vatican, Ireland, San Marino and Monaco.

The 26 countries of the Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

• Since Oct. 1, citizens and residents of Mexico, Jamaica can arrive in the country by air.

• In the case of the U.S., since Sept. 1, residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Washington District of Columbia can travel to Costa Rica.

• Since September 15, residents of Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, Colorado, Washington (state), Massachusetts and Pennsylvania can enter the country.

• Since Oct. 1, residents of California and Ohio have had the green light to travel into Costa Rica.

• Residents and citizens of Florida, Georgia and Texas will be able to enter the country, starting Oct. 15.

• Beginning Nov. 1, U.S. citizens and residents of all 50 states will be able to enter Costa Rica.

This will help the economic reactivation of the country and the regeneration of jobs, the ministry said.

According to the Ministry of Planification, by allowing travel of U.S. citizens and residents of the U.S., it could generate approximately $1.5 billion within the year, equivalent to 2.5 points of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP. It could also create an estimated 80,000 jobs.

Before the pandemic, 1.6 million tourists from North America were registered, with an average stay of 12 days and a daily expense of $170 per person, the ministry said.

The ministry estimates that U.S.tourists are a potential market of 23.5 million visitors.

As more tourists arrive, the government eases their restrictions. The ministry confirmed that as of Oct.15, beach hours increase from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Currently, access to the beaches closes  at 8 p.m. This is a measure to prevent an increase in infections of covid-19, authorities said.

The Ministry of Health orders tourists traveling into Costa Rica to fulfill the following requirements:

• Fill out the electronic epidemiological online Health Pass.

• Proof of an RT-PCR diagnostic test with a negative result; the sample must have been taken within 72 hours of travel to Costa Rica.

• Traveler's Medical Insurance can be purchased in their country of origin or Costa Rica.

• Passengers coming from the U.S. must show through their driver’s license or state identification (State ID) that they live in one of the authorized states.This requirement excludes children traveling with their families. This requirement will not be necessary as of Nov. 1.

• In the case of residents from any country returning to Costa Rica, they must present the current immigration identification document for foreigners, DIMEX.

• Residents should present proof of payment of monthly Social Security payments.In case of non-compliance with this requirement, the resident can purchase any of the covid-19 travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 22 days. During that period, immigrant residents must update the delayed payments.

It is recommended for tourists or foreign residents who return to the country to contact the Costa Rican Embassy to request more information about the requirements ordered by the authorities to return to the country.

The contact information of the Costa Rican Embassies worldwide can be reached at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

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