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Due to the necessary economic reactivation, the government authorized the opening of air borders to visitors from all the countries as of Nov. 1.
- Juan Santamaría International Airport photo -


Published Monday, October 19, 2020

Government reopens air borders
to reactivate the economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to the necessary economic reactivation, the government authorized the opening of air borders to visitors from all the countries as of Nov. 1.

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

Visitors and residents of any country may enter the country, as long as they comply with the guidelines established by the health authorities to avoid an increase in covid-19 infections.

According to the government, only about 90% of tourism enters by air.

"This announcement is given with a view to the high season that begins at the end of November and will allow the generation of income and jobs," Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism said. "Each tourist who visits the country activates a series of productive chains such as agriculture, fishing, commerce, transportation, tourist guides, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, among others."

According to the ministry, only the opening of commercial flights from the United States represents the possibility of recovering at least 80,000 jobs and making $1.5 billion income by 2021, which is equivalent to 2.5 points of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

The minister calls for all companies in the tourism sector to follow and apply the guidelines shared to prevent contagion of covid-19.

"The tourist industry is the backbone of the process of economic reactivation so that the country gradually recovers from the crisis that has been caused by the pandemic," Segura said.

Tourists should do the same in following regulations, they said.

Visitors must meet the following requirements in the context of the pandemic:

• 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 before boarding the flight to Costa Rica.

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

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.

Since Oct 15, residents and citizens of Florida, Georgia and Texas can enter the country.

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

As of November 1, 2020, it will not be necessary for Americans to present a driver's license or state ID as proof of residency, as all residents from U.S. states are once again welcome.

Concerning Costa Ricans who return to the country, with a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding the flight, they will not receive a sanitary order of confinement upon arrival in Costa Rica. They will receive a recommendation to take extreme preventive care to avoid covid-19 contagion.

According to the government, since the reopening of the air border on Aug. 1, tourists who have complied with all the established guidelines and have entered the country have not been reported as carriers or infected with covid-19.

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