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Tourists are advised to take into account in their schedules possible long lines at the entry posts in the airports.
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Published Monday, December 21, 2020

Increased tourism may delay
immigration services at the airport

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The increase in tourists arriving in the country by air at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, located in Alajuela Province, could be the cause of a delay in the services provided by the General Directorate of Migration post located in the airport.

According to the company AERIS, in charge of the administration of the airport, this past Saturday afternoon more than 700 passengers arrived. The new security guidelines to avoid contagion of covid-19, such as social distancing caused a reduction in space assigned for reaching the International Arrivals Migration posts.

Also, the authorities attribute the long lines, due to the increase in arrivals of international flights from the United States and Europe.

According to the authorities, since the reopening of the air borders in August, more than 68,000 passengers have flown out of the country. However, the arrival of tourists is just 20% of the traffic reported before the pandemic.

Tourists are advised to take into account in their schedules possible long lines at the entry posts in the airports.

Last week, two United States airlines announced an increase in flights to Costa Rica.

JetBlue Airways announced the reactivation of flights from Los Angeles to the two most important international airports in the country, Daniel Oduber in Guanacaste Province (LIR) and Juan Santamaría (SJO).

On Saturday at 7:30 a.m the first flight arrived from the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX,  with 112 passengers at the Guanacaste International Airport, LIR. On Sunday, a similar flight arrived at the Alajuela SJO airport, authorities reported.

On Thursday, United Airlines reactivated flights from the Denver International Airport, DIA to SJO. The flights from LAX to SJO were reopened on Saturday.

According to AERIS, more flights were reactivated at the airport in Alajuela from other Latin American countries with international airlines such as Copa, Volaris, Avianca, Aeromexico and Wingo.

From North America, flights of American Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, Spirit, Alaska, United and JetBlue continue arriving.

From Europe, flights from KLM, Iberia and Air France have made their way back to the country.

In August, the first flight LH518, arrived after the Alajuela airport reopening from Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA) with 218 passengers and 24 crew members.

The requirements to enter the country are: filling out the electronic epidemiological online Health Pass, and providing proof of having a Traveler's Insurance (this can be purchased in their country of origin or Costa Rica).

The institute clarifies that in the case of international insurance, the tourist must request a certification issued in English or Spanish from their insurer, indicating the following three conditions:

• The valid period of the effective policy during the travel to Costa Rica.

• Guarantee coverage for medical expenses in cases of covid-19 infection while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000.

• A minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses extended, in case of being infected with covid-19.

• The insurance document, where these requirements are met, must also be uploaded on the electronic epidemiological online Health Pass.

What other airlines should reopen flights to Costa Rica? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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