The first flight with foreign tourists arrived at 7:00 p.m. yesterday. The Iberia airline arrived from Madrid, Spain, with 211 passengers.
/ Aeris courtesy photo.

Published Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Land and sea borders will continue
closed until further notice

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Directorate of Migration confirms through a statement that the land, sea and river ports of entry remain closed until further notice.

According to Migration, only the entry by air was sanctioned at the international airports, Juan Santamaría in Alajuela Province and Daniel Oduber in Guanacaste Province as of Aug. 1.

The first flight with foreign tourists arrived at 7:00 p.m. yesterday. The Iberia airline arrived from Madrid, Spain, with 211 passengers, announced
Aeris, the company in charge of the administration of the Juan Santamaría Airport.

Migration clarifies that only commercial flights with passengers from the European Union affiliated to the Schengen zone treaty, the United Kingdom and Canada are being authorized to enter the country pending new requirements.

The Schengen Area, named after the 1985 Schengen Agreement signed in Schengen, Luxembourg, is an area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passports and all other types of border control at their mutual borders.

The 26 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.

However, the European Union Council announced that it will keep the ban on Costa Rica travelers as part of the list of countries not authorized on flights.

The list of countries allowed to exchange international flights can be found at the following link of the European Union Council website.

In Costa Rica, authorities warn that people who enter the country through one of the two international airports must present travel insurance that covers medical expenses if they were infected with covid19 during their stay in the country, a covid-19 test and completing the entry permit called "Health Pass."

Migration clarifies the confusion caused by a statement issued by the Presidential House where it suggested that flights from Canada and the United Kingdom would be authorized in the coming months.

The reopening announcement does not include flights from any airport in the United States, Latin America or the rest of the world.

"This first stage of opening to international flights includes less than 1% of the volume of flights the country registered before the covid-19 pandemic, which was 552 arrivals per week," said Daniel Salas, Minister of Health.

Authorities expected less than 6 international flights per week. To enter the county, tourists must comply with the following three mandatory requirements:

• Confirm a negative covid-19 test taken within 48 hours before the trip.

• Complete the digital epidemiological form of Social Security. This application will be enabled in different languages.

• Have travel insurance that covers quarantine and medical expenses in case of illness.

Upon landing on Costa Rica, travelers must comply with hygiene guidelines, such as:

• Wear a face mask.

• Comply with the strict sanitary guidelines of the airport.

• Maintain physical distance.

• Walkthrough the disinfection carpets.

• Allow temperature tests.

• Comply with any other health order.

"If tourists do not meet these requirements, they will not be authorized to arrive in the country," the ministry said.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the precautions and sanitary guidelines are necessary for a safe reopening of commercial flights to reactivate the tourism sector.

Additional international flight routes banned, such as from the United States, will be modified according to the development of the pandemic in Costa Rica and in the world.

In March, the government declared a national state of emergency due to the covid-19 crisis and ordered the closure of all borders, included maritime, land and air. The decree allowed only Costa Ricans and foreign residents to enter the country.

Regarding the recent entry of foreigners through the border with Panama, Migration clarifies that all land borders will continue to be closed, only the agreement with the authorities of Panama and Nicaragua is allowed.

This agreement allows the controlled entry of foreigners who travel in special buses from Panama to Nicaragua.

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