Almost 300,000 seats are forecasted on international flights to travel to Costa Rica during the rest of the year.
- Juan Santamaría International Airport photo -

Published Thursday, November 12, 2020

More airlines resume commercial
flights to Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The re-opening of borders to all tourists since Nov. 1, follows an increase in announcements of the reopening of commercial flights to Costa Rica, the Tourism Institute said.

The international airlines now offering flights to Costa Rica are Iberia, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Southwest, Spirit, American Airlines, Aeroméxico, Air France, Avianca, Jetblue, Air Canada, and Delta Airlines, reported Aeris, the company in charge of managing the Juan Santamaría International Airport, in Alajuela Province.

The additional flights this month are, Wingo on Nov. 16, Alaska Airlines on Nov. 20, Volaris and Copa on Nov. 23, KLM on Nov. 26, British Airways on Dec. 1, and Sun Country and West Jet on Dec. 5.

According to the institute, almost 300,000 seats are forecasted on international flights to travel to Costa Rica during the rest of the year.The flight projection is based on data obtained by the institute from the Schedules Analyzer, OAG platform, which is updated weekly in the Global Distribution Systems, GDS.

The GDS is a computer network and primary booking tool for travel agents, transferring seat inventory and flight fares to them, and allowing them to shop and compare travel reservation options.

The availability of air seats means that travelers will be able to search and book directly online. Likewise, traditional travel agencies, as well as online travel agencies and airlines are offering flights to Costa Rica now at the beginning of the high season for tourism in Costa Rica, marked by Thanksgiving Day in the United States on Nov. 26.

To reactivate employment and increase tourism, the government eliminated two requirements: presenting the negative result of the covid-19 diagnostic test and the quarantine order rule.

These two rescinded requirements could be reinstated, if the pandemic worsens at the global and national level, the government said in its statement.

The other requirements to enter the country remain in order, such as 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.

In case of not complying with these requirements, the passenger will not be able to enter the country, the institute said.

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