Spanish airlines Iberia, Ávoris-Evelop and U.S. Southwest Airlines resumed flights to Costa Rica.
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Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Spanish airlines Iberia, Ávoris-Evelop! and U.S. Southwest Airlines resumed flights to Costa Rica.
As of June 30, the Spanish airline Iberia resumes daily flights to Costa Rica, from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas International Airport (MAD) to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela Province according to the Tourism Institute.
"Costa Rica keeps its position as one of the most preferred destinations by the Spanish visitors," Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism said.
Also, the European travel agency Iberojet announced the incorporation of two weekly trips to Costa Rica in its itinerary starting July 13. The company manages the flights of the Ávoris-Evelop! airline scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Madrid to Alajuela.
According to the institute, Spain is one of the most important countries generating European tourists to Costa Rica. This year 6,730 international arrivals have entered from that country.
Despite the Spanish government announcing that tourists are allowed to enter the country, they must present a certificate of complete vaccination against covid-19 as a basic requirement.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the European Union and Cooperation of Spain, tourists must be inoculated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or by the World Health Organization.
While in Costa Rica, the health authorities are not requesting a certificate of vaccination against the virus. Nor are they asking for a diagnostic test with a negative result of the virus.
The current requirements to enter Costa Rica, ordered by authorities are:
• Fill out the "Health Pass" webform.
• Tourists must have a valid passport and proof of intent to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.
• Provide proof of a valid Traveler's Insurance, not expiring during the time of stay in the country. This can be purchased in the country of departure or Costa Rica.
Tourists must show proof by requesting a certificate issued in English or Spanish from their insurance provider that guarantees coverage for medical expenses in cases of covid-19 infection while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000. And minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses extended, in case of being infected with covid-19.
The valid insurance document must also be uploaded onto the same online Health Pass.
If the tourist has already been vaccinated, this does not exempt them from this requirement. Every tourist traveling to Costa Rica, regardless if they are fully vaccinated or not, must acquire an insurance policy as described.
Tourists should double-check the entry requirements by contacting their local Costa Rican embassy or consular representation before planning a trip to Costa Rica.
Southwest is the third airline to resume flights to Costa Rica this week.
After more than a year of not offering flights to Costa Rica, on Sunday the first Southwest Airlines' flight arrived at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste Province (LIR) from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Now that Southwest has resumed flights, all the airlines offering flights from the United States to Costa Rica, before the pandemic, are fully resumed, said the Institute.
They have also added a weekly flight from the Baltimore Washington International Marshall Airport (BWI ) to SJO.
According to the Institute, travelers from the United States are about 70% of the total tourists who arrive in the country by air.
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