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March was the busiest month for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica since the gradual reopening of borders
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Published Friday, May 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With 89,263 international arrivals, March was the busiest month for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica since the gradual reopening of borders that began last August, according to the Tourism Institute.

This is the first time that tourist arrivals from all ports of entry have reached this level since March 2020, when the covid-19 health crisis began and borders were closed for nearly five months.

According to information provided by the General Directorate of Immigration, and analyzed by the Institute, 66,505 international arrivals were from North America, which is approximately 74.5%. Of this 62,370 tourists came from the United States, 2,706 from Mexico and 1,429 from Canada.

There were 14,183 tourists from Europe, 3,382 from Central America, 3,881 from South America and 284 from the Caribbean, the Institute reported.

“These numbers are very uplifting given the global situation and the difficulties that the tourism sector is facing in its recovery,” Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism said. “In order to keep these numbers where they are and ensure that they grow, it is vitally important that we commit to following public health guidelines.”

According to the Institute statistics, in January 2021, 62,200 tourists arrived from all ports of entry. While in February the number was 55,252 visitors. In the year’s first quarter, from January to March, there were a total of 206,715 arrivals.

Most of the arrivals were from the air with 88,391 of the total recorded in March.

The Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela Province, received 62,017 international arrivals, while Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Guanacaste Province, reported 26,374 tourists. These figures were the highest since March 2020 in both airports, the Institute reported.

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