Costa Rica situation – updated on January 20th

The aerial borders are opened to all countries (with no exception)

as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Fill a digital epidemiological form at (Health Pass).
  • Purchase a travel insurance that covers expenses in case of acute illness caused by the virus.

Airlines operation

San Jose Airport

These airlines are currently flying:

Iberia: to / from Madrid on Sunday, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Lufthansa: flights available to / from Frankfurt on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Air France: to / from Paris on Thursday & Saturdays.

Copa Airlines: to / from Panama and Guatemala.

American Airlines: to / from Dallas, Miami and Charlotte.

Spirit: to / from Fort Lauderdale.

Aromexico: on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Mexico and Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from CR.

Air Canada: to / from Toronto and Montreal.

KLM: to / from Amsterdam on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays.

United Airlines: it is already flying to/ from Houston, Newark, Chicago, Denver, Washington and Los Angeles.

Jet Blue: to / from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New York and Los Angeles.

Alaska: to / from Los Angeles.

Volaris: it is already flying to / from Mexico via Guatemala and to / from Cancun. 

Delta: to / from Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Avianca: to / from El Salvador and Bogota.

Wingo: to / from Bogota.

Edelweiss: to / from Zurich.

British Airways: no daily operation (flights with a layover in Spain and USA available – operated by Iberia and American Airlines). As of February 06th 2021, direct flights will operate (Tuesday and Saturday), from March 29th it will only operate Mondays and Saturdays. As of April 18th operation is not set yet.

No operation until further notice: Air Panamá, Air Transat, Albatros Airlines, Condor, Interjet, Westjet, Southwest, Latam.

Liberia Airport

These airlines are currently flying:

American Airlines: to / from Dallas & Miami.

United Airlines: to / from Newark, Houston, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco & Los Angeles.

West Jet: to / from Houston (USA) and Calgary & Toronto from Canada.

Alaska Airlines: to / from Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles.

Delta: to / from Atlanta, Los Angeles & Minneapolis.

Southwest: to / from Houston.

Jet Blue: to / from Los Angeles.

KLM: to / from Amsterdam to Liberia on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday (with a layover at San Jose).

Tourists are now not only able to choose from the authorized national insurances (Instituto Nacional de Seguros and Sagicor) but also through the international options of their choice, insofar as they comply the requirements.

The international insurance company must issue a certificate, in English or Spanish, assuring three minimum conditions:

  • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.
  • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000 (fifty thousand United States Dollars).
  • Minimum coverage of $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to the virus (equivalent to 14 days).

When completing the “Health Pass”, the traveller will also be able to digitally validate (PDF format files) the required certificate of their travel insurance, in order to speed up the process of entering the airport.

Important: when completing these digital requirements, a green code will be generated if it is approved and with which you can go directly to the migration area upon arrival, a purple code if for any reason your travel insurance must be validated directly at the airport or a red code if the entry requirements are incomplete or were denied.

Additionally, the airport administration established a sanitary protocol to follow when entering the country. Some of the main guidelines are the use of mask, social distancing, use of disinfection mats and temperature control.

For international departures, a check-in of 4 hours for long-term flights is now required, passengers must use mask and the online check-in mechanism is recommended to speed up the process as possible.

You can check the complete protocol video here.

Additionally, all passengers who require COVID-19 diagnostic tests to travel to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Spain will be able to access the RT-PCR test and the antigen test – depending on what the country to which they are traveling requires.

These tests may be carried out inside and outside the GAM and their results will be delivered in a maximum of 48 hours.

Regulations and restrictions

 Effective until January 31, 2021

-Carnival-style celebrations are not allowed in hotels and public places.

-Beach visitation schedule will be from 05:30 to 18:30 only

-The capacity of national parks will be limited to 50%.

-The capacity of the bars and casinos for the same period will only be 50%.

-Hotels can operate at full capacity, except in its common areas where only 50% capacity is allowed to ensure social distancing.

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.


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