Costa Rica situation – updated on February 26th

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 https://salud.go.cr (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 Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Lufthansa: to / from Frankfurt on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Air France: to / from Paris on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Copa Airlines: to / from Panama City two daily flights (except on Sundays – three flights) and to / from Guatemala City one flight on Mondays and Sundays.

American Airlines: two daily flights to / from Dallas; one flight to / from Miami on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and two flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; one flight to / from New York on Tuesdays and Saturdays; and one daily flight to/from Charlotte.

Spirit: to / from Fort Lauderdale one daily flight; and to / from Orlando one flight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Aeromexico: one flight to/from Mexico City on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and two flights on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.

KLM: to / from Amsterdam on Fridays & Sundays.

United Airlines: to/ from Houston one flight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and two flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; to / from Newark one daily flight; to / from Chicago one flight on Saturdays; to / from Denver one flight on Saturdays; to / from Washington one flight on Saturdays; and to / from Los Angeles one flight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Jet Blue: to / from Fort Lauderdale one daily flight, to / from Orlando one daily flight, and to / from New York one flight on Fridays and Sundays.

Alaska Airlines: one daily flight to / from Los Angeles.

Volaris: to/from Cancun one flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to/from Guatemala City one flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; to/from Mexico City one flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and one daily flight to/from El Salvador 

Delta: to / from Atlanta one flight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and two flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and one daily flight to / from Los Angeles.

Avianca: one flight to / from El Salvador on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; and one daily flight to / from Bogota.

Edelweiss: to / from Zurich one daily flight on Thursdays.

British Airways: no operation confirmed yet (flights with a layover in Spain and USA available – operated by Iberia and American Airlines).

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: one flight to / from Dallas on Saturdays and Sundays; two flights to / from Miami on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; two flights to / from New York on Saturdays; and one flight to / from Charlotte on Saturdays and Sundays.

United Airlines: to / from Newark one flight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; to / from Houston one daily flight; to / from Denver one flight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; to / from Chicago one flight on Fridays and Saturdays; and to / from San Francisco one flight on Saturdays.

Alaska Airlines: one flight to/from Los Angeles on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

MN Airlines: one flight to/from Minneapolis on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Delta: to / from Atlanta one flight on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and two flights on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; to/from Minneapolis one flight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; and one flight to / from Los Angeles on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Jet Blue: one flight to / from Boston on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and one flight to / from New York on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

KLM: to / from Amsterdam one flight on Fridays & Sundays (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

From February 01 to 28, 2021

-Beach visitation schedule will be from 05:00 to 18:00 only.

-National parks can operate at full capacity.

-The capacity of the bars and casinos will be limited to 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.

Sincerely,

The Travel Excellence Team

We are active members of the most important tourist associations, both national and international.

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