(July 24, 2020)-Costa Rica would reopen its borders to foreign tourists after four and a half months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting August 1st, commercial flights will resume operations at both of Costa Rica’s main international airports, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste.
The reactivation of Costa Rica’s tourism will begin with the entry of tourists from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada, announced Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura. Visitors from the Schengen Area are also welcome.
In 2019, Costa Rica welcomed 3.1 million foreign visitors. More than 1.3 million tourists came from the United States, nearly 235,000 from Canada, and more than 500,000 people arrived from Europe.
Due to the surging cases of coronavirus in the United States, Costa Rica has not yet authorized commercial flights from the North American country. Only countries with controlled spread of the virus will be added into the list as the situation progresses.
Since its first reported case on March 6th, 2020, Costa Rica, a country of 5 million people, has 13,129 confirmed cases; 3,448 people have recovered so far, and there have been 81 deaths as of Friday, July 24th, 2020.
See daily statistics.
• Travelers must complete an epidemiological survey
• Present proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test within the 48 hours before traveling to Costa Rica
• Travel insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended hotel stay
• Tourists must follow all airport and local health protocols.
• Face coverings or face shields in all indoor circumstances. The only exceptions are at restaurants and all open-air tourism activities.
Aeris Holding, the SJO terminal’s management company, released a video informing about the sanitary protocols to enter or leave the country.
• Mandatory use of face masks or face shields
• Social distancing. Markers will encourage proper distancing in all areas
• Thermal scans upon arrival. At least five cameras will take the temperature of the visitors on their way to the immigration area.
• Passengers must complete Epidemiological form
• Disinfected carpets installed at the entrances and sanitized every 3 hours
• Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available to all travelers at ticket counters, immigration checkpoints and other parts of the airport
• Clear barriers will separate passengers from the ticket counters, customs, and payment points.
• Cleaning will be reinforced in the terminal, as well as in common areas.
• Only traveling passengers will be allowed to enter the airport
• Boarding will be conducted in small groups, from the back of the plane to the front.
OPERATION OF TOURS
The tour operations with outdoor activities will be enabled, including hiking, trekking, canopy, cable cars, rafting, water recreation, and air recreation, all under strict compliance with sanitary protocols.
Beaches located in Yellow Alert areas will be open from 5:00 am to 2:30 pm. Daytime driving is permitted from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
All regions under a Yellow Alert remain in “Phase 3,” which allows for most commercial businesses and hotels to operate at 50% capacity.
Bars and nightclubs must remain closed. Phase 4 will see extended hours and capacity limits. For more details about 4 phase reopening click here
For an updated list of areas under Yellow and Orange Alert due to COVID-19 Click Here
The first flights to arrive at the SJO airport in San Jose on August 2nd and 3rd are from Frankfurt, Germany, and Madrid, Spain.
Air Canada confirmed starting flights between Toronto (YYZ) and San Jose on September 12th.
Here is the latest information for flights to/from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Click Here
Costa Rica received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) due to the implementation of 16 sanitary protocols for tourism activities.
The specially designed stamp allows travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols for travelers to experience ‘Safe Travels’.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all other diseases such as flu, colds, etc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all persons follow respiratory hygiene etiquette measures, including:
• Stay home and avoid travel when you are sick
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean your hands
• Always wear socks when traveling, so if you need to remove your footwear for TSA screening you are not barefoot
• Place items from your pockets inside your carry-on bag before arriving at the TSA screening checkpoint to reduce your contact with surfaces and screening bins
VACATION PLANNING FOR 2021
Travelers nowadays are seeking more flexible policies to embark themselves into a new way of traveling during COVID-19. Great pricing and the possibility of shifting travel plans without penalties is what people are searching for to get their longed vacation.
Costa Rica Dream Adventures (CRDA) understands that it’s no longer easy to decide on the best destination, While travel restrictions begin to ease, seeking new adventures that reconnect you with nature will be among the top vacation ideas among travelers.
Anticipating a dream vacation today could be highly beneficial. Planning a trip to Costa Rica is a short 3 to 5-hour flight from the U.S.
CRDA, U.S. based Tour Operator that sells exclusively custom Costa Rica vacations, is offering NO CHANGE FEES on all their travel packages. Travelers can change their travel dates up to 30 days before departure.
Payment plans have also changed! Clients will have the option of submitting a deposit and pay the final balance due 35 days before departure. Monthly installment payment plans are also available.
All Costa Rica Dream Adventures Vacation Packages are fully customizable, and 2021 rates are now available for future travel plans. CRDA has a second office in San Jose, Costa Rica that offers 24/7 in-country travel assistance. Travelers can feel safe knowing that there will always be someone to reach out for in-country travel assistance.
Without a doubt, Costa Rica is a great destination to visit after the crisis. Find balance, reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, Costa Rica will welcome you with open arms and the warmth and kindness of our people.
We’re ready when you are!