Costa Rica will format to welcome mat to vacationers from the US once more. It comes amid excessive hopes of extra flights between the 2 nations, together with flights to Daniel Oduber Quirós Worldwide Airport in Liberia. That airport went silent when the primary border restrictions bought imposed. Residents of the US now be a part of residents from 44 different nations allowed to enter Costa Rica.
There’s a catch – the border isn’t opening to everybody
However there’s a caveat. Solely residents of 5 states inside the US have the tick of approval. These states are New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut. Residents of these states might want to deliver their driver’s license to show the place they stay.
“We’re minimizing our epidemiological threat,” Costa Rica’s Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura was reported saying in The Tico Times.
“We have now included the license-plate requirement to attenuate the probability that somebody from a non-authorized state is allowed to enter.”
It’s a slightly choose Costa Rican welcome mat proper now. However given vacationers from the US account for the largest slice of vacationers to Costa Rica, it’s probably extra states will get added to the record shortly. Costa Rican authorities are actually conducting threat assessments involving Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
In 2019, 1.three million vacationers from the US visited Costa Rica, with tourism accounting for 8.2% of Costa Rica’s GDP.
Costa Rican border closes, airport site visitors dries up
Costa Rica nation closed its borders in mid-March. As passenger site visitors dried up, so did the flights into Costa Rica’s main worldwide airport, Juan Santamaría Worldwide Airport, close to San José. Some 20 worldwide airways often fly out and in of the airport, however most have dramatically curtailed companies or stopped them altogether.
As we speak there is only one worldwide service working into the airport, a Lufthansa service from Frankfurt. Scheduled companies by Avianca, Air France, British Airways, Copa, Southwest Airways, Volaris, and United Airways present as canceled.
Costa Rican authorities hope that opening their borders to some residents of the US will see at the least 4 flights per week from the east coast of the US.
Normally, American Airways, United Airways, Delta Air Lines, Southwest, Alaska Airways, and JetBlue repeatedly contact down in San José (although not all from the US east coast).
Repatriation flights nonetheless working in Costa Rica
Regardless of Costa Rica starting to unwind its border restrictions, the US Authorities is continuous to supply repatriation flights all through August. Three United Airways will function every week throughout August, taking stranded passengers as much as Houston. American Airways will function two flights, together with one later as we speak, as much as Dallas. Lastly, Spirit Airways will run a repatriation flight to Fort Lauderdale later this month.
At Costa Rica’s second worldwide airport, Daniel Oduber Quirós Worldwide Airport within the nation’s northwest, site visitors is much more subdued. Regardless of having a good roster of airways that often fly in, exercise on the airport is sort of at a standstill.
That’s one thing Costa Rican authorities hope will change quickly.
In the meantime, intending vacationers to Costa Rica should receive a damaging COVID-19 take a look at inside 48 hours of their flight. Vacationers may even want proof of journey insurance coverage that covers COVID-19 and full well being paperwork on-line. With that in hand and coming from an authorized nation or state, Costa Rica shall be happy to see you.