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San Jose And Liberia Airports Without Immigration Control For More Than 30 Minutes Wednesday

A failure in the system used by the immigration service (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) to control passengers leaving the country generated delays in flights and long lines at both the Juan Santamaria, in San Jose (SJO) and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia (LIR),...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. The...

QTIPS: In “Transit” At The San Jose Airport

If landing at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport (SJO)  in “transit”, you can leave (exit) the airport, provided there is a minimum of 5 hours between your flights. If your citizenship requires a visa to enter the country, you will be asked to...

Immigration Nabs Second In Jewelery Store Heists Trying To Leave The Country

The first one got away. The second of the alleged 16 members of the gang in the Escuza jewellery store heists on October 31, didn't run into the same luck or (alleged) corruption of immigration officials. Estaban Obando, interim Director of Migración (immigration service) said...

Meet the Stars of Paradise

Visitots arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport - San Jose (SJO) - can start of their adventure in paradise, meeting the most emblematic species of Costa Rican wildlife. The San Jose airport invites visitors to take a selfie with the keel-billed toucan, the jaguar,...

Spirit Airlines Opens San Jose Office

The low-cost airline, Spirit Airlines, has opened an office in San Jose, Costa Rica to serve its customers in the country.Opens Office in San Jose The airline has been operating in the country for the past ten years, but this is the first time it...

Costa Rica Tourism Leads Service Exports

Of the US$8.792 billion generated from services exports in Costa Rica between April 2016 and March 2017, 45% corresponded to the tourism sector. From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT): Tourism is consolidating itself as the leading sector driving growth of services...

Italian Tourist Arrested At San Jose Airport For Carrying Hashish-impregnated In Paintings

UPDATE: On Tuesday (July 4) the Alajuela court ordered the Italian tourist to 3 months preventive detention. Q COSTA RICA - An Italian tourist, arriving in Costa Rica from Mexico this Monday morning may be spending more time in the country that he had possibly...

Clashes Between Uber and Taxis Continue, The Latest At The San Jose Airport

Q COSTA RICA - The clashes between formal taxi and Uber drivers continues in Costa Rica, with the latest on Tuesday night, this time at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport in Alajuela. According to reports on the social networks, Uber drivers continue to complain...

Costa Rica Immigration Going Paperless

Q COSTA RICA - Starting in August, travelers arriving or leaving Costa Rica by way of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport will not longer require to fill out the paper form known as TIE (Trámite de Ingreso y Egreso). The director of immigration,...

Avianca Cuts 91 Jobs In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - The Colombian airline, Avianca, is cutting back its operations in Costa Rica with the layoff of 91 employees, as part of the airline's reorganization process for greater efficiency and productivity. According to a press release, the airline has decided to centralize...

Intense Rains Blamed For Shut Down Of San Jose Airport Friday Night

Q COSTA RICA The intense rains of Friday afternoon appears to have caused a short-circuit that shut down the runway lights, causing the complete closure of the  Juan Santamaria International - San Jose - airport operations. The closure was confirmed by Ennio Cubillo, director of...

The Poas Acting Up Again

Q COSTA RICA - After several months of relative calm, the Poas Volcano is acting up again, with a small groundwater and ash discharge. Volcanologists Gino González and Yemerith Alpízar of Volcanes Sin Fronteras (Volcanos Without Borders) visited the colossus over the weekend and reported...

Air Costa Rica Takes To The Skies

Q COSTA RICA - AIR COSTA RICA made its first charter flight from the San Jose airport, carrying 89 passengers to Scarlett Martínez International Airport, in Rio Hato, Panama on Friday February 9. The Boeing 737-300 with the Costa Rica flag in the tail took...

The Pophecy Has Been Fulfilled!

EDITORIAL - In his opinion column for Crhoy.com, Edgar Espinoza, writes about nightmare that has gripped us all who live and work or visit the capital city, blaming the massive number of vehicles, government negligence and national neglect as the cause for the traffic...

Is The Low-Cost Airline Model Crashing in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA / A few months back the lines for seats on low-cost airlines with their offers of cheap flights within Central America were long. Volaris, Veca and Wingo took to the skies with no-frills and cheap fares. The big names, Avianca and Copa...

32 Hours To Fly Home To Toronto From San Jose, Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Passengers on an Air Canada flight 1807 were delayed for 32 hours in San Jose, Costa Rica not because of bad weather or ash from the Turrialba volcano, but because of a passenger count problem. A report by Canada's CBC...

Find Out Which Are The Most Punctual Airlines Landing in Costa Rica

Q TRAVEL - Are you in the need to be punctual? In addition to price and customer service, airline passengers of the world highly value their flight being punctual. To help understand which airlines keep their promise of being on time and which do not,...

Green Alert Issued For Central Valley Effect Of Turrialba Volcano Eruptions

Q COSTA RICA - Strong winds and a sustained eruption by the Turrialba volcano that began on Monday, has resulted in a Green Alert issued by the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - national emergency commission -  for the Central Valley. The scattered ash in...

Turriabla Once Again Plays Havoc With Costa Rica Travel

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The Turrialba volcano is once again playing havoc with travel to and from Costa Rica, a number of airlines cancelling flights and from the Juan Santamaria international airport in San Jose (SJO), due to high levels of ashfall. After several...

Hurricane Otto: Where to Check The Status Of Your Flight To and From Costa Rica?

Traveling to and from Costa Rica's San Jose airport can be affected by Hurricane Otto. At the Q we've compiled a list of airlines with regular service to and from the San Jose (SJO) airport, Costa Rica's main international airport. If we've missed an airline,...

Air Costa Rica Inaugurates Operations

(QCOSTARICA) After two years of preparations, Air Costa Rica took to the skies on Wednesday. Well almost. The airline made its official presentation on Wednesday without being able to announce a final date for the start of daily flights to Guatemala. For now the airline...

Executive Aviation in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) In a growing market, 16 commercial air companies operate  in Costa Rica an average of four to five corporate flights a day. Having a wide range of routes and destinations is no longer enough for charter airlines to fill their flights in Costa...

Volcano Eruptions Forces Early Morning Closure of The San Jose Airport

QCOSTARICA - The Turriabla volcano once again had an impact travel in Costa Rica, the Sunday night eruption affecting at least five flights attempting to take off from the San Jose airport in the early hours of Monday. The volcano erupted at 9:10pm Sunday. The ashfall...

Turrialaba Blows It Stack Again!

(QCOSTARICA) An early Thursday morning eruption of the Turrialba volcano may mean a repeat of Monday and Tuesday, as ash and gas reaching a height of 2,000 metres (2 kilometres) spreads north and west through the Central Valley. The eruption occurred at 3:25am. The intensity continued...

Avianca and Copa Offer Customers Changes or Refunds Without Penalty

(QCOSTARICA) Passengers on Copa and Avianca affected by the closure of operations of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport during Monday and Tuesday have had the option of rescheduling or refund (in the case of Avianca). Both airlines resumed flights Tuesday afternoon within Central America....

Thousands Affected From Closure Of San Jose Airport Due To Volcano Eruption

Hundreds of passengers have camped out at the San Jose airport waiting, waiting, waiting for the airport to re-open. Many others have been heading to the airport, not aware of the closure. A check on the Aeris (airport operator) website, when the website is not...

Lightning Strike Hits San Jose Airport, Sends Six To Hospital

(QCostarica) It was around 2:00pm Friday when the skies around the Central Valley turned real ugly. It wasn't your normal rainy season afternoon. The skies thundered and lit up in some areas, in others it was  only a distant sound. One of the areas greatly...

United Announces Nonstop Flights Between Colorado And Costa Rica

(qCOSTARICA TRAVEL) United Airlines announced the launch of two seasonal flights between Costa Rica and Colorado, joining the increasingly competitive market between Denver and San Jose and Liberia. United said it will, between December 18,2015 and April 30, 2016, fly nonstop weekends from the Denver...

Security Ring Around Turrialba Volcano Increased to 5 Kms.

(QCOSTARICA) From 2 to 5 is now the security ring around the Turrialba volcano, increased on Monday following a series eruptions since Saturday afternoon, most lasting up to half hour or more. While volcanologists admit it is difficult to predict the behaviour of the colossus,...

Tourists Risk Prison in Costa Rica For Drug Smuggling

QCOSTARICA - Tourists travelling to Costa Rica for fun in the sun and to becoming a drug mule - "burro" in Spanish - is a common occurrence, says the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), that maintains strict controls at the Juan Santamaria international airport. According...

Turrialba Eruption Forces San Jose Airport Closure. Again.

QCOSTARICA - The Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría (SJO) - San Jose airport, was back to normal operations at 3:30am this morning (Tuesday) after being shut down for almost 10 hours. From 7:30pm Monday, following an eruption at the Turrialba Volcano at 3:24 pm, falling ash...

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