Saturday 4 February 2023

Costa Rica authorizes the return of cruise ships with vaccinated tourists starting September

The ICT assures that nine cruise lines have already incorporated Costa Rica into their itineraries.

Paying the bills

Latest

Ruta 27 tolls drop on February 10

QCOSTARICA - As of 12:01 am on Friday, February...

Tycoon who wants to build a dry canal in Costa Rica in trouble for alleged fraud

QCOSTARICA - India's billionaire and industrialist, Gautam Adani, who...

Dollar increased ¢14 in four days

QCOSTARICA - And we're back to the rollest coaster...

500,000 people in Costa Rica could improve their credit situation. How?

QCOSTARICA - If in Costa Rica the compliance and...

Joselyn Chacón admits having paid to “put the hurt on” the media

QCOSTARICA (Nacion.com) The Minister of Health, Joselyn Chacón, affirmed...

Uncovering the Red Tape of Clean Water in Costa Rica

(OP-ED) Imagine having to haul water to your home,...

Do CBD Products Actually Work?

Rumors about the beneficial effects of CBD products have...

Dollar Exchange

¢567.55 Buy

¢576.23 Sell

4 February 2023 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills

Share

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica’s tourism sector got a much needed boost with the authorization for the return of the cruise ships, starting next September 1.

Cruise activity is of particular relevance for coastal communities, although these tourists also take ‘tours’ to other regions of the country. In the image, cruises at the Limón terminal.

The requirement that 100% of the crew and 95% of the passengers have been vaccinated against covid-19.

The measure will also be specified with the application of the Port Operation Protocol, endorsed by the Ministry of Health, as established in Presidential Directive 082-MP-S, explained the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rican Tourism Board, in a statement.

- Advertisement -

Visitors must also comply with the requirement to fill out the epidemiological form called the Health Pass (Pase de Salud), 72 hours before their arrival in the country.

Meanwhile, the accepted vaccines will be those authorized by the National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission and the last dose of the vaccine must have been applied at least 14 days before sailing.

Economic impact

The cruise industry is particularly important for coastal communities, although tourists of this type also take tours to different areas of the country.

The ICT recalled that in the 2019-2020 season, prior to the start of the critical part of the pandemic, 239,566 cruise passengers arrived in Costa Rica, in 113 vessels through the Pacific and 84 through the Caribbean.

Due to the pandemic, cruise activity in Costa Rica was suspended towards the end of the 2019-2020 season, on March 16, 2020.

In the 2020-2021 season, there was no activity due to emergency measures.

- Advertisement -

The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, highlighted, for his part, the relevance of this type of activity in different communities.

“The restart of this tourist activity will benefit the ports of Limón, Puntarenas, Caldera, Quepos and Golfito. Each cruise passenger spends an average of US$137 per day, which means an important impact on the reactivation of the local economy of the coastal communities,” declared the Minister.

He added that nine cruise lines have already included Costa Rica among their destinations, in view of the imminent reopening. They are Windstar, Lindblad, Sea Cloud, Seabourn Quest, Celebrity Millenium, Carnival Pride, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess and Seven Seas Mariner. Five of these cruise lines would dock at Limón and the rest in Pacific ports.

Four of those cruise liners will come with vessels with an average capacity of 2,500 passengers and five with less than 500 passengers.

- Advertisement -

“In the first phase of this reopening, most of the cruises are those with the lowest passenger capacity and luxury, such as the Lindbland (National Geographic Expeditions),” said Minister Segura.

The first cruise to arrive would be from the Windstar line, on September 2, to Golfito, with approximately 150 passengers on board, Segura detailed.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Ruta 27 tolls drop on February 10

QCOSTARICA - As of 12:01 am on Friday, February 10, the...

Costa Rica activates advertising campaign in New York, Chicago and Toronto

QCOSTARICA - The millions of vehicle passengers and passersby who go...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.