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Costa Rica to sign up “Influencers” to promote tourism

QCOSTARICA - Best Place to Travel in 2021 (Costa Rica) was the title chosen by influencer Rob Strok when he released an eight-minute video among his 105,000 subscribers on YouTube with which he justified why Costa Rica is the best place to travel to...

Lufthansa increases flights to Costa Rica; Germany to require PCR tests on all flight arrivals

QCOSTARICA - Germany's flag carrier airline Lufthansa will increase its frequency of weekly flights to Costa Rica from three to five for a month, connecting the city of Frankfurt with the San Jose international airport (SJO). This was reported by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo...

Tourism entrepreneurs should coddle local tourists, not scare them away

EDITORIAL - The Central Government has mandated its civil servants holidays for Semana Santa, shutting down, save for essential service, at the close of business on Friday, March 27 and re-opening, Monday morning, April 5. The shutdown will not cost the government an extra colon...

Digital nomads from the United States, Chile and Portugal highlight the advantages of working from Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has become an ideal destination for foreigners who choose to work remotely, highlighting digital nomads from Chile, Portugal, and the United States who have lived and worked from here, some for periods of months and in other cases for a...

Tourist visas extended to June 2, 2021

QCOSTARICA - Before I get into my opinion of the irresponsible actions of the immigration service and the ICT, good news for tourists who entered Costa Rica on or after December 17, 2019, and November 30, 2020, the March 2, 2021, leave the country...

Costa Rica will authorize the arrival of Chinese tourists without the need for a visa, starting in March

QCOSTARICA - The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) announced Wednesday that as of March,  Chinese tourists from the cities of Beijing and Shanghai will not require a prior visa to enter the country. Exploiting a new market, at the moment the most dynamic in the...

KLM suspends flights to Costa Rica due to new health restrictions from the Dutch government

QCOSTARICA - KLM, the Dutch airline, decided to suspend all its long-haul international flights starting this Friday, including those to and from Costa Rica. This measure responds to the new covid-19 prevention regulations announced on Wednesday by the Dutch government. "We take this news with due...

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

QCOSTARICA - Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic. According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de...

ICT seeks to make COVID-19 tests cheaper for tourists returning to the United States

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica's Tourism Board, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) said Wednesday that is coordinating with private laboratories the lowest possible cost of covid-19 tests for Americans visiting the country and locals who want to travel to the United States. The ICT announcement...

United opens two new routes to / from the United States amid pandemic

QCOSTARICA - United Airlines added two new routes between the United States and Costa Rica, in mid-pandemic reported the administrator of the Juan Santamaría airport, Aeris, and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) on Thursday, December 17. United's new connections are Los Angeles (LAX) and...

Travelers will have tourist-cultural guides to discover Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - National and foreign travelers will have detailed information to plan their trips thanks to the “Guías Turísticas y Culturales” (Tourist and Cultural Guides) prepared jointly by the ICT, the Ministry of Culture, business chambers and the municipalities of six tourist destinations. The first...

US arrivals to Costa Rica quadrupled in November

QCOSTARICA - The opening of the air borders on November 1 to all nationalities has resulted in an increase in visitor arrivals, in particular visitors from the United States. According to a report released on Monday, December 7, by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT),...

Iberia plans to add a fourth weekly flight to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - The Spanish airline Iberia plans to increase to four weekly flights to Costa Rica in December, as part of a general plan to recover services to Latin American countries. According to a company statement, for November it would offer three weekly flights from...

Airlines will have 300,000 seats available to travel to Costa Rica in December

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have, in December, potentially 299,822 available seats on airlines filled with tourists, according to an estimate published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). This forecast is obtained through the OAG Schedules Analyser, based on airline schedules database and the...

Costa Rica opens air borders to tourists from Mexico and Jamaica; Ohio added to U.S. list

(QCOSTARICA) Starting October 1, citizens and residents of Mexico, Jamaica and the U.S. state of Ohio are authorized to visit Costa Rica, announced the Tourism Minister, Gustavo Segura. The announcement authorizing Mexico was received positively by the tourism sector, given that the Aztec nation is...

ICT will verify international insurance for tourists online

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) keeps refining the entry requirements for tourists following the opening of air borders on August 1 and more particular to U.S. tourists from selected states on September 1. One of the issues found my many is the verification...

“Reopening of airports not just around the corner,” Minister of Health

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, during the Thursday noon press conference at Casa Presidencial, responded to the question of the reopening of the airports to international tourists with: "It's not just around the corner". The question was put to the minister by...

ICT calls to resume tourist flights on July 1 with Europe and Canada

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT - Costa Rican Tourism Board -  reported on Wednesday, June 24, that it will arrange for the government to resume tourist flights starting July 1, first with European countries and, later, with Canada. The ICT explained that this...

ICT: Hotels have a guarantee to continue operating

(QCOSTARICA) Tourists who have reservations at different hotels in the country are not obliged to cancel their vacations. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  clarified that hotels are exempt from the new vehicular restrictions announced by the Ministry of Health this...

July will be a key month for Costa Rica’s tourism

(QCOSTARICA) July will be a key month for Costa Rica tourism and the revival of the economy due to the total opening of the beaches, the eventual resumption of international flights, and the financial support that will be provided to businessmen in the sector. That...

Tourist buses will return to the street under vehicular restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) After almost 3 months without being able to circulate, the transport units (big buses, small buses, minivans, etc) dedicated to tourism services ("turismo") will resume operations according to the last number on the license plate. The Public Transportation Council (CTP) approved this June 2...

Pending task: Lowering costs for tourists via taxes

(QCOSTARICA) Reducing the cost of tourist services and alleviating the burden on companies in that sector through a greater tax exemption is not among the points on the road map that the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  presented to rescue...

Costa Rica stands out in the world press as a destination to visit after the crisis

They miss us and we are present in the minds of potential tourists in our main markets. Remembering Costa Rica and in these weeks of quarantined in their countries, ours stands out for the diversity of natural attractions and biodiversity, the fullness that is...

Tourism in Danger by Covid-19: ICT Reports Historical Drop In Arrivals By Air In March

One of the most relevant sectors for the Costa Rican economy is declared in "Total Emergency and State of Calamity", as it is the first time in the "zero" season that total income ceases. The Board of Directors of the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)...

World Tourism Council proposes plan to save the travel sector

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) proposed a plan to rescue the sector, badly hit by the health emergency that produced the coronavirus covid-19. Due to the weight of the tourism business at the global and local level, the WTTC suggested that the governments...

How to prepare for coronavirus in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Minister of Health has warned that the novel coronavirus will arrive in Costa Rica. Although the country has no suspected or confirmed case, in the words of Minister Daniel Salas, "We cannot prevent it from reaching our country (…) there will be...

Costa Rica is the second best destination in the world for foreign investment in tourism

Having 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity in just 0.03% of the world’s territory and talent as its flagship differentiating resources amazes more than one from the moment they set foot on Costa Rican soil. Just like it did to fDi Intelligence’s judging panel who chose...

Costa Rica Keeps On Winning In Tourism

Costa Rica got into 2019 on European catwalks, fashion items, French cuisine, public roads, buses, electric cars, trams and subway stations. Also in film festivals, television programs, biodiversity conservation gardens, sporting events, and social networks. This “Only the Essentials,” tourism campaign by the Instituto Costarricense...

Touristic bet would be to receive cruises all year round

Betting on extending the cruise season annually and investing in infrastructure should be the next steps of the tourist cruise industry in Costa Rica, several experts agree. This would allow the country to improve its tourism revenues and not be left behind by its competitors...

Costa Rica Wants To End Selfies With Wild Animals

Despite being banned in the country more than 10 years ago, travelers to Costa Rica continue in large numbers to take selfies with wildlife anyway. For such, the country with more than 5% of the world's biodiversity and one of the countries with the...

These are the new rules that will regulate services such as Airbnb

In a matter of months, non-traditional hosting and their intermediation through digital platforms will be regulated by new rules. This is established by a bill - promoted by PUSC legislator Pablo Heriberto Abarca - approved in first debate by the Legislative Assembly last Thursday. The bill,...

Travelers Will Have Direct More Routes To And From Costa Rica

More flights to North America and Europe will be available to travelers at the end of the year due to the increase in both frequencies and routes. Meanwhile, there will be fewer flights with connections in the region due to the reorganization of Avianca, while...

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