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Government to compensate Liberia airport manager US$600K for pandemic losses

QCOSTARICA - Coriport, the company that manages the Daniel Oduber Quirós International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, claimed the State for compensation of US$600,000 dollars for the loss in income during the months in which the country's airports were closed to tourists in 2020,...

Immigration alerts about possible delay in airport procedures this Saturday

QCOSTARICA - The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - is alerting people arriving and leaving the country this Saturday, April 10, 2021, to possible delays in its procedures. The DGME says the delays are due to the Judiciary's...

Getting covid tested at the Liberia airport

RICO's COVID DIGEST - I had to opportunity to be at the Liberia (Daniel Oduber International) airport (LIR), in Guanacaste, on Wednesday and got a first-hand look at the covid testing center set up for departing travelers to destinations where testing is required. As reported...

What to consider if you are leaving the country during Easter and after

QCOSTARICA - Unless you must absolutely travel out of the country during these times, Costa Rica's Minister of Health is asking to put off any unnecessary travel at this time. “People who have to travel and can postpone it, do it, because new variants have...

Liberia opens lab for covid-19 antigen testing

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, announced the opening of a laboratory for testing of covid-19 antigens to interested travelers. Given the difficulty of tourists in Guanacaste to locate a lab near their vacation destination, the ability to get tested...

JetBlue newest plane with fewer rows of three seats

Q TRAVEL - JetBlue, the New York-based carrier, known for making flying in economy actually enjoyable, again, took a step forward in aviation with the premiere of its Airbus A220-300s, that is loaded with perks for budget fliers. Condé Nast Traveler reported that the airline's...

Costa Rica recovers air routes, but international tourism remains lukewarm

QCOSTARICA - The country recovered most of the air routes that were frozen due to the Covid-19 pandemic, confirming the return of 17 international airlines that had slowed down their operations to avoid economic losses. Despite this significant recovery, tourist traffic is lukewarm, to the...

Jetblue resumed flights to Liberia with direct flight from Los Angeles

QCOSTARICA - This Saturday, December 19, the Liberia Airport in Guanacaste (LIR)received the new JetBlue flight from Los Angeles International Airport, California (LAX). JetBlue is one of the eight airlines that returned to Costa Rica after the border closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jetblue's maiden...

Liberia airport restarts operations after months of closure

(QCOSTARICA) This Saturday, September 5, the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, came back to life with the first flight after it was closed for 170 days due to the pandemic. At 12 noon, United Airlines flight arrived from Newark (EWR), New Jersey...

Liberia Airport is third in the world with health accreditation against pandemic

(QCOSTARICA) Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, became the third terminal in the world this Friday with the ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The airports of Los Cabos, Mexico and Istanbul, Turkey, are the first two to...

San Jose airport empty on reopening

(QCOSTARICA) Empty, but ready to receive, is the way to describe the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO) on Saturday, August 1, the first day of the reopening of the air terminal to tourists. Costa Rica barred the arrival of foreign tourists on March 18, a...

Non-Canadian, EU or UK citizens with new entry rules for Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Travelers who are not citizens of countries authorized to fly to Costa Rica for now, such as U.S. citizens, will be able to enter Costa Rica meeting the requirements set out on Tuesday (July 28) by the Dirección General de Migración de Extranjería...

Liberia airport will operate with no flights

(QCOSTARICA) The Daniel Oduber international airport (LIR) in Liberia, it will continue to be closed to international operations despite the fact that the government announced this Thursday the opening of commercial flights for August 1. That air terminal had only confirmed airlines from the United...

Coronavirus and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not?

(QCOSTARICA) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we've updated the list of which airlines have flights to and from Costa Rica and which do not. This is the official information of the Juan Santamaría airport (SJO) up to June 27. Aeroméxico:...

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...

Civil Aviation prepares protocols for full reopening of international airports

What will the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) and Daniel Oduber (Liberia) airports be like post the coronavirus pandemic? That is what is being discussed at the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (Dirección General de Aviación Civil), together with the administrators of the air terminals, as...

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)...

Costa Rica says goodbye…the last of the Canadians

"Costa Rica says goodbye because we are the last flight...... with Air Canada," posted Colette Bélanger on March 25 on her Facebook account. Very touching. The photo was taken at the Daniel Oduber International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste.  

Covid-19: American Airlines suspends flights in Costa Rica

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will suspend all flights to and from Costa Rica as of Thursday, March 26, in the framework of the global pandemic by COVID-19. The airline said in a statement, flights to and from Costa Rica will resume on May 6. "The...

Tourists intended to leave Costa Rica with 83 kilos of chocolate with marijuana

Two men were arrested at the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, accused of trying to smuggle out a large load of marijuana-laced chocolates out of the country. The men attracted the attention of authorities hauling seven pieces of luggage as they...

Ministry of Health insists there is no need to prevent travel with China

Costa Rican airports have a coordination and contingency plan in case someone from China (especially Wuhan) arrives in the country with respiratory symptoms. There are also posters with key information and recommendations for tourists entering or leaving the country. All this is part of the...

Playas del Coco Betting On Cruise Tourism With Dock Construction

Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, could become a tourist destination specialized in the attention of medium-sized cruises. That is the objective of a project that drives the municipality of Carrillo and whose spearhead is the construction of a tourist dock. The purpose is to expand the tourist...

What is the impact of recent turbulence on Costa Rica’s commercial aviation?

Volaris announced on November 13 that it would freeze the growth of its operations in Costa Rica. The risk of a strong increase in costs, the possibility of extending a contract and the current competitiveness of fares are the three axes of the tense...

More Flights between Costa Rica and New York

On November 21, 2019, American Airlines will begin operating a new flight between San Jose and New York, and in December another flight between Liberia and New York will begin. The flight connecting San Jose will be daily, departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport...

Not Good For Costa Rica’s Tourism Image!

Rico's TICO BULL - Earlier this month, on Saturday, June 8 operations at the Daniel Oduber Quiros international airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste, was shut down for several hours. The closure, as explained by the deputy director of Civil Aviation, Álvaro Vargas, was due to...

Not Welcome. Costa Rica Rejects Entry of Canadian With Ties To Drug Gang & Organized Crime

Costa Rica's immigration officials denied a Canadian entry suspected of ties to a drug trafficking gang and organized crime. The Canadian, identified as Dan Hann, was rejected at the Daniel Oduder International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. "The mechanisms of migratory control and the execution of...

Arrivals Faced A 4 Hour Wait At The San Jose Airport on Saturday

A failure in the 'sistema' - system - had thousands of people arriving or leaving Costa Rica waiting. And waiting. And even more waiting. For the passengers of more than a dozen flight arrivals at noon at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport on...

Liberia airport store offer tourists the secrets of the Nicoya longevity

Tourists passing through the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, will be able to take home a bit of the longevity of the Nicoyans. Tea and infusions, flour, pinolillo de maiz morado, café de ojoche, chileras, honey, chocolates, condiments criollos, cookies and carao, are...

Yellow Alert Declared For Costa Rica’s International Airports

Aviación Civil (Civil Aviation) on Friday issued a 'yellow alert' at all international airports in Costa Rica, as a preventive measure, increasing the security controls in the perimeters of Liberia (LIR) and San Jose (SJO) airports while the national strike continues. The General Director of...

Vinci Buys Stake In Costa Rica’s San Jose and Liberia International Airports

France’s Vinci Airports announced the purchase of airports management portfolio of Airports Worldwide, a portfolio comprising operations at twelve airports, that includes a 48.75% stake in Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José and a 45% stake in Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport...

Costa Rica Making A Big Splash In Luxury Tourism

More folks experience luxury travel to invest in the self. Travelers crave a different kind of luxury these days, as more hotels offer the five-star experience. They aren’t looking at the number of stars anymore, nor do they desire to frequent the places that...

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),...

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