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Avianca to fly direct San José and Miami starting July 1

QCOSTARICA - Avianca airlines announced that starting next July 1, 2021, it will fly daily non-stop between San José (SJO) and Miami (MIA). The Colombia flag airline reported, in a press release, that the route will be covered by an Airbus A320, with a capacity...

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...

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...

Domestic flights at Juan Santamaría Airport begin to recover

QCOSTARICA - Domestic flights at the Juan Santamaría SJO Domestic Termina are experiencing a tepid recovery, after the forced pause caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Passenger traffic at the "domestic terminal" is 42% for the first almost three complete months of this year, compared to...

The year of the pandemic: the Juan Santamaría went from ‘bustling’ to desolation

QCOSTARICA - Within a few months, the Juan Santamaría International Airport or San Jose airport (SJO), went from being “bustling” to becoming a practically deserted place. It went from being crowded with passengers to being filled with pain. In January 2020, a total of 551,664...

24 Travelers found with false covid-19 test at San Jose airport

QCOSTARICA - A total of 24 travelers, so far, face problems with the law when discovered trying to leave Costa Rica, through the San Jose airport, with a fake covid-19 test. Though Costa Rica does not require a covid test to leave the country by...

Foreigners tried to leave Costa Rica with falsified covid-19 tests

QCOSTARICA - Four foreigners, including two minors, tried to leave Costa Rica using Covid-19 tests with negative results, which were determined to be falsified. The fact was announced on Tuesday by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), detailing that the event occurred on Monday afternoon...

San Jose airport makes changes for picking up arriving passengers

QCOSTARICA - Picking up family or friends at the San Jose airport? If so, take note of the changes effective today, Monday, February 1, 2021, in the arrivals area of the terminal. For those who have visited the airport recently will have noticed the building...

Government compensated Aeris for less air traffic at San Jose airport

QCOSTARICA - Given the decrease in air traffic in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Carlos Alvarado government had to economically compensate the operator of the Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO). In total, the government had to pay Aeris US$29.9 million dollars in compensation, according...

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...

Transport Minister: “We have to forget about the airport in Orotina for a few years”

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transport - intends to begin negotiations with the manager of the Juan Santamaría airport (SJO) this year to extend the contract, which will remain the country's main airport ...

Volaris Costa Rica resumed operations on Monday

QCOSTARICA - Volaris Costa Rica resumed operations in Central America as of this Monday, November 23, after several months slowed down by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The low-cost airline connects Costa Rica and the region with Mexico and the United States. In principle,...

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...

Coronavirus and flights: There are the airlines arriving and departing from Costa Rica as at November 2

QCOSTARICA - Though Costa Rica has, as of November 1, opened its air and maritime borders to all and land borders to foreigner residents, we and the world is still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. So, which airlines have flights to and from...

Three European airlines resume flights to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Three European airlines announced Friday they are ready to resume flights to Costa Rica, the first will be Air France, arriving at the San Jose airport (SJO) on October 31. The flight will be from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris (CDG),...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on August 1. However, the opening of commercial flights has not yet brought the Juan Santamaría airport closer to full operations. In August, 6,071 passengers passed through the principal air terminal in the country, which represented...

San Jose airport lays off 22 caused by COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) The San Jose airport manager, Aeris, confirmed the dismissal of 22 people on August 28 as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the reduction in airport operations. The company said the cutbacks are in the administrative and operational areas. It also assured...

American Airlines Proposes Dates To Resume Flights To Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) American Airlines applied to Costa Rica's Civil Aviation to resume commercial and repatriation flights between Costa Rica and the United States. The U.S. airline proposed to resume repatriation flights from Thursday, August 20, and to operate regular scheduled flights as of Wednesday, September 9. This...

Lufthansa confirms 2 weekly flights with Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Lufthansa, the German airline, confirmed that it will operate 2 weekly flights between Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). Through a press release, the company reported on Wednesday that the operation will continue with the 2 weekly flights - at least...

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...

Opening of commercial flights to the country begins on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) The Government on Thursday detailed opening up Costa Rica's airports to international commercial flights, for now, from Canada, the European Union*, and the United Kingdom, as of August 1. The first flights to arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose,...

Opening dates at airports in the region

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica confirmed this Thursday the opening of its air borders starting on August 1, for a very limited market: commercial flights from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom. The country would thus become one of the first in the region to...

The requirements for travelers and the protocols at airports on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 1, 2020, Costa Rica will reopen its airports to travelers from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as announced this Thursday. The minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that the reopening of the country's international airports will be gradual and...

(Video) COVID-19 Protocols at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Costa Rica's main international airport, the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), in San Jose gets is ready to welcome back the international visitors. The airport operator, Aeris, taken all precautions to welcome visitors safely. More videos on Costa Rica here.

Coronaviruses and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not to July 20?

(QCOSTARICA) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, there is confusion and uncertainty on air travel to and from Costa Rica, airports open or closed, which airlines are providing flights and which are not. One, the country's airports are open, but only the Juan Santamaria...

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:...

“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...

Opening to international tourism would start with countries without magnified transmission of COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) Without giving a specific date, including not commenting if the current restrictions of the arrival of tourists will be lifted or extended, the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, confirmed that the eventual opening of borders for international tourism will take place gradually and...

Juan Santamaría Airport ready to operate commercial flights

The Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or San Jose airport has the sanitary protocols ready to operate commercial flights if and when the Ministry of Health gives the word, confirmed Rafael Mencía, executive director of Aeris Costa Rica, the terminal's management company. Measures such as...

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

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which airlines have flights to and from Costa Rica and which are not? This is the official information from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) as of June 17. Aeroméxico: Suspended operations until further notice. ...

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