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Canatur expects an “explosion” of American tourists for the second half of 2021

QCOSTARICA - Local tourism at Semana Santa gave a brief respite to the tourism sector, especially in beach destinations: the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) recorded an average occupancy of 75%, while the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) reported a flow distributed on...

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...

Costa Rica Opens Land Borders To Tourists Starting Today

QCOSTARICA - Starting today, Monday, April 5, Costa Rica's land borders with Nicaragua and Panama will be gradually opened. Tourists who do not require an entry visa will be the first to be admitted to the country. These are those who belong to groups 1...

Immigration issues resolution extending “tourist” visas

UPDATED: The DGME confirmed that anyone entering the country on or after December 17, 2019, will be allowed to legally stay until June 1st, 2021. QCOSTARICA - Monday evening the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjera (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - posted on...

Travel restrictions in key markets for Costa Rica delay tourism reactivation

QCOSTARICA - The restrictions for travelers imposed by the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, six of the main sources of tourists by air to Costa Rica, are part of the obstacles that delay the reactivation of international tourism. Despite this,...

20 French tourists tested positive for covid-19 in Costa Rica; six are hospitalized

QCOSTARICA - Twenty French tourists who entered Costa Rica in a group tested positive for covid-19 in our country. Six of them remain hospitalized. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health this Tuesday afternoon, reported La Nacion. “We do have a group of 20 French...

Costa Rica maintains its land borders closed to tourists until March 1

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will maintain its land borders closed to the entry of tourists until March 1, 2021. This means that only Costa Ricans or foreigners who have a legal stay authorized under the immigration categories of permanent, temporary, special or non-resident residence subcategory...

Cuba will isolate tourists in hotels due to outbreak of covid-19

Q24N - La Habana (Havana). Cuba announced on Saturday a new peak of 910 cases of COVID-19 infection and released new confinement measures in hotels for tourists entering the country, the Ministry of Public Health reported. The island country has so far (January 30) registered...

Immigration maintains suspended $100 fine to foreigners overstaying

QCOSTARICA - The fine for foreigners who overstay their visa in the country remains suspended, confirmed the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service. The fine established at US$100 for each month of irregular (illegal) stay, is frozen since April...

Health evaluates asking for negative PCR test again to enter the country

QCOSTARICA - The Health Surveillance Directorate of the Ministry of Health is evaluating the possibility of again requiring a negative PCR covid-19 test to travelers who enter Costa Rica. This measure had been eliminated on October 22. The possibility of reinstating the provision was recognized this...

What is the risk of contracting COVID-19 on board a flight?

QTRAVEL - Inflight COVID-19 transmission is extremely rare. Since the start of 2020, there have been 44 confirmed or possible cases of COVID-19 associated with a flight. Over the same period, some 1.2 billion passengers have traveled. That equates to one case for every...

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),...

Foreigners will NOT have their driving privileges extended past Nov 18

QCOSTARICA - Usually, foreigners can use their foreign driver's license for a period of three months from the moment they enter the country, this in accordance with the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law).   However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to land borders restricted...

Panama reopens air borders for tourists after closed for seven months

QCOSTARICA - Panama, on Monday, October 12, reopened its air borders to international flights with tourists, after keeping them closed for seven months due to the covid-19 pandemic. The first flight to touch down was from Miami, U.S., with 157 passengers, including 38 tourists. They...

American Airlines includes Costa Rica in its program to facilitate COVID-19 tests to tourists

QCOSTARICA - American Airlines included Costa Rica among the countries that will be in its program to facilitate the application of tests to detect COVID-19 for travelers. The US airline will offer this option to tourists who travel to Costa Rica from Dallas (DFW) and...

Five US airlines with scheduled flights to Liberia airport after August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Five US airlines already have scheduled flights on their itineraries starting from August 1 to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. They are United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Alaska and Jetblue. César Jaramillo, manager of the terminal's management company, Coriport, confirmed that these...

Costa Rica airports to reopen to tourists on August 1!

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, announced this afternoon Costa Rica's borders to international tourists will be opened on August 1, 2020. The border restrictions will be extended, again, to July 31, 2020, where only Costa Ricans and legal residents (who did not leave...

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...

Don’t Be Fined. Penalty for overstaying in Costa Rica goes into effect

UPDATE (6:02 pm) Following up on the penalties and any moratorium. Our email(s) to Migración have gone unanswered and nothing posted on their website, it was pointed by a reader to the Facebook post of April 17 by the DGME explaining the penalties. The note...

Border closure for foreigners to remain in force until May 15

Costa Rica Health authorities announced this Monday that the closure of the border to foreigners will continue until May 15. The measure introduced mid-March was initially until April 12, then extended to Apr 30, and now for 15 more days. Up to that date, only Costa...

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...

Tourists recognize the danger to see crocodiles on Tarcoles bridge

Tourists who stop to see the crocodiles on the bridge over the Tárcoles River recognize the danger they are exposed to, such as vehicles at high passing speed, no speed limiters and no traffic police presence in the area. Every day, hundreds of tourist make...

‘I Condem Costa Rican Authorities’, Says Mother of Rafting Accident Survivor

"My knees tremble, my heart barely beats and my hands and feet are cold. But my son is alive," were words are of Belen Valladares, the mother of one of the tourists who survived a rafting accident in Quepos on Saturday. Four American tourists and...

At least 16 tourists died tragically while vacationing in Costa Rica in recent months

"We came to live a dream and we are living a nightmare from which we are never going to wake up", described Miguel Ángel Escribano, the husband of Arancha Gutiérrez López - the Spanish woman murdered in Tortuguero last weekend - what his family...

Costa Rica Tourism Big Business

Costa Rica tourism, foreign travel to the country,  generated US$4 billion dollars in income between July 2016 and June of this year. Expenditures of dollars for trips abroad from Costa Rica have also increased. Between July last year and June 2017, an accumulated amount of US$885...

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...

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