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French Tourists with Covid-19 stranded in Costa Rica call for help

"We're guilty, we're at fault for leaving. That's it, I'm saying it clearly,"  Antoine Stefanelli, one of the French tourists stranded in Costa Rica since January 25, after having tested positive for Covid-19, reports Rfi.fr. The group, made up of 22 retirees from La Poste...

Tourist travel expected to return in the second semester: airlines

Q TRAVEL - European airlines and local tourism agencies predict that Costa Ricans could resume tourism travel to the European Union starting in June. This estimate stems from the fact that by then there would be greater control of the pandemic thanks to ongoing vaccination...

Costa Rica’s Buzzy Nicoya Peninsula Is a Natural Haven for Creatives

Condé Nast Traveler - In August 2020, in the middle of lockdown, Costa Rica announced its 30th national park. The former prison island of San Lucas, off Puntarenas on the Pacific coast, is a haven for howler monkeys, bats, spiders, snakes, deer, pheasants, hammerhead...

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...

United Airlines opens two new routes to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (lLIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, received this weekend two new routes from the United Airlines airline from two U.S. major cities, San Francisco (SFO)  and Los Angeles (LAX). The inaugural United Los Angeles - Liberia flight arrived on...

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...

Traveller’s Tale: Costa Rica has reopened to travelers. Here’s what it’s like to visit

LONELY PLANET -  Twenty-one years ago, Costa Rica was the first country I had ever visited outside the United States. Since that first trip, I have been returning as a travel journalist and aficionado of the country. Arenal Volcano may not be spewing lava...

Costa Rica promotes itself as a sustainable sanctuary in Germany

QCOSTARICA - Under the motto, “Costa Rica, my destination as a sustainable sanctuary”, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Costa Rica tourism board -  seeks to conquer the German market. The new tourism promotion campaign will run from October 28 to the end of...

Without vaccine, it would take up to 4 years for the Costa Rica to recover pre-pandemic tourism figures

QCOSTARICA - Without a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it would take Costa Rica between 3 and 4 years to recover the tourist arrival rates reported prior to the health emergency. That is the estimate made by the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, who...

Costa Rica only asks for these 2 requirements to enter by air

QCOSTARICA - From this Monday, October 26, Costa Rica eliminated the request for a negative PCR test for coronavirus COVID-19 as a requirement to enter the country by air. This provision applies to foreigners and nationals. To enter Costa Rica by air through the Juan Santamaria...

Aeroméxico once again bringing tourists to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - This Sunday morning, minutes after midnight, the Mexican airline Aeroméxico resumed operations at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) with a first flight of the three scheduled per week from Mexico City. The flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with takeoff...

Coronavirus and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: which airlines have flights to and from Costa Rica and which don't? This is the official information of the Juan Santamaría International airport in San Jose (SJO) as of October 18: Aeroméxico: Resumed...

United announces new connections between Costa Rica, Los Angeles and San Francisco

QCOSTARICA - United Airlines will offer new direct flights to Costa Rica from Los Angeles and San Francisco. The company confirmed this Friday that on December 19 it will begin operating a flight on Saturdays between Los Angeles (LAX) and the Juan Santamaría International Airport...

Costa Rica opens air borders to ALL countries in November

QCOSTARICA -  As of November 1, Costa Rica will open its air border to all countries. To date, tourists from only a select number of countries have been authorized entry. “This announcement is made with a view to the high season that begins at the...

Open letter to the Minister of Tourism: Time to get serious

QCOSTARICA - OPINION - Dear Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura Sancho, as you have mentioned on various occasions, tourism is the engine that drives Costa Rica's economy. Following your momination to the post on July 8, 2020, you referred to the three key axis in...

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...

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...

Enraged not let in, tourist throws tantrum…He had the wrong test

(QCOSTARICA) A Spanish tourist, claiming to be a journalist, enranged at not being allowed to enter Costa Rica when he arrived on an Iberia flight, in the company of his 80-year-old mother, took the social networks posting a series of videos of the "bronca"...

Costa Rica will admit tourists from 6 more countries: US remains off the list

(QCOSTARICA) In addition to tourists from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union (Schengen countries), this Thursday the Ministry of Health, together with the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), gave the green light for commercial flights from Japan, Thailand, China, Australia, New Zealand,...

Tourists can now enter the country with international insurance!!!

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado; and the ministers of Health, Daniel Salas; and Public Safety, Michael Soto, issued an Executive Decree this Wednesday to allow tourists who want to travel to Costa Rica to use an insurance policy for COVID-19 issued abroad, that...

MEIC validated foreign travel insurance for first reopening flight passengers

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) authorized the use of travel policies, issued by international insurers, on the first reopening flight of Juan Santamaría International Airport, despite the fact that a government decree has not yet authorized them. La Nacion reports that...

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...

President has to act quickly on tourist insurance requirements

(QCOSTARICA) OPINION - Today, August 1, is an important day. The day that Costa Rica's international airports reopen to the much-needed tourists that is expected to revive the country's economy. It is also one day after Costa Rica's president ordered to evaluate the use of...

6 airlines to resume flights to Costa Rica between August and October

(QCOSTARICA) Air France and British Airways confirmed that they will reactivate their regular flights to Costa Rica in October, while Edelweiss would do so in August, reported Aeris, the manager of the Juan Santamaría International (San Jose) airport. Aeris said that British Airways with service...

Reviving U.S. tourism in Costa Rica, a 4-point solution

RICO'S DIGEST - Costa Rica's main source of tourists is being left high and dry in the coronavirus era as Americans are being banned from travel to many countries. Although Costa Rica is not one of those countries, as it maintains a general, for all...

Will the reopening of Costa Rica borders occur on August 1? This says the government

(QCOSTARICA) Will the spike in new cases, increased hospitalizations and deaths of the past couple of weeks delay the reopening of borders to tourists set to occur - for the time being - in less than 30 days? On Monday, the Minister of Public Security,...

Costa Rica is fertile land for “revenge tourism” by Americans

(QCOSTARICA) Betting on the sense of "revenge" that Americans have for having to postpone their travels, should be one of the strategies of Costa Rica when reopening international tourism country, estimates the study by EY consultants, "Why Costa Rica?" La Republica also reports that in...

Tourism Sector: “We Need Phase 3”

(QCOSTARICA) The tourism sector is requesting phase 3 of the reopening program laid out by the government last month, necessary to give the economy a breather, that includes among other things, the return of international tourists and extending the hours of the beaches. Tourism entrepreneurs...

Travel warning due to COVID-19; This could change

(QCOSTARICA) In less than two weeks, Costa Rica's borders could re-open to the arrival of foreigners. The current border restrictions at all land, sea, and airports, unless extended again, end on June 30. That would mean the return of the arrival of tourists as early...

Copa Airlines to resume flights on July 3

Panama's Copa Airlines once again has been forced to extend its announced it plans to resume flights, which is now July 3, with Costa Rica the first of some 40 destinations, half of their schedule previous the Covid-19 pandemic. Copa connects with Costa Rica through...

United Continues Commercial flights to/from Costa Rica

(QCOSTRICA TRAVEL) Commercial flights to Costa Rica continue though the arrival of tourists is prohibited until June 15, and international flight arrivals are permitted only at the Juan Santamaria International (SJO) airport in San Jose. United Airlines is currently offering service between Houston, Texas (IAH)...

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