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The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to information recently updated by the State Department. This according to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in each country and the...

Are you fully vaccinated? You can now enter Spain

Q TRAVEL - Travelers from the European Union or third countries, including Costa Rica, who have fully been vaccinated, will now be able to enter Spain. The measure went into effect on Monday, Jun 7, 2021. Specifically, they must be inoculated, at least 14 days...

Time Zones In Central America

Q TRAVEL - Central America is an isthmus region in the Americas that occupies an area of 521,876 km2 and serves as a connection between the Continents of North America and South America. The region is bordered by Mexico in the north and by Colombia...

What inspired digital nomads to flee America’s big cities may spur legions of remote workers to do the same

Q REPORTS - If one thing is clear about remote work, it’s this: Many people prefer it and don’t want their bosses to take it away. When the pandemic forced office employees into lockdown and cut them off from spending in-person time with their colleagues,...

Postponing travel is the best decision at this time: Daniel Salas

QCOSTARICA - At days to Semana Santa (Easter Week), Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Salas, asks Costa Rican planning to travel during the holidays to postpone if at all possible. "People who have to travel and who can postpone it is a recommendation...

In a week, Costa Rica off and on the list of risk countries in Spain for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Spain had excluded Costa Rica from the list of risk countries to enter by air for presenting a negative covid-19 test (RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, or TMA) before arrival. As of February 22, Costa Rica remained off the list that includes countries in Latin America...

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,...

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...

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...

Quarantine in the United States is only a recommendation; in Canada mandatory

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL - Since last January 26, the United States Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S. The negative result of not...

The Three U.S. airlines that do not want to return to Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – While Copa Airlines decided to expand the number of flights in February to Managua, at least three US airlines continue to resist returning to Nicaragua. US airlines, American, United, and Spirit, continue to postpone its restart of operations in Nicaragua; Delta said...

Guanacaste Resort offers free on-property Covid-19 test for guests traveling to US

Hyatt Hotels announced that all 19 Hyatt resorts in Latin America have arranged for complimentary on-property COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2021, for guests traveling to the U.S. This is valid for the complimentary rapid antigen or RT-PCT testing options up to two registered guests...

Covid-19: Private labs will test anyone who travels to countries that require testing

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, announced this Tuesday afternoon an agreement for private laboratories to help in conducting covid-19 tests for travelers bound for the United States, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries that require a negative covid-19 test...

Nicaragua’s international airport with only one airline

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) suffered this month the loss of one of the only two airlines currently serving the international airport in Managua. The decision by American Airlines not to return this month, not until at least February,  Aeromexico’s...

Requirements to enter Costa Rica for the Holidays

QCOSTARICA - If you are considering visiting Costa Rica leaving the country during the holidays and are concerned about re-entry, you should keep the following details in mind: Entry By Air:  Entry into Costa Rica by air is open to everyone - nationals (Costa Ricans), legal...

What are the Biggest Obstacles to Costa Rica Tourism Recovery?

There was an interesting article this weekend in one of the online Costa Rica dailies. In the article, the president of Canatur (Costa Rica's Chamber of Tourism), Rubén Acón expressed nervousness over the future of tourism, at least in the short-to-mid-term. In the long-term, vaccinations...

The global airline with no passengers, no cargo and flies just one way

(CNN) — The team at Jet Test and Transport runs a global airline -- but the planes fly on a one-way trip without passengers or cargo. They are experts in ferry flights, moving empty aircraft around the world. In the age of Covid-19, with airlines parking...

PAHO urges countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers

QCOSTARICA - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers, insisting that they give a 'false sense of security', and asked not to place them at the center of travel policies. "PAHO does not recommend relying on laboratory...

Canada’s largest city going on Covid lockdown

QTRAVEL - Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Friday warned so-called Canadian "snowbirds," many of whom travel to the US and Mexico during Canadian winters. Although the PM did not warn about Costa Rica, the warning was that Canadians should stay home this year, pointing...

Nicaragua: A Holiday Season without Flights

TODAY NICARAGUA – Avianca, the Colombian based airline, has unintentionally become the only international airline to fly to and from Nicaragua. The rest of the airlines have now postponed until 2021 any return of their planes to the country’s skies. On Friday, November 14th, the...

Costa Rica extens hours on beaches

QCOSTARICA - "Sun and beach tourism is the cornerstone of our industry, expanding visiting hours allows the country to continue reactivating employment," Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura reported on Thursday, in announced that beaches will be open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 10...

Survey reveals what some think about traveling in times of pandemic

QTRAVEL - Surely, in recent days, you have read that Costa Rica is opening its air borders to more international tourists, adding more areas from the United States. From that, a myriad of concerns arise, but the one that must be turning around in most...

Want to learn a foreign language? Alcohol Improves Your Skills, Says Study

(Q TRAVEL) Researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University, and King’s College London gathered 50 native German speakers, all of whom had recently learned to speak Dutch at Maastricht. The participants were then either given a low dose of alcohol or a control beverage...

Is entry into the European Union based on physical location or nationality?

(QCOSTARICA) On July 1 the European Union (EU) Member States approved a list of 15 countries, considered as 'safe' due to their epidemiological situation related to the Coronavirus. Costa Rica is one of the countries not on the list. But, is entry into a EU...

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 agencies “demand” of the government a clear date to restart tourism

(QCOSTARICA) Although they agree that the reopening of borders to international tourists is something that must be carried out gradually, the Costa Rican Association of Travel Agencies - Asociación Costarricense de Agencias de Viajes (ACAV) - considers that it is time for the government...

Rubén Pacheco: “Tourism is in a race with the lion at its back”

The re-opening of international flights, the modification of sanitary regulations, and financial support, all done in a moderate but in a consistent manner, are key to reviving the tourism sector that contributes the most to the national economy. That is the opinion of Rubén Pacheco,...

Two New Yorkers find true love while stuck in Costa Rica amid coronavirus

Before the coronavirus pandemic, two New Yorkers, Matt Robertson and Khani Lee, were just beginning to get to know one another. They had been on a couple of dates and had planned a long weekend getaway in Costa Rica, but due to COVID-19, they...

Antoine Cros, Air France-KLM: “There will be an airfare war in September”

(QCOSTARICA) International air activity could normalize in October, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), but before that, airlines must gradually operate until they regain their occupancy and frequencies. In this scenario, it will be vital to reduce the cost of operation to the...

Emirates Airline Begins Conducting Rapid COVID-19 Tests For Boarding Passengers

Rico's Covid-19 Digest: This from NPR published April 15 , in a move that could be a step toward making air travel palatable to the public again, Emirates Airlines has begun conducting rapid-on site COVID-19 for passengers. The testing began with passengers on a flight...

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