Thursday 19 May 2022

Three U.S. airlines resume their flights to Costa Rica

American Airlines, Spirit, and United Airlines resume regular flights this week to the Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber airports; COPA and AVIANCA airlines will also resume regional flights this week.

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(QCOSTARICA) Three US airlines, American, United and Spirit, resume regular flights to and from Costa Rica this week, to both the Juan Santamaría (SJO) airport in San Jose and Daniel Oduber (LIR) airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

American reported that it will have two flights to San Jose from Dallas on Wednesdays, the first arrived yesterday; the other will be from Miami (MIA) on Thursdays, the first confirmed for this Thursday to arrive at 11:38 am.

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For flights to Liberia, the first would be on October 8, according to a statement from the airline.

“With our long-awaited return to Costa Rica, we reaffirm our 30-year commitment to the country and to Central America,” said Rafael Sánchez, American’s regional manager for Central America.

United Airlines was the first to resume flights to Costa Rica, on September 3, with its flight from Newark and New York airports, to Juan Santamaría. Scheduled flights from Houston resume on September 13.

This company also has a weekly flight from New York (JFK) to Liberia.

From Houston (IAH), there will be three flights weekly on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, reported the company Coriport, administrator of the terminal.

The flight from Houston today, September 10, landed at 10:16 am; the flight from Newark (EWR)  is confirmed to arrive at 11:37 am.

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Also, today, Thursday, September 10, Spirit airlines is confirmed to arrive at the Juan Santamaría airport at 11:50 am from For Lauderdale (FLL). The airline did not confirm its schedule of flights.

Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism, stressed that the gradual opening of the country to international flights has been well received by airlines.

“Starting in October, American Airlines would be flying five times a week to Liberia, from Miami, and once a week from Dallas. These flights only bring passengers from the states authorized to enter Costa Rica,” Segura explained.

American tourists who come to the country must have current travel insurance, either international coverage (which can now be verified online prior to arrival) or from local providers, INS or Sagicor, for the period of their visit in Costa Rica, with a guarantee of coverage for medical expenses in case of illness due to COVID-19 for at least US$50,000 and the minimum coverage for US$2,000 for lodging expenses.

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Additionally, American tourists must demonstrate that they live in the authorized states of entry to the country, by way of their state’s driver’s license or state ID.

Currently, only residents of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; starting Tuesday, September 15, the residents of Pennsylvania, Colorado and Massachusetts will be able to.

Important to note that, despite flights departing the U.S. from cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Houston and Dallas, Texas, residents of either two states are not authorized for entry into Costa Rica.

The ICT is allowing transfers, for example, a Colorado resident can fly to Dallas or Houston and onto Costa Rica or a European tourist who can now travel to Miami and then flight to Costa Rica. In both examples, the tourist is transit should leave the airport.

On social networks, over the last couple of days, there was some confusion, created in particular by one website that speculated States would be authorized statting October 1.

It expected that more States will be added, but if they are and which ones, at this is time is pure speculation.

Visitors must also have a negative coronavirus PCR test, which must be carried out a maximum of 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica.

Regional airlines

Panama’s flag carrier, Copa Airlines is expected to resume flights to San José from Panama today, Thursday, and Colombia’s Avianca will do so, from El Salvador, from September 20.

Costa Rica kept its air borders closed since last March 18 as part of the measures to prevent the massive spread of COVID-19.

International flights returned to the country, since August when Iberia and Lufthansa resumed their flights to Costa Rica.

Borders situation

Currently, air and sea borders are open to tourists from authorized countries, foreign residents of Costa Rica, and Costa Rican nationals.

The land borders continue restricted to only Costa Rica nationals.

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