Friday 22 January 2021

Tourist arrivals to Costa Rica fell 68% last year compared to 2019

Report from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute details that in 2020 a total of 1,011,912 foreign visitors entered the country

QCOSTARICA – Arrivals of foreign tourists to Costa Rica by all routes fell 67.7% last year, compared to 2019 figures, although that third is estimated to be a good result in the middle of a pandemic.

The photo of Tamarindo in November is a reflection of the very slow recovery in Costa Rica’s tourism. Even so, it is recovering faster than other competitors. Photo: Rafael Pacheco

According to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) – Costa Rican Tourism Board – released Wednesday, January 13, throughout 2020 a total of 1,011,912 tourists visited the country.

- Advertisement -

In 2019, total visitation (by air, land and sea) reached a total of 3,139,008 tourists, according to the ICT statistical reports.

During 2020, the air borders remained closed between March and August, when a gradual opening began, first with the European market and then to all tourists.

The ICT considered that reaching a third of visitors compared to the previous year, is a good result under the circumstances, since many of Costa Rica’s competitors barely reached 5%.

The end of 2020 allowed the tourism sector to recover a bit. Photo: Courtesy ICT.

Gradual increase

- Advertisement -

The report indicates that 71,000 tourists arrived in the country by air in December 2020, almost doubling the arrivals in November 2020 when 36,044 tourists visited, according to data from the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería – Costa Rica’s immigration service, and analyzed by the ICT.

These figures indicate a recovery, albeit very slow, in tourist visits to Costa Rica, detailed the ICT.

In December 2019, a total of 134,624 tourists from the United States arrived by air, Costa Rica’s major tourist market.

Read more: ICT seeks to make COVID-19 tests cheaper for tourists returning to the United States

“The uncertainty and restrictions derived from the pandemic caused world tourism to collapse and the country received a third of the tourists than normal in Costa Rica,” said Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura.

However, he emphasized, had the air and maritime borders were open only seven months of the year, of which only 4.5 months open to all the countries (January 1 to March 23 and November and December).

- Advertisement -

“Each tourist who visits Costa Rica contributes to recovering the tourism sector, a process that, as we have repeatedly pointed out, will be gradual. Tourist visitation also activates a series of productive chains,” explained the Minister.

Read more: U.S. to require pre-flight Covid tests for all international travelers

Segura added that the reactivation with the United States behaves much better than with Europe since that continent had to return to new confinements due to the impact of the pandemic.

European countries with the most visitors in 2019 were France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands (Holland), the ICT said in the statement.


- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

KLM suspends flights to Costa Rica due to new health restrictions from the Dutch government

QCOSTARICA - KLM, the Dutch airline, decided to suspend all its...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica drops to its lowest levels in three months: 0.89

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate, also called the R rate, of...


At 11 months to delivery, the road to Limón missing 440 expropriations

QCOSTARICA - Road construction, more to the point, delivery of finish projects, has been a low point for Costa Rica's Ministerio de Obras Publicas...

In Costa Rica we also have violent groups and angry Trumpists

QCOSTARICA - This week millions will watch the transfer of powers in the United States with one question on their minds: What to do...

Cycling his way to the top

Andrey Amador Bikkazakova is the first Costa Rican to compete in the Tour de France as a professional road bicycle racer. Andrey rode with...

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...

Oxford Study: Electoral system allows politicians to camouflage the spread of ‘fake news’ in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The ambiguity with which the political parties' spending reports are written makes it difficult for citizens to monitor what type of digital...

6 year old girl dies of causes associated with covid-19: it is the fourth death of a child

QCOSTARICA - A six-year-old girl, with a fundamental neurological problem, became the fourth child fatality due to causes linked to covid-19. The girl died on...

KLM suspends flights to Costa Rica due to new health restrictions from the Dutch government

QCOSTARICA - KLM, the Dutch airline, decided to suspend all its long-haul international flights starting this Friday, including those to and from Costa Rica. This...

Price of Tomato beginning to return to normal

QCOSTARICA - This report may seem odd to some, but not for those who the grocery shopping, who noted the sharp increase in prices...

16,575 more vaccines arrived in the country to combat Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The fifth batch of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine arrived in Costa Rica Tuesday night, January 19. The 16,575 doses landed at 9 pm on...

Want to stay up to date with the latest?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and get updates daily in your mailbox. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.