Commercial Flights: Central America Excluded from the List

As part of the reopening of borders and the revival of commercial flights, the European Union did not include any country in the region in its initial list of markets authorized to resume commercial flights.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Because of the covid-19 outbreak, commercial flights continue to be suspended in all Central American countries; however, it is expected that in the coming weeks restrictions will be lifted and airports in the region will begin to normalize their operations.

See "Travel Agencies: Interest in Central America"

According to a statement from the Council of the European Union, dated June 30, the travel restrictions should be lifted only in the case of the countries listed in the recommendation.

In the first list, it has been authorized to reopen the borders to the citizens of 15 countries, who according to the Council are at less risk from the spread of the virus. From Latin America only Uruguay is listed.

Also see "Tourism and Travel: Consumer Interests and Preferences"

In this scenario Rafael Mencia, executive director of Aeris Holding, the company managing the Juan Santamaria airport in Costa Rica, told Nacion.com that "... the terminal is already ready to receive tourists, but they cannot afford a false step, because it would be even more negative to enable commercial flights and then back out. The first airlines to come again would be from Panama, Colombia, the United States and Spain."

The next review by the Council of the European Union will be on July 14.

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