Costa Rica Close to Restarting Commercial Flights

Local authorities confirm that sanitary measures for the entry and exit of passengers have already been approved, and so far the plan is to reopen the Juan Santamaría and Daniel Oduber international airports as of August 1.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Civil aviation officials confirm that the first flights that would be authorized to arrive at the air terminal in the Costa Rican capital would come from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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Because of the spread of the covid-19 the country has already had more than four months to close the borders to foreign tourists, since March 18 the authorities only allow the entry of Costa Ricans and residents.

Alvaro Vargas, director of Civil Aviation, told that "... the government is maintaining the reopening of flights at both the Santamaría and Daniel Oduber airports in Liberia for Saturday, August 1. These airports have been closed to commercial flights since March 18, when the measure was issued to prevent the spread of the pandemic."

Vargas said that "... what is still not approved is the totality of protocols concerning the arrival of tourists, since measures have yet to be agreed upon, such as the possible obligation for visitors to take medical insurance before coming to Costa Rica or what is the convenient number of flights to avoid crowding in the terminal."

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The plan of the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) is that as of Friday September 4, the skies of El Salvador will be open for connecting flights and as of September 19 for commercial passenger flights.

Nicaragua: Requirements for Commercial Flights

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Commercial flights entering the country will be required to obtain a fumigation certificate for the aircraft and passengers attempting to enter will be required to take a negative covid-19 test, carried out within a period of no more than 72 hours.

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Commercial Flights: Central America Excluded from the List

July 2020

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.

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.

Airport Closed Until April 19th

March 2020

In El Salvador, authorities decided that commercial flights at the Oscar Romero International Airport will be suspended for the next three weeks due to the health alert the country is facing.

The decision was announced by the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), and details that this is part of the compliance with the state of emergency and Executive Decree No. 12, due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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