Costa Rica will Receive Central American Flights

In the context of the economic reopening, it was announced that as of October 15, Costa Rican air terminals will begin to receive flights carrying citizens from Central America and Panama.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, air transport between Costa Rica and the other countries in the region has been interrupted since March. Seven months later, authorities removed the restriction and airlines will be able to begin operating these flights.

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The strategic importance of Central America and Panama for Costa Rica is business tourism, which is the main reason for those who choose to travel by air to visit us from these countries, informed the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

See "Central America: Interest in Travel is Recovering"

The requirements for the entry of citizens from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, are as follows:

-Complete the digital form called Health Pass and available at
-Test COVID-19 PCR and get a negative result, the sample for the test must be taken maximum 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica.
-Mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19 illness. Such insurance can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurance companies.

The official statement details that it was also decided that the beaches will be open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting October 15, however, the municipalities may limit schedules if required.

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