Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica Tourism Board proposes allowing visitors from EU, UK and Canada

June 24, 2020

The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has proposed that the government welcome visitors from the European Union and the United Kingdom, followed by Canada.

In a Wednesday press release, the ICT “respectfully requested” Costa Rica’s major international airports be allowed to accept commercial and private flights from select countries starting July 1.

“Beginning with flights from the European Union and the United Kingdom, for citizens and residents of that region, [and] continuing with those of Canada,” the ICT statement read.

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier Wednesday that the government will announce firm plans for international tourism later this week.

The ICT’s request should not be considered as that official announcement, but it could suggest at the country’s short- and medium-term plans for economic reactivation through tourism.

“If international tourism is not reactivated for the months of July and August, the survival of many tourist small businesses dependent on foreign markets could be threatened,” the ICT said.

“Medium and large companies have warned that, if [tourism] does not resume in those months, they would postpone their openings until November with a consequent extension of contract suspensions and a clear effect on unemployment.”

The Tourism Board said it has helped to develop protocols for contact tracing visitors, and to address the eventuality that foreigners will require hospitalizations or extended isolation.

It did not provide further details regarding those protocols.

An official announcement from the Health Ministry and the Costa Rican Presidency is expected later this week. (To reiterate, this ICT request is not that official announcement.)

Tourism comprises an estimated 8.2% of Costa Rica’s GDP.

You may be interested

FIFA reveals official 2022 Qatar World Cup schedule
Costa Rica
347 views
Costa Rica
347 views

FIFA reveals official 2022 Qatar World Cup schedule

AFP - July 15, 2020

Qatar will kick off the 2022 Men's World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organizers announced on…

Costa Rica still plans August airport reopening, Health Ministry says
Costa Rica
4776 views
Costa Rica
4776 views

Costa Rica still plans August airport reopening, Health Ministry says

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 15, 2020

Despite a recent increase in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Costa Rica still plans to reopen its airports for international…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 15, 2020
Costa Rica
21378 views
Costa Rica
21378 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 15, 2020

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 15, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 504 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 8,986 cumulative known cases, the Health…