• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rica will open its borders to tourists on August 1

June 26, 2020

Costa Rica will open its borders to foreign tourists on August 1, Health Minister Daniel Salas announced Friday.

At that time, the country will allow flights from countries that have controlled the spread of the coronavirus.

Salas did not immediately detail what countries could be included on that list, though the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has proposed allowing visitors from the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada.

“We will announce that with more detail in an appropriate moment,” Salas said Friday regarding the list of countries.

“It will go hand-in-hand with what other countries, such as European ones, are managing.”

Salas also said Friday that the country has nearly finalized its protocols for arriving tourists. The country’s international airports have previewed some of those measures, which could include visitors presenting an epidemiological form created by the Health Ministry.

That protocol will be announced in July, Salas said.

The August 1 date applies to both Juan Santamaría International Airport, near San José, and Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

“We are completely ready for a prompt return,” said Aeris, which operates the San José-area airport, Costa Rica’s busiest. “We have prepared with the goal to apply health protocols under the supervision of respective authorities that guarantee the security and protection of passengers.”

Repatriation and cargo flights can continue throughout July, Aeris said.

Costa Rica’s borders have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. During that time, Costa Rica has allowed only citizens and residents (with some exceptions) to enter the country.

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

In 2019, more than 1.3 million tourists came to Costa Rica from the United States, more than any other single country by far.

You may be interested

Watch: All the goals Costa Rican clubs scored in the Champions League
Soccer
2085 views
Soccer
2085 views

Watch: All the goals Costa Rican clubs scored in the Champions League

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 15, 2021

Here are all the goals Saprissa and Alajuelense scored when representing Costa Rica at the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League: Both…

Kamala Harris to visit Mexico, Guatemala to discuss migrants
Latin America
5 views
Latin America
5 views

Kamala Harris to visit Mexico, Guatemala to discuss migrants

AFP - April 14, 2021

US Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday she will visit Mexico and Guatemala as part of her mission to address…

Spanish TV show to feature Costa Rica travel
Costa Rica
15 views
Costa Rica
15 views

Spanish TV show to feature Costa Rica travel

The Tico Times - April 14, 2021

The Spanish television program "Planeta Calleja" will feature Costa Rica in its upcoming season, the Tourism Board (ICT) says. Jesús…