This week Costa Rica received the first flights from the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, and authorities see as the first steps towards reactivating the much-needed tourism sector.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) confirmed that as of mid-September, the number of authorized flights from the United States increases gradually. Costa Rica, particularly the Guanacaste region, is highly dependent on tourists from the US.
United Airlines, as of September 13th, will add flights to Liberia, Guanacaste air terminal with the goal of increasing the number of flights in October. United has also announced plans to resume flights once weekly (on Saturdays) from Newark to Liberia. American Airlines also confirmed 5 weekly flights to Liberia from Miami, Florida and once a week from Dallas, Texas.
Entry Requirements for US Residents (4 requirements apply to enter Costa Rica):
- Complete the epidemiological digital form called a health pass. , found at https://salud.go.cr/
- Perform the PCR test and obtain a negative result; The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before the flight to Costa Rica.
- Mandatory travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID * 19 illness. Said insurance can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers.
- Proof of residence in an authorized state through a driver’s license or state ID.
Source: CR Hoy