Costa Rica will open its borders to foreign tourists on August 1, Health Minister Daniel Salas announced on Friday.
At that time, the country will allow flights from countries that have controlled the spread of the coronavirus.
Salas did not immediately detail which countries could be included in that list, although the Costa Rican 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 almost finalized its protocols for arriving tourists. The country’s international airports have anticipated some of those measures, which could include visitors who present an epidemiological form created by the Ministry of Health.
The date of August 1 applies to both the Juan Santamaría International Airport, near San José, and the Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.
“We are completely ready for a prompt return,” said Aeris, which operates the San José area airport, the busiest in Costa Rica. “We have prepared ourselves with the objective of applying health protocols under the supervision of the respective authorities that guarantee the safety 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 represents approximately 8.2% of Costa Rica’s GDP.
Source: The Tico Times