July 6. The country received 117,527 arrivals last month, continuing an upward trend that has persisted through much of 2021. Each month since March 2021 has been Costa Rica’s best for international travel during the pandemic.
The United States remains the main source market for tourists to Costa Rica. In June, 94,750 U.S. Americans entered Costa Rica — representing 80% of the total for June.
Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, had a particularly impressive month, welcoming nearly as many people in June 2021 as it did in June 2019. Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO), on the other hand, had about a 50% drop.
Tourism is one of Costa Rica’s principal economic drivers. Before the pandemic, it contributed to 8.2% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and created 9% of the nation’s jobs, according to the ICT.
While Costa Rica is welcoming tourists from anywhere in the world, measures related to the pandemic continue to complicate international travel. The United States, for example, requires a negative Covid-19 test before returning on a flight from abroad. And in Europe, the United Kingdom has added Costa Rica to its “red list.”
Source: The Tico Times