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costa rica new york flights Residents of 8 More US States Will be Allowed Entry to Costa Rica in the Upcoming Weeks

The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, announced this Thursday, September 10 during the daily press conference in relation to the pandemic, that the entry to Costa Rica will be authorized for 7 other USA states as of September 15 and 8th one by October 1st. Residents of the following states will be able to enter Costa Rica after September 15: Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, ...

Costa Rica Flights Covid19 Costa Rica Increases Frequency of International Flights as of September 13

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) confirmed that as of September 13 the country will increase gradually, but significantly, the number of authorized flights from the United States. As of that date, United Airlines will fly daily from Houston, Texas to the Juan Santamaría Airport and three times a week to the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. It is possible that the number of fligh...

Costa Rica New York flights Residents of 12 US States Will be Allowed Entry to Costa Rica as of September

Costa Rica has added another six states of the United States to the list of territories whose residents can enter the country by air for a total of 12. The first six states were announced over a week ago: New York, New Jersey, New Hempshire, Vermont, Main and Connecticut, now the list also includes: Maryland, Virgina and DC that will have authorized access as of September 1st and two weeks lat...

Costa Rica San Lucas Island San Lucas Island in Costa Rica Reopens Doors for Tourism

Costa Rica’s San Lucas Island opened up again this weekend for tourism. San Lucas Island is located off the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica, 5.4 miles from Puntarenas, and has an area of fewer than 500 hectares. This island is famous in Costa Rica because it used to function as a prison from 1873 to 1991; at first just for thieves and other petty crime offenders but later for more dangerous criminals...

Costa Rica Botanika Hotel Construction Officially Underway at Hilton’s Newest Resort in Costa Rica, Botánika Osa Peninsula

After more than 20 years as one of Costa Rica's most iconic billfish sportfishing destinations, Crocodile Bay Resort has begun its transformation into Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton. Slated to open in October 2021, Botánika will belong to a global portfolio of distinctive, upscale hotels and resorts that cater to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experi...

costa rica new york flights Costa Rica Will Allow Entry of Residents From Six US States as of September

As of September 1, Costa Rica will allow entry via air of international tourists from six states of the United States: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Tourism the decision was made because these six states have an epidemiological risk similar or lower than the levels of transmission for Costa Rica. By...

Costa Rica Adventure Tourism New Law to Help Costa Rican Tourism: No More IVA on Tourism Related Products and Services

As we all know Costa Rican economy is suffering especially in the area of tourism. Costa Rica is currently sitting at a historic high 24% unemployment rate which has left hundreds of thousands of people without work and without a means to take care of their families. As of Aug 1st Costa Rica has reopened it's doors to select countries in an attempt to "Reactivate" tourism and for obvious COVID ...

Flights Costa Rica Europe Costa Rica Will Allow Tourists With International Insurance To Enter the Country

The Government has confirmed it will now allow foreign tourists who have purchased international insurance policies to enter the country. When Costa Rica opened its air borders in August 1st, Executive Decree 42513-MGP-S, established that all tourists had to acquire an insurance policy that would cover health and lodging expenses in the event of quarantine due to Covid-19; however, this insuran...

Costa Rica Covid19 Tourism Costa Rica Starts Reactivation of Tourism Sector Maintaining Strict Restrictions

As it was announced by the Government in the past days, Costa Rica partially reopened air borders this August 1st for international flights to and from the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada, with this it also announced the beaches located in areas under yellow alert can now open from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in hopes that this will gradually reactivate the tourism sector which has been s...

Costa Rica Vacation A Complete Breakdown of how Much it Will Cost to get Into Costa Rica on Vacation

So we all have heard that there are new requirements to travel to Costa Rica once the airports reopen to select countries August 1st.  Tourists that plan to visit Costa Rica during the upcoming weeks will have to follow all sanitary measures in place and comply with certain requirements, such as taking a Covid-19 test 48 hours prior to the flight, filling out a form with the information for epi...

Flights Costa Rica Europe Costa Rica Confirms Airports Will Reopen Aug 1 Flights Will Resume With UK, E.U. and Canada

Thursday July 23rd Costa Rica registered 768 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, totaling 13,129 out of which 3,448 have already recovered, 81 people have died and currently, 290 people are hospitalized 43 of them in the intensive care unit. Despite the situation, during the press conference held today, the government confirmed that the country will begin to gradually reopen air borders as of Augu...

Costa Rica Tourism Industry Holidays That Fall on Weekends in Costa Rica Will be Moved to Mondays to Promote Tourism

This Thursday July 16th the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, signed Law number 9875 to Transfer the Holidays (that fall on weekends) to Mondays with the purpose of promoting national tourism during the years 2020 through 2024. The purpose of the bill is to help reactive the tourism sector, one of the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “At this time, it is of utmost importance t...

Costa Rica Coronavirus, Restrictions, Updated Information Costa Rica Covid-19 : Schools, Borders,Tourists Visa and Drivers License Extensions

With a total of 5,836 confirmed cases of Covid-19 through July 8th and 25 deaths related to this virus, the number of cases continues to spike. The Costa Rican Government made new announcements in regards to the restart of the school year, reopening of borders and Tourists Visa Extensions. The Ministry of Education informed that schools won’t reopen for class until at least September, which mea...

Air Costa Rica Flights Current Information About Airline Operations for Costa Rica

Costa Rica's borders will remain officially closed through August 1st. The Juan Santamaria Airport updated the information they have on airlines' operations: AEROMEXICO: operations suspended until further notice. AIR CANADA: will resume operations in September. AIR FRANCE: will resume operations October 14th. AIR PANAMA: operations suspended until further notice. AIR TRANSAT: operations sus...

Costa Rica Tour Guides, Coronavirus, COVID-19 Tour Guide in Costa Rica Catches COVID from Tourists and Flatlines Three Times in the ICU

Marco Paris (57), a popular tour guide from Tibas, toured a group of French tourists for 17 days in March. It almost killed him. He survived for 41 days in the Intensive Care Unit of hospital Mexico, and had to be resuscitated three times after he flat lined. He feels he survived due to excellent medical care, and by the grace of God. He says his story should give hope to all COVID-19 sufferers. ...

Tourism in Costa Rica Holidays that Fall on Weekends Will be Moved to Monday’s to Promote National Tourism

The Legislative Assembly approved in a first debate this Tuesday, June 30th, a bill that proposes moving the national holidays that fall on the weekend to Monday with the purpose of having long weekend and promoting national tourism. This measure will apply for some holidays starting this year and through 2024 but won’t apply to all holidays in order not to have an impact on the public finances...

Costa Rica Beach Vacation If Americans Can’t Return the Reality is Tourism in Costa Rica Won’t Make it

Europe will be reopening its borders to foreign visitors on July 1st, but it looks like the United States will continue to be banned due to the mishandling of the COVID pandemic. What if Costa Rica chooses a similar plan for reopening? The US has the highest number of coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths in the world, and the numbers continue to rise daily. Should Americans be allowed into C...

Costa Rica Economy Covid19 Commerce and Tourism in Costa Rica Await New Guidelines

As of June 24th Costa Rica has registered a total of 2,515 cases of COVID-19, out of which 1,210 patients have recovered, 30 people are still hospitalized and 5 are in the intensive care unit. Several counties and districts remain under orange alert, particularly in the northern Costa Rica and the Paquera district, as well as in the counties of Pavas, Alajuelita and Desamparados in San José. In...

Jaco Beach, Expats, relocating Costa Rica’s Tourism Industry is Surviving on Fumes With no end in Sight

WILL COSTA RICAN TOURISM EVER RETURN? On June 12th, the Costa Rican tourism industry wrote an open letter to President Carlos Alvarado urging him to set a date to reopen airports in Costa Rica. It was signed by 900 movers and shakers of the tourism sector. It also asked for financial support for the tourist industry and better communication between Alvarado’s administration and regional tourism...

Costa Rica Tourism, Costa Rica Economy How Will the Rioting and Protest in the USA Affect Tourism in Costa Rica

This past week’s escalating violence across the USA from “sea to shining sea” will be the last straw for thousands, perhaps millions of retirees and affluent singles and families sick and tired of the current multi-faceted problems facing America -- they will pull up stakes searching for somewhere else to live and enjoy a peaceful life. High on that list of possibilities is Costa Rica. Without ...

Costa Rica Tourism, Residency and Investment When Will Costa Rica Reopen its Borders for Tourism and Residency

Costa Rica had the very first confirmed COVID-19 case in Central America on March 6. Yet this tiny country has since managed to out distance other countries internationally in the fight to protect its population against this pandemic. Costa Rica has the lowest mortality rate from COVID in all Latin America. Just think how amazing that is. They have received praise for their success against the vir...

Costa rica Tourism Covid-19 Airlines Operations Updated Information for Costa Rica

AERIS Holdings, administrator of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica released the following updated information regarding the operation of the different airlines in the country under the current pandemic Covid-19: AEROMEXICO: operations suspended until further notice. AIR CANADA: will resume operations in July. AIR FRANCE: operations suspended until further notice. AIR PA...

Costa rica Tourism Covid-19 Costa Rica Saw a Drop of 51.4% in International Arrivals During March due to Covid-19

It is no secret that in Costa Rica the tourism sector took the biggest impact from Covid-19 pandemic; the numbers shared by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) reflect this reality, for the month of March the country registered only 127,201 international arrivals, a considerable downfall from March 2019 when this number was 276,036. The difference of -51.4% is just the beginning, the month of ...

Air Costa Rica Flights Legal Residents in Costa Rica Will not Lose Their Residency if They Choose to Leave

The General Directorate of Migration (Immigration) established through Executive Decree 42256-MGP-S the temporary measures that are in place through April 30th to prevent the effects and spread of Covid-19 pandemic. According to Laura Gutierrez of Immigration help Costa Rica measures listed in the Executive Decree apply to foreigners who have: Permanent Residency; Special Categories; Non-Residents...

Costa Rica Covid19 VIDEO: Health Alert U.S. Embassy San Jose Costa Rica

UPDATED 3/27/20 Source: US Embassy San Jose "Costa Rica has now announced 263 cases of COVID-19 in the country. As messaged previously, we urge all U.S. citizens who wish to depart Costa Rica to do so now. U.S. citizens who remain in Costa Rica should be prepared to remain in Costa Rica for an indefinite period. For the latest list on the very limited flights into/out of San Jose and Liberia...

VIDEO: Costa Rican Tourism, Postpone Don’t Cancel

Video Credit and thanks to Adam Baker and Namu Travel Group. ***Repost from the President of Costa Rica*** We all know that small businesses, restaurants, workers in the service industry, etc. have been affected economically by covid-19. The entire travel industry; airlines, hotels, tour companies, travel agencies, entire countries, and everyone in between were immediately impacted by cov...

Costa Rica, Perpetual Tourism, Border Runs, Expats Perpetual Tourists are in Trouble as Costa Rica Closes its Borders

Costa Rica, like the rest of the world, is in a full-blown war against the coronavirus COVID-19. Officials are making every effort possible to prevent this deadly virus from entering the country, and from spreading within its borders. There have been 50 confirmed cases of infection in Costa Rica. The virus first arrived via two American tourists who visited asymptomatic in early March. They quickl...

Costa Rica Alerts Understanding Green, Yellow and Red Alerts in Costa Rica

This Sunday, March 8 the National Emergency Commission (CNE) in Costa Rica declared an interinstitutional yellow alert due to the recent rapid cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). The alert system used in Costa Rica for emergencies simply allows institutions to know how to proceed under particular circumstances. GREEN ALTERT is issued when a specific phenomenon is expected to affect or endanger ...

Tourism in Costa Rica Costa Rica Ranks Top 2 for Tourism Locations of the Future 2020

Costa Rica has 6,5% of the world’s biodiversity and talent as its flagship differentiating resources which might amaze its visitors, just like it did to FDI Intelligence’s judging panel. They chose Costa Rica as the top-two country globally for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Strategy in fDi’s Tourism Locations of the Future 2019/20 rankings. Australia tops the list. The ranking belongs to the ...

Costa Rica Tourism Irina Shayk Costa Rica’s Tourism Industry Benefits From Celebrity Visits

Photo Credit: Irina Shayk Instagram Sam Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Martin (Coldplay) and his girlfriend Dakota Johnson, Gina Rodríguez, Christian Bale and Irina Shayk are just some of the celebrities that chose Costa Rica as their vacation destination this December and not only does this mean they spent money in the country benefiting local businesses, but they also help put the name of ...

US Costa Rica Travel Alert The US Elevates the Travel Alert for Costa Rica

The United States Government elevated the travel alert for Costa Rica from a Level 1: Exercise Normal Caution to a Level 2: Exercise increased caution in Costa Rica due to crime. "While petty crime is the predominant threat for tourists in Costa Rica, violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault, occurs in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government provides additional securit...

Hacienda Altagracia Costa Rica Gencom Acquires Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica

Hospitality investment and development firm Gencom announced the acquisition of Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, a high-end resort in the mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica. The resort was originally conceived and developed as a family retreat and coffee farm in a storied agricultural town and has consistently ranked among the top resorts in Central Ame...

Flights Germany Costa Rica Condor Will Fly Direct From Frankfurt Germany to Costa Rica Starting October 2020

German airline CONDOR will be offering a direct flight connecting Frankfurt, Germany to San Jose, Costa Rica, starting October 2020, reinforcing Costa Rica as a destination and eliminating the stop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The route will operate Thursdays and Sundays in a Boeing 767-300 with capacity for 255 passengers, (18 in Business class, 35 in Premium and 202 in Coach). The pl...

costa rica new york flights American Airlines Now Flies Directly From New York to San Jose, Costa Rica

American Airlines inaugurated this Thursday its new daily flight that will connect the JFK International Airport in New York and the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose. The first flight landed at 8:30 p.m. in Costa Rica with 160 people aboard. “This new route is an example of our commitment to Costa Rica”, commented Rafael Sánchez, Regional head of Operations for American Airlines. “Very ...

National Park Costa RIca Manuel Antonio National Park Ready for High Season in Costa Rica

Thanks to a strong inter-institutional coordination, the support of the community and the private sector, the Ministry of Energy and Environment (MINAE) was able to implement several improvements at the Manuel Antonio National Park to respond to tourist visitation, guaranteeing the protection of ecosystems and the good service to visitors. This National Park, created in 1972, protects 352 plant...

Costa Rica Cartoons, Simpsons VIDEO: D’oh The Simpsons Travel to Costa Rica

On Sunday, November 17th, Fox TV aired episode #669 of the famous cartoon family The Simpsons, in “Livin’ La Pura Vida”, in which the entire Simpson family and members of their Springfield community visit Costa Rica on vacation. Amazing. La Nacion newspaper commented about the episode, saying that it “without a doubt, positions tourist information (about Costa Rica) before the eyes of the world.” ...

Kardashians Costa Rica Kim Kardashians Daughter has a Country Crush on Costa Rica

Costa Rica (Rich Coast), has become a favorite playground for rich and famous Americans, i.e. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Gisele Bundchen, Mel Gibson, Usher, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many other celebrity Americans who visit Costa Rica to unwind, relax and have quality time with their families. Recently Kim Kardashian’s oldest daughter, North West, daughter of Kanye West, and barely 6-years old, has f...

Costa Rica Dallas FLights Sun Country Airlines Will Connect Costa Rica and Dallas Texas in 2020

Sun Country Airlines announced it will be adding the route the Costa Rica-Dallas route to its options starting the summer of 2020. Sun Country will connect Dallas, -Fort Worth (DFW) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) during the months of June, July and August 2020, with a flight departing at 8:00 a.m. from the Dallas Fort Worth airport ad arriving at the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, Guanacaste a...

Costa Rica Domestic Flights SkywayCR Now Flies From Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro Panama

SKYWAY Costa Rica annouced its new flights to Bocas del Toro, Panama. "A short 45-minute flight from San Jose Costa Rica, Panama’s popular destination offers white sand beaches, clear water and a fun party atmosphere. It is a great add-on to a vacation to Costa Rica or a stand-alone getaway", states the press release. Flights are available Thursday through Monday each week. Located on the north...

Three Americans on Vacation in Costa Rica Killed by Drunk Driver

Early Saturday morning, three American tourists and their Costa Rican van driver were killed in a head- on vehicular crash near La Cruz, Guanacaste. They were traveling in a minivan, when they were hit by a truck driven by a Salvadoran citizen, who remains unidentified. The three who were killed were a 46-year old couple by the last name of Niemiec, and their 50-year old fellow passenger whose las...