CRC Daily: What airlines are flying to Costa Rica?

The number of flights to Costa Rica keeps increasing.

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Since November 1, tourists from across the world can enter Costa Rica. As we detailed here, the requirements for visitors are as follows:

  • Tourists must enter via a flight or boat. Costa Rica’s land borders remain closed for arriving tourists. 

  • Tourists must have health insurance that covers COVID-19 and quarantine expenses.

  • Everyone entering Costa Rica must complete the “Health Pass” form.

Unfortunately, as the pandemic continues to damper demand, not all airlines have resumed service to Costa Rica. Here’s the latest:

Airlines flying to the San José area (SJO)

This list comes from directly from the airport. Dates are subject to change.

  • AeroMexico: Resumed service from Mexico City.

  • Air Canada: Resumed service from Toronto.

  • Air France: Resumed service from Paris.

  • Air Transat: Service remains suspended.

  • Alaska Airlines: Resumed service from Los Angeles.

  • Albatros: Service remains suspended.

  • American Airlines: Resumed service from Miami and Dallas.

  • Avianca: Resumed service from El Salvador and Bogotá (Colombia).

  • British Airways: Service remains suspended until 2021.

  • Condor: Service remains suspended.

  • Copa Airlines: Resumed service from Panama and Guatemala.

  • Delta Air Lines: Resumed service from Atlanta, and today from Los Angeles.

  • Edelweiss: Will resume service on December 23 from Zurich.

  • Iberia: Resumed service from Madrid.

  • InterJet: Service remains suspended.

  • JetBlue: Resumed service from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and New York. Launching a new route on December 20 from Los Angeles.

  • KLM: Resumed service from Amsterdam.

  • LaTam: Service remains suspended until 2021.

  • Lufthansa: Resumed service from Frankfurt.

  • Southwest: Service remains suspended until 2021.

  • Spirit: Resumed service from Fort Lauderdale.

  • United: Resumed service from Houston, New York (Newark), Chicago and Washington. Launching new routes from Los Angeles and Denver this month.

  • Volaris: Resumed service from Mexico City and Cancún.

  • WestJet: Service remains suspended.

  • Wingo: Resumed service from Bogotá.

Airlines flying to Guanacaste (LIR)

This list comes from CentralAmerica.com. Dates are subject to change.

  • American Airlines: Resumed service from Miami and Dallas.

  • Delta Air Lines: Resuming service this month from Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

  • JetBlue: Resumed service from New York. Resuming service this month from Los Angeles.

  • United: Resumed service from New York (Newark), Houston and Denver.

Airlines adjust to COVID-19

Many airlines have relaxed or changed ticket policies as a result of the pandemic. Let’s take a look at the U.S. airlines flying to Costa Rica:

  • Alaska: The airline has permanently eliminated change fees and has a “Peace of Mind” waiver for flights booked through March 31, 2021.

  • American: The airline has permanently eliminated change fees for international flights, excluding basic economy tickets.

  • Delta: The airline has permanently eliminated change fees for international flights, excluding basic economy tickets. They are also the only U.S. airline to continue blocking middle seats.

  • JetBlue: The airline is waiving change and cancel fees for tickets purchased by February 28, 2021.

  • Spirit: The airline is waiving change and cancel fees for tickets purchased by December 31, 2020.

  • United: The airline has permanently eliminated change fees, excluding basic economy tickets.

Note that travelers may have additional flexibility for basic economy tickets on United, Delta or American, depending on when they were purchased.

The above airlines require that passengers wear a face mask at all times when onboard.

Will Costa Rica require the coronavirus vaccine?

There is currently no indication that Costa Rica will require a coronavirus vaccine from tourists. There is some precedent for this, however: Costa Rica does mandate that travelers from certain countries receive the Yellow Fever vaccine.

Given the global supply constraints for coronavirus vaccines and Costa Rica’s desire to revive its tourism sector, we would be surprised if the country mandated a COVID vaccine from visitors.

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