Although Costa Rica plans to reopen San Jose and Liberia airports for commercial flights on August 1, the land borders with Panama and Nicaragua will remain closed.
During the swearing-in on Wednesday, he said the current August 1 reopening schedule does not include land borders at this time.
Most foreigners in Costa Rica on a tourist visa renew by crossing into Nicaragua or Panama and returning. Since Costa Rica closed its borders in March, these visas runs haven’t been possible.
As Costa Rica confirms land borders aren’t opening anytime soon and extends tourist visas until Nov 18, it’s worth pulling this residency v visa run article out again:https://t.co/sOSHCcoigE
— CentralAmericaLiving (@VidaAmerica) July 9, 2020
Technically-speaking, both land borders and airports are still open in Costa Rica.
Costa Rican citizens and residents can still enter the country by land. Merchandise still enters and leaves Costa Rica by land from its neighboring countries.
Even SJO Airport, contrary to popular opinion, is not closed. Humanitarian (rescue/repatriation) flights still come and go. Cargo flights still operate. Liberia Airport in Guanacaste will also allow some rescue/repatriation flights this month.
Repatriation Flights from Central America for Foreign Nationals in July https://t.co/z7KhQ9aTid
— CentralAmericaLiving (@VidaAmerica) July 6, 2020
The borders and airports are only closed to foreign visitors/tourists and residents who left early on in the pandemic.
As August 1 approaches, Cosa Rica’s Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) reported that they’d received two high-flow thermal cameras from China. The donations, from the Costa Rican-Chinese Friendship Association, will take the temperature of all passengers entering the country.
This article was adapted into English from the original CRHoy piece by Pablo Rojas published on July 8, 2020. It’s not a direct translation.
Gobierno sobre fronteras terrestres: “eso no está para apertura” – https://t.co/WAVR4XNlrH
— CRHoy.com (@crhoycom) July 8, 2020
James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.