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Flights Costa Rica

Those who are researching airline flights to Costa Rica have many options from numerous different international and domestic locations. The best flights to Costa Rica can be found after some simple research.

The main international airports in Costa Rica are the Juan Santamaria International Airport and the Daniel Oduber International Airport. The Juan Santamaria Airport is located outside of San Jose, which is Costa Rica’s largest city. It is the most important airport of the country. There is direct service to many domestic destinations, as well as to others in Central America, North America and Europe. Those who take flights to Costa Rica should know that on the way out, the government charges a small departure fee. From this airport, it is easy to get to downtown San Jose by public bus or taxi, and taxis will often accept American money. The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport is located in the city of Liberia, and is mainly used for tourism to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It has service to elsewhere in Costa Rica, as well as a handful of flights to places in North America and Europe.

Foreigners who are interested in air flights to Costa Rica should have a valid passport and a return ticket. Those coming from the USA are generally permited to stay in Costa Rica for up to 90 days. People who are traveling from certain countries in Sub-Saharan Africa or Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador or Venezuela are required to show that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Foreigners must have identification with them at all times, and should make copies of their passports and the page with the entry stamps in case the passport gets stolen.

The main domestic airports in Costa Rica are Drake Bay Airport, Nosara Airport, Palmar Sur Airport and the Puerto Jiminez Airport. People can find many connecting flights to these airports out of the Juan Santamaria International Airport; domestic flights in Costa Rica mostly fly in and out of San Jose, and sometimes Liberia, instead of between one another. There are two domestic airlines, NatureAir and SANSA. Those who wish to travel around Costa Rica through domestic flights should make reservations in advance. The baggage weight through these airlines is only 25 lbs, so people who have special baggage needs must arrive at the airport very early or contact the airline in advance. People should also not be in a rush when traveling by these airlines, as they do not have the highest priority in San Jose compared to long international flights, and their schedules can be affected by the weather.