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International Flights to Costa Rica

Travelers who are interested in international flights to Costa Rica have a few options to choose from, whether flying directly or indirectly. Travelers who are coming in from the United States, Canada and most countries in Latin America and Europe can get a free tourist visa for their stay that lasts 90 days. Travelers should provide a passport to get this document, and passports should be valid for at least another 6 months. Before they leave Costa Rica, international visitors must pay a small exit fee. Exist fees can be paid in advance through a travel agent, so that foreigners will not have to stand in long lines at the airport. Every time a foreigner leaves Costa Rica, they will be issued a new 90-day tourist visa when they come back.

The Juan Santamaria International Airport has the highest number of options of international flights to Costa Rica, being the biggest airport in the country, and a huge hub for Central America. It is located outside of San Jose, Costa Rica’s largest city. Many international flights to San Jose come in from the United States. There are direct flights from Dallas, Miami, New York, Newark, Atlanta, Denver, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix. European travelers have options of flying directly from Madrid and Frankfurt, and there are also charter flights from Brussels. There are also direct international flights from Mexico, Panama, Canada, Columbia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Peru. There is currency exchange available at this airport, but American travelers can also pay taxi drivers in dollars.

Apart from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, there is also the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, which is located in Liberia. This is the main airport for Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, which is a huge seasonal attraction. Americans can fly to this airport from Dallas, Miami, Houston, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago and Charlotte, but many of these flights are seasonal. Jetairfly does a direct flight from Brussels, but otherwise there are no direct European flights. There are also international flights to and from Canada and Mexico. Currency exchange is available at this airport.

If travelers are looking for domestic flights within Costa Rica after they have crossed borders, there are many options to fly out of Juan Santamaria International Airport to the local areas.