Even in a pandemic, and maybe because of it- specifically, the effects of being quarantined and isolated, many have travel on their minds. They dream of enjoying international food, seeing loved ones in other parts of the world, and seeing the sights of their favorite destination.
Juan Belliard, the director of operations of Aeris, explained what to expect at the airport.
The first change will be noticed before even entering. This is that family members can no longer accompany the passengers into the airport, because of limited capacity maintained in order to provide enough space for adequate social distancing. To enter the building, you will have to show your passport and reservation.
Once inside, you will note that the airport is now well equipped to deal with the complexities of traveling during the pandemic. There are hand washing stations. Social distancing is required while on lines and in waiting areas. The management assures that they are up to the standards set forth by the Ministry of Health. Additionally, there are at least 30 auto check in kiosks meant to reduce the amount of contact between staff and passengers.
While liquids allowed on flights are still limited, alcohol gel is the exception to this rule. Larger bottles will be allowed. There is also alcohol gel available throughout the airport.
It is recommended that passengers arrive 3-4 hours ahead of their scheduled flight in order to meet any requirements their specific airline might have in place.
Passengers arriving in Costa Rica will have to fill out a health pass meant to tell the Ministry of Health their clinical history, such as where they’ve been, symptoms they have, and encounters with anyone symptomatic. They will also have to provide proof of health insurance that meets certain requirements set up to ensure proper care for anyone who gets sick.