Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from New York to Costa Rica
JetBlue, Emirates and United Airlines have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from New York to Costa Rica. Confirm policies on booking site.
The cheapest ticket to Costa Rica from New York found in the last 72 hours was $116 one-way, and $265 round-trip. The most popular route is from New York to San José, and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $78.
United Airlines flies most frequently to San José from New York. In general, American Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue fly the most to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica has allowed all countries in the world to enter by air.
Travelers must complete the digital Health Pass 48 hours before boarding.
Travelers must have a travel insurance with coverage of COVID-19 treatment and accommodation costs. Check Visit Costa Rica website for more details.
Costa Rica has eased their travel regulations and removed the requirement of RT-PCR tests for the detection of the coronavirus.
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Expired residence permits (DIMEX) with category “permanente" are extended until 11 January 2021, with categories “temporales" and “especiales" which expired after 18 December 2019 are extended until 11 January 2021 and with category “estancias" which expired after 17 March 2020 are extended until 12 February 2021.
For information on visas, refer to the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners.
There are currently 24,766 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in CR and 3,018 deaths as of Apr 13 2021
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Nothing. Expensive fare, plus check up luggage charge and the food was chips and water or soda"
Cons: "Same as above"
Cons: "I could not recline the seat, and also the table was broken. The plane took off very late from schedule."
Cons: "A complimentary lunch meal should be served."
Pros: "fast and nice"
Pros: "No delay"
Cons: "There are nothing I do not like."
Pros: "all around great"
Cons: "no problems"
Pros: "Free food."
Cons: "Wrong sandwich. Soggy sandwich. Sound was scratchy. Movies need closed caption option."
Pros: "Not much. No room"
Cons: "C above"
Pros: "Sorry but there was nothing to complain about. No bitchin here."
Pros: "Communication, space"
Cons: "Boarding process needs more work. Boarding announcements need to be loud and clear."
Cons: "no ticket at airport i did not fly."
Pros: "Always pleased with JetBlue"
Pros: "Absolute BS"
Cons: "Delay 2 hrs"
Cons: "It was too cold inside."
Pros: "Had a row to myself"
Cons: "Waiting for gate when we arrived"
Cons: "There is always some kind of delay with this company. The very worse."
Pros: "Customer service and seat space."
Cons: "Food could have been better"
Cons: "Bad AC"
Pros: "Everything on time."
Cons: "The seat in hard."
Pros: "Service, spaceous, fly-fi actually works!"
Pros: "It was easy boarding! Attendants were nice and efficient. Made excellent time by arriving early. Flew round trip. Departing CHS late but arriving early at JFK. I will definitely fly JetBlue again"
Cons: "My trip info wasn't working after a reset."
Pros: "The wonderful hospitality"
Cons: "There isn't much i didn't like"
Pros: "Service perfect"
Pros: "So comfortable"
Cons: "The food on board could be better"
Cons: "They information re the baggage was incorrect"
Pros: "EVERY THING"
Pros: "I Enjoy Every Moment In Puerto Rico La Parguera En El Pueblo De Lajas , La Guancha En Ponce, Playa Crashboard En Aguadilla, El Faro En Rincon ,Playa Jobos En Isabela,Balneario De Boquerón En Cabo Rojo Me Encantan Las Playas El Agua Es Tan Clara Y La Arena Blanca ,Las Gente Es Muy Servicial."
Cons: "No Tener Más Días Para Seguir Disfrutando. I Love My Island Is Beatiful."
Pros: "From the start to the end nice right no problems at all thank you"
Pros: "I liked the spacious seating of course"
Cons: "I was disappointed in the boarding, I traveled with my young daughter and infant son and when they announced those who require additional time, handicap assistance,etc I proceeded to board then all these other folks also jumped up skipping me and my children when it was not their turn. And the gate people allowed them to do so I had to be the one to say excuse me we were here 1st. On top of that when we landed back in NY I heard my stroller get tossed and discovered when I got home it was broke. So upset!!!"
Cons: "They didn't have any Eat Up meals."
Pros: "Also on time."
Pros: "Plane was painfully cold"
Cons: "The cold. Ordinarily I think that JetBlue is marvelous Adrian"
Pros: "Good customer service and friendly"
Cons: "It was all good!"
Cons: "Seat didn't recline as well"
Cons: "late departure"
Cons: "I can't find anything I would change. Maybe a foot massage would have been nice. I got to my destination alive and on time. Thank you JB!"
Pros: "everything is fine, I felt safe all the way. Good job."
Pros: "Arrival on time Many meals provided Clean plane"
Pros: "Everything was good"
Pros: "The tv is good addition Comfortable chairs"
Cons: "Menu could have been improved"
Pros: "Boarding was smooth."
Cons: "The cabin temperature was very hot"
Cons: "More food more room - but hey that’s what we always want"
Cons: "No customer service they do not care and it shows"
Cons: "Very bad service, airline unrespectfull, discortesy"
Cons: "5 hours delay. Most of that time we were on the runway. We even had to deplane and board again. We were given all kind of excuses till the pilot himself said that this is unheard off !!"
Cons: "Late taking off. Let's leave on time"
Pros: "The cAbin attendant was really good"
Pros: "Overall ok."
Cons: "Cabin was freezing."
Pros: "I have no complaints. Not on"
Pros: "Timely, clean"
Cons: "A little chaotic at boarding time"
Pros: "The food and the service"
Pros: "After being redirected and behind on travel plans due to weather and missed flights this was a welcomed relief. Everything went as planned and staff was very helpful."
Pros: "Food and movies were good."
Cons: "Didn't leave on time."
Cons: "Price to get a little more space"
Cons: "Lack of legroom in economy"
Cons: "Terrible staff"
Pros: "Great upgrade program"
Cons: "Slow unloading of luggage"
Pros: "Excellent job"
Pros: "So many movies to watch. Keep it up!"
Cons: "The food was too sweet and salty."
Pros: "Layout of aircraft."
Cons: "USB port barely accessible. Also, it didn't seem to work."
Cons: "Everything was on time, but we had to sit on tje runway for more that 30 mins which made us late all around. But aside from that everything feom Delta from dropping of bags to Landing in Miami was perfect."
Pros: "Friendly and cleanliness."
Cons: "Cold drinks were warm."
Pros: "Efficient hop to Boston"
Pros: "movie choices are great"
Cons: "the people sitting behind me kept talking about dying from the aircraft, it makes me uncomfortable."
Pros: "The boarding was efficient"
Cons: "Three hour departure delay. No explanation given. No apology."
Cons: "This is possibly the worst airplane food ive ever had. Ever. The chicken didn't look nor taste like chicken and it was in some weird green chickpea sauce?? Very unpleasant."
Pros: "Pilot almost barrel-rolled us climbing out of JFK, so if started well enough.... Ground assistance (wheel chair) left me with a badly bruised left big toe and I didn't think we'd ever get through the TSA. The pat-down I received was more like a sexual assault and I didn't even get a happy ending. We made it to RDU, so the exercise was a success, but it was a huge hassle."
Cons: "After reading the good things, you need more bad?"
Pros: "Everything up to departure. Sat in line for almost an hour."
Cons: "Strangely cold!"
Pros: "Una hora de retraso"
Cons: "Una hora de retraso"
Pros: "Movies- pro staff"
Pros: "Plane was comfortable"
Cons: "In order to leave airport on time (plane came in late) they claimed overhead space was full and that remainder boarding passengers had to check their bags. (Bags to be picked up in baggage claim) When walked into plane saw plenty of overhead space for carryons!"
Cons: "Too old aircrafts"
Pros: "Every thing went well thx"
Pros: "The only airline that I'm aware of that still offers: • free snacks • free checked bags • free meal and drinks on international flights"
Pros: "Although I am a vegetarian, It was nice Delta was serving sandwiches."
Cons: "Everything sucks all the prople that work in check in are sucks, they were mad rude"
Pros: "wifi on flights"
Cons: "the exit door is not sealed properly so it was freezing ! so mush so that a nice layer of ice was created along side the door with me next to it. tons of fun. its super long and their is no food or video screens. bring yourown"
Pros: "Delta is one of the best airlines I've flown with. Staff is very helpful, and customer service and amenities are tip notch."
Pros: "The two ladies who were initially boarding passengers were excellent. They had wonderful people skills, were smiling, and extremely personable. I loved the interaction."
Pros: "It's nice to be theoretically in zone 2"
Cons: "Boarding is inconsistant. At JFK it was like boarding a plane in China. Everyone congested at the front. One Delta person taking tickets. Two Delta people not helping her. We boarded slowly, partially because people STILL refuse to check bags that are not carry on bags. We left late. Why have zones at all? Why have carrying rules that you don't enforce? Why did we pay $25 a bag if you don't enforce this? Food choices are funny, especially the "tapas". Whoever thinks THOSE are tapas should Google the word tapas. Delta reportedly earned 746 million in the first quarter and you charge for everything and still can't come up with decent food for us to BUY?"
Pros: "After flying American Delta was an miracle. I didn't have to spend the night in the airport. It was on time. Everyone was nice & helpful. Easy."
Cons: "Still waiting to take connection"
Cons: "They always change the gates, also too many disorders in the gate previous the boarding process, the process it is not clean. They took hand baggage aleatory to send to down and do not ask if we have fragile stuffs there."
Cons: "Maybe less cold the temperature."
Cons: "No earphones for hearing the movies"
Cons: "They completely damaged my luggage bags, so much for paying to check in to have it returned broken, thorn and without wheels. I want a reimbursement for the ticket or the cost of 2 new suitcases."
Pros: "Que el avion era de 2 filas conn2 lugares"
Cons: "La comodidad.. Son muy estrechos..."
Pros: "The attention with Copa Airlines was great"
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "Boarding process in Panama is very disorganized"
Pros: "Christian was very attentive & genuine. He was professional and it was obvious he truly loved his job."
Cons: "Everything was OK"
Pros: "Everything’s was very good."
Pros: "Satff was polite and courteous. Plane was very comfortable."
Pros: "ME encantó ENCANTO viajar por copa, servicio, cumplimiento, excelentes!"
Cons: "De Panamá a Medellin no fueron tan amables."
Pros: "Easy connection. Very sharp. My mom felt so fine."
Cons: "I had to keep my backpack in front under the seat. They should not allow heavy carry on's"
Cons: "Premium seating not a good buy."
Cons: "They canceled it."
Pros: "Food was good"
Cons: "No Internet connection at tocumen airport"
Pros: "Staff was nice."
Cons: "We were late to bord, therefore we were 1 late for rake off, on top of that a passagenger got sick on the plane and the way the staff managed the situation was very poor. Missed my connection. Hade a very bad experience, and more likely, I will not fly or recomend Copa"
Pros: "For the price, it was an incredible deal. Not fancy but kind flight attendants, standard economy class (meaning, as bad as all the others for space, definitely not the worst Ive flown, much better than cheap european airlines), had an on time connection in Panama... I would definitely fly again. I speak Spanish but all Copa staff speak English, so it was really easy."
Cons: "They do not have a way to order vegetarian food on their website so I did not eat on either flight, which was really frustrating."
Cons: "This airline Lost my baggage and they didn’t help me"
Pros: "We actually arrived earlier than schedule. Very impressed."
Cons: "No air conditioning, small gates, too crowded."
Cons: "El aeropuerto internacional de Panama es sencillamente horrible y extremadamente caro y ni siquiera wifi free hay para los pasajeros que como yo tenemos que hacer escala. La señal para llamar por teléfono usando mi propia proveedor. Es un aeropuerto del siglo pasado que ya es hora COPA que tiene su centro de operaciones pongan de su parte para hacer más placentero la estadía en ese aeropuerto; aeropuertos como el CR o el de Bogotá no más sale uno del avión y hay excelente wifi que le permite a uno estar en contacto con la familia."
Pros: "The aireplane in clean. And the people ver y gently"
Cons: "Board not very organized"
Cons: "Ustedes cambiaron las fechas de nuestra reserva. Se hizo para el 9 de agosto. Y nosotros la pedimos para el 9 de julio. Cuando llamamos a cambiarla, salía más caro que comprar otro tiquete ida y vuelta. Yo tuve que comprar un tiquete por otra aerolínea para regresar de Nueva York a Medellín."
Pros: "No delays on departure. Smooth boarding process"
Pros: "One of your crew members went above and beyond to help a family that was sitting next to me. That kind if service was unexpected and a huge help to the family. We were all impressed. They were all very cordial and polite."
Pros: "Very friendly and professional service combined with good food"
Pros: "2 free checked bags, and hot sandwich and drink in coach"
Cons: "Can't think on anything"
Cons: "Never answered the numbers I called when I got to the airport ended up having to rent with another company"
Pros: "Short plane ride"
Cons: "Second plane from panama to Costa Rica, the crew embarressed me and my friend and I will never fly on that airline again if Sandie Machida ever works on it. She is the ruddiest and most unprofessional flight attendant and needs extra lessons on costumer service and how she hosts guests."
Pros: "- nice staff - food on the plane"
Cons: "Touch screen didn't work"
Pros: "everything was fine"
Pros: "Thank you for offering food, but something's without meat would have me flying copa every time!"
Cons: "Flights were delayed"
Pros: "Staffs were so kind and professional."
Cons: "Me dañaron una maleta y ya puse el reclamo"
Cons: "Subieron la temperatura al aire acondicionado, hacia calor."
Pros: "love you guys!"
Cons: "Better entertaiment system"
Pros: "See above"
Cons: "Baggage lost."
Pros: "The stewardesses were very polite and helpful"
Cons: "6hours delay and no reimbursement. It sucked! Thank you."
Cons: "No individual screen. It would have been nice to know that beforehand. It was an unpleasant surprise."
Cons: "The fact that one could not book either an aisle or a window without paying significant sums is ridiculous - an additional $74 for a window seat and some were considerably more than that."
Pros: "Friendly staff."
Pros: "Priority boarding."
Cons: "Food is horrible at AA, in special breakfast!"
Cons: "Too little room for legs and cabin was colder than usual."
Cons: "My Chair would not recline it was broken and was crushed every time the guy in front would lay back on his cause I could not move mine!"
Pros: "In general everything was good."
Cons: "There was no menu to know ahead what was coming so I could have decided before the meals came"
Pros: "Overall easy navigation."
Cons: "More signs for terminal to terminal navigation."
Cons: "Strange thing: my wife and I were in business class. The stewardess going down my isle said all dinner choices were already used up and I only had a choice of pasta or chicken. Later the stewardess went down the isle for my wife and she had all choices available! Weird. And the stewardess said this was as it was supposed to be."
Pros: "Cookie hehehh"
Pros: "Overall was great."
Pros: "Boarding was on time and we departed on time and arrived on schedule-fllight was very comfortable"
Cons: "Snacks were ok but main meal could have been better- suggest u go back to box meal such as a sandwich and piece of fruit."
Cons: "Passengers too crammed in closer together."
Pros: "overall okay"
Cons: "malaysia airlines only allows one check in? didnt give any headphones for tv"
Pros: "fly was on time, good service, food and entertainment."
Pros: "Fast once we were airborne"
Cons: "Delay without explanation, then sitting on tarmac for 40 minutes."
Cons: "No personal entertainment systems. I ordered a low lactose meal and got yogurt which is high in lactose!"
Cons: "Could not buy snacks"
Cons: "They were not honest with the information given by stewardesses"
Cons: "Airfare.com is very difficult to deal with."
Cons: "No usb or wall chargers. No inseat entertainment and glitchy wifi entertainment"
Cons: "There was no phone charger at the seat."
Cons: "The seat was extremely comfortable."
Cons: "Always delaysd"
Pros: "The pilot was amazing!"
Cons: "It was one hour late."
Pros: "Everything went smooth"
Pros: "Every thing."
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "Once we boarded, business class was very good."
Cons: "Food was pretty bad, dinner and breakfast. No taste at all."
Pros: "No delays, speedy boarding and off boarding."
Cons: "Nothing..it was great."
Pros: "Terrible porque no pude viajar ayer"
Pros: "Everything overall"
Pros: "found out upon boarding that my $97 ticket was for a business class seat. Awesome"
Cons: "Delayed 2 hrs"
Pros: "i have to pay $90 for my seat"
Cons: "It was a headache!"
Pros: "does not have compensation during my stay, sad"
Pros: "Seating way too tight"
Pros: "It was five star all the way."
Pros: "Everything except what I didn't like."
Cons: "Delayed departure"
Cons: "The movies were watched were old movies; they could be updated."
Cons: "breakfast was horrible"
Pros: "On time with no problems"
Pros: "Inflight movies"
Pros: "The food and the crew"
Cons: "Entertainment system, it is outdated"
Pros: "Amabilidad de la tripulacion"
Cons: "Podrían dar comida, el viaje no es tan corto. Aire acondicionado demasiado frío, muchos pasajeros solicitaron regular l temperatura, no habían suficientes mantas"
Cons: "No screens in the seats. Food options are the usual limited fair"
Cons: "I’m 6’3, misty in my legs, so the diminishing legroom is a problem. Can’t afford business class either. You should really have entertainment for a 5 hr flight."
Pros: "Más espacio, al menos una película que ver, y algún bocadillo por ser un vuelo de tantas horas"
Pros: "The plane took two hours to leave the ground due to weather. This was unfortunate and made the passengers uncomfortable but it was not the fault of the airline."
Cons: "The airline gave all the passengers access to the movies and television channels."
Cons: "Fligh delay."
Pros: "I was allowed to get off the aircraft to collect a bag I left behind"
Pros: "Attendants were amazing"
Cons: "We spent the whole delay on the plane and wasn't notified of a problem until after an hour. A lot of my time was wasted. That's not okay. Keep your customers informed."
Pros: "The boarding process is terrible, because communication breakdown is inevitable. The crew on the plane are sometimes rude, and have no patience when passing seated passengers. One air hostess constantly bumped into my arm like a bull as she passed walking down the isle. Entertainment is practically non-existent on long flights unless you pay for it. Two of my flights were cancelled last minute with little to no remorse, and I had to wait 2 days to catch the next flight. That flight was even delayed more than an hour. I was sick by time I reached my destination. Overall, United would not be my 1st choice due to bad experiences numerous times."
Pros: "The crew were nice though exasperated with cramped new planes and crowded restrooms. Flight was on time"
Cons: "After three years of flying all around US, realized United is the worst of the three major legacy carriers. I'm star alliance gold and it's still a painful experience. Crew admitted in latest redesign of planes they've managed to squeeze another six seats in coach. My seat wouldn't go back but even if it did, would feel too guilty for person behind to do it - so little legroom on newer planes. They've also cut down on restrooms so for most of the flight there was a line of 5-6 people waiting in the aisle. American Airlines seems to have older planes but at least decent legroom (and I'm not tall - anybody over 5'10 would have to sit at an angle on new United planes!). Been very impressed by Delta's service lately. United feels more like Spirit"
Pros: "Staff was very pleasant"
Cons: "We booked together, but did not get seated together. What is up with that???"
Pros: "Boarding was smooth and fast"
Cons: "Seat didn't recline"
Pros: "We were on time and that was great!"
Cons: "I felt like tuna in a can."
Pros: "it was very comfortable"
Pros: "Nothing in particular"
Cons: "The plane was delayed and it was very annoying to get to Grand Rapids late."
Pros: "A very smooth ride"
Pros: "It's was quick."
Cons: "Delayed a bit but mostly ok."
Pros: "On time Skilled pilots Smooth landing Accommodating staff Pleasant"
Pros: "Friendly and attentive staff."
Pros: "A little better"
Cons: "The mixed snacks were horrible."
Pros: "Absolutely Nothing"
Cons: "Everything nothing was pleasing it was torture"
Pros: "Everyone was friendly"
Cons: "Everything was fine"
Pros: "The boarding process was on time."
Pros: "That you provided a direct flight"
Cons: "I purchased my tickets on 10/30/2015 for an aisle seat. I check in the day before and no seat assignment, get to the kiosk and no seat assignment. I see the agent at the gate and she gives me a middle seat, I complained and she gave me an aisle seat. I get to my seat and someone is sitting in that seat, I go back to the front of the plane and wait to be assigned to another seat. The agent said they changed the plane that's why everyone lost seat assignments, 6 out of the 8 people that all booked together sat in their assigned seats. Never fly with them again."
Cons: "Everything united Airlines sucks"
Pros: "On time boarding"
Cons: "Seat space"
Cons: "Updates to delays not informed in a mannerly order"
Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "It was very hot, it seemed as if the AC was broken."
Pros: "We arrived almost an hour early! I didn't know that was possible!"
Pros: "Just the boarding was ok"
Cons: "This was a horrible experience I hope I never use this airline again."
Pros: "Not to crowded"
Cons: "Long layovers, could have been shorter. Also not a huge fan of the tiny bag of snacks."
Cons: "Take off delayed due to traffic"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "The delays"
Pros: "On time!"
Cons: "No complaints"
Pros: "Nothing stood out"
Cons: "Late departure once again"
Pros: "The cost."
Cons: "Attendants didn't know how to work Directv sets so no one on plane had programming. One attendant thought it was a touch screen and it wasn't. Another said she would reset the system but never did."
Pros: "Very friendly and comfortable"
Pros: "The service was awesome!"
Airlines flying from New York to Costa Rica have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from New York to Costa Rica
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from New York to Costa Rica
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from New York to Costa Rica
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from New York to Costa Rica
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