Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from San Francisco to Costa Rica
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The cheapest ticket to Costa Rica from San Francisco found in the last 72 hours was $133 one-way, and $319 round-trip. The most popular route is from San Francisco to San José, and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $133.
United Airlines flies most frequently to San José from San Francisco.
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
Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions page for more information on restrictions worldwide.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The pilot went around to passengers and apologized foe delay."
Cons: "3 plus hours of delay????"
Cons: "Didn’t like sitting on tarmac for 40 minutes after arriving. Got very warm and uncomfortable to breathe"
Cons: "No worthy"
Cons: "the new saver fare option sucks, it makes travel more stressful and very undignified"
Cons: "I was not notified that my card was declined and this caused a ton of delays"
Cons: "The plane was amazingly cramped."
Cons: "Free food and blankets"
Pros: "How smooth and orderly the whole trip went"
Cons: "It is much better now"
Pros: "It much"
Cons: "It was so bumpy No air circulation Smelled It made me sick"
Cons: "Not being delayed"
Pros: "Got us to LA"
Cons: "Delayed once everyone was boarded. No warning on the turbulence."
Pros: "Staff great"
Cons: "Same old movies"
Cons: "Nothing, all was perfect!"
Cons: "Delay Part not available"
Pros: "Awesome staff and plane. I Miss virgin!! well done to Alaska for keeping the spirit alive."
Cons: "Changed gates twice, boarded late, sat ont he runway, waited for a gate on arrival and then waited for baorrding ramp."
Cons: "No food, just snacks."
Pros: "Que aparte de la bebida sirvan un sanduche o algo para comer"
Cons: "Boarding via bus to plane. Delays due to mechanical issues at both departure and arrival. Staying on the plane while maintenance is performed. No complimentary snacks or drinks after losing value on ticket price."
Pros: "Perfect trip no complaints!"
Cons: "I liked all of it"
Cons: "Seat was broken and would not recline so incredibly uncomfortable for red eye. I was freezing (though I’m often more chilly than others). Not great food options."
Pros: "Arrived earlier. Good accommodations."
Pros: "That the plane was still there when I arrived at the gate."
Pros: "No delays"
Cons: "nothing to speak of"
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours."
Pros: "Prompt boarding"
Cons: "Sitting on the plane for 1.5 hours prior to departure because the plane was too light. This should be something that is determined prior to boarding the plane."
Cons: "Better vegan snacks available for purchase would be great."
Pros: "Same as before."
Pros: "The staff was super friendly and the plane was new. It felt brand new."
Pros: "the ease of booking"
Cons: "the meanest most rude racist hostess ever! her insinuations and degrading way of speaking to me left me speechless. i will file a format complaint and might even take it further."
Pros: "I was checking in in a fluster and trying to attach my bag tags. A agent came over and helped me (for some reason I had taken the entire sticky back off ha!) and then he took my bag for me right from the kiosk. I was super impressed"
Cons: "needed more water"
Cons: "The diy watch movies on my own device wouldn't load. More frequent trash pick up."
Pros: "Play more Christmas carol during Christmas season"
Cons: "If United can serve more than orange juice or water, so can you"
Pros: "I arrived early"
Pros: "The pilot introduced himself and kept us updated on the weather and turbulent."
Cons: "no complains"
Pros: "The steward."
Cons: "Lack of help with information on transfer between terminals at Seattle/Tacoma"
Pros: "Ease of printing boarding pass and especially the luggage tags."
Cons: "The captain said the plane had been running late all day.... For 4 different flghts¿dont they have any other planes to use to catch up?"
Pros: "Friendly people"
Cons: "Old planes"
Pros: "Free wifi"
Pros: "The seat was comfortable. The price was not."
Pros: "I slept reasonably well."
Cons: "More comfortable seats/more leg room."
Cons: "Poor movie selection/ purchase for outdated headphones required. No USB."
Cons: "Sold out of the food I wanted. Massive delay."
Cons: "Not many kid friendly videos."
Pros: "Each seat had power outlet for laptop as well as a USB port"
Pros: "The plane hit heavy turbulence a few times and gave me hope that the sweet succor of death would come."
Cons: "Having someone else give me a lap dance nonconsensually."
Cons: "The plane was 2 hours late with no explanation and no apology until we were getting off the plane."
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "It was good"
Cons: "Almost too good."
Pros: "experienced pilot, frequent attention by flight staff, coach seat comfort, flight was less than 5 hours, flight was on time, comfort in airport while waiting"
Cons: "All good."
Pros: "Easy and comfortable. No issues. Got there without a problem."
Pros: "Great friendly and understanding staff"
Cons: "Turbulence kept waking me up. As always, leg room isn't quite enough to keep knee-pain away."
Pros: "It sure as hell wasn’t United. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww."
Cons: "Was chastened for grabbing cheez-itz from the pantry on my way off."
Cons: "Wifi didn’t work"
Pros: "Even with a full flight, JetBlue offers up-to-date planes with comfortable seating, plenty of leg room and free WI-fi for a very positive customer experience."
Pros: "Service with a smile!"
Cons: "Absolutely nothing!"
Pros: "The aircraft was clean and comfortable and everything went official"
Cons: "The film did not work"
Pros: "you had gluten free choices"
Cons: "need expanded gluten free menu"
Pros: "Same as above"
Cons: "The second half of the flight the TVs didn’t work till halfway through the flight."
Pros: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Pretty standard service"
Cons: "Pretty standard service"
Cons: "Your airline is always late, always. One hour this time, longer than usual."
Cons: "assigned to seat which did not go back......terribly uncomfortable."
Pros: "Good crew"
Cons: "I understand having only two snack options, but it would be nice if one could be vegan. My light didn’t work, which mattered because it was before dawn."
Cons: "They want to charge for everything. Traveled with my husband but we couldn't sit together without having to pay $200. The seat assignment happened at the gate for us and they didn't accommodate our request to stay together. Seats were small, hard and uncomfortable."
Pros: "loved the accessibility of the treats and cold drinks"
Pros: "everything else is good"
Cons: "I like this app very much！"
Pros: "Smooth from Checking in, to baggage claim... the crew showed themselves to be professionals ..."
Cons: "Too hot and stuffy."
Pros: "On time clean plane and terminal baggage came quickly"
Pros: "This was a newer plane than the one we took out to San Diego. The plane had better seats and this time the electronics ( monitor) actually functioned properly and was a delight to melt away the 5.5 hour trip back to FLL."
Cons: "Return of checked bags was really terrible . THey announced three changes to which carousel bags would come out on. Then more than half an hour wait for the first bags to appear. This is NOT SATISFACTORY !!"
Cons: "MAJOR MULTIPLE DELAYS. UNABLE TO MOVE FLIGHT TO ACCOMMODATE MY SCHEDULE"
Pros: "Passenger service"
Cons: "SFO organization and signs"
Pros: "TV movies. Great staff. Comfortable and clean."
Cons: "I tried to get an aisle seat several times and was told that they were completely booked up in economy and when I boarded there were many many vacant seats that I noticed. I thought that was strangely bizarre."
Pros: "The night kit"
Cons: "They reconfigured the flight home adding more time onto the flight - I missed my connecting bus ride because of this."
Pros: "First airline I've been on with wi-go that really works. Plane was immaculate."
Cons: "Schedule delay by more than 2 hours"
Pros: "5hr delay, no food voucher, no explanations"
Cons: "Terrible, will never fly again"
Pros: "Everything !"
Pros: "Free wifi!"
Pros: "It was comfortable and had a lot of space in the airplane"
Cons: "That I had to pay for the blanket in flight. They used to be free."
Pros: "The staff was very friendly and looked like they enjoyed the job."
Cons: "Altough the flight was very pleasant, I was a little annoyed that I didn't get the message that the flight was delayed until I got to the airport! I like to be at the airport Atleast an hour before boarding. The flight was very early as is and so waking up at like 3:45 am and leave the house by 4:15 am was pretty rough. I could have used that extra hour of sleep!!!!"
Pros: "Cleanliness. Safety. Friendly."
Cons: "Delightful experience except at SFO checkin."
Pros: "Covid safety protocols and people following was excellent."
Cons: "Serve alcohol :)"
Pros: "Crew great....moved passengers around near us for Covid related separation."
Cons: "Cramped.....too many seats in too small of a plane....I'm 6ft / 190 lbs"
Cons: "Zero PPE or social distancing by crew"
Pros: "Good organization, good hygiene, polite crew."
Cons: "Sat on the tarmac way to long. Updates from crew weren’t frequent enough."
Pros: "The crew was very nice"
Cons: "Everything else"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Aircraft was too warm. Needed more air!"
Pros: "compared with other airlines they were just OK"
Pros: "The crews were very fast and efficient. The Dinner was good but the breakfast was very basic."
Cons: "The seat was so crammy and disgustingly uncomfortable"
Pros: "Crew could have been better."
Cons: "Connection at Schiphol often tricky;"
Cons: "My monitor isn’t really working after rebooted. And the audio hole wasn’t tight enough"
Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "More water offered by crew"
Pros: "On time, smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "Better food and more water."
Pros: "My seat didn't recline"
Pros: "Quick boarding process"
Cons: "Wifi stopped working halfway"
Cons: "Boarding was like a cattle call....my headrest was broken so couldn’t sleep upright but face down....seemed like a plane that large would have more bathrooms"
Pros: "Free food. Extra room."
Cons: "Waiting on runway"
Pros: "Delta Comfort om commuter jet"
Pros: "Flew us safely home."
Cons: "We waiting on the runway for over a long period."
Pros: "Cheese plate"
Cons: "TheyCharge me $25 for my bag and I’m at Delta sky Miles older plus the American Express platinum card holder it’s supposed to not be charged"
Cons: "3 hours delay"
Pros: "Had the whole Comfort section to myself!"
Cons: "Flying into blizzards suck, don’t do it"
Cons: "There is no place to specifically order vegetarian options in booking. Luckily virgin carries extra"
Pros: "Excellent service and upgraded snacks in economy"
Pros: "Delayed 2 hrs"
Cons: "waiting on the tarmac for 40 minutes"
Pros: "No hassle, no drama, very smooth."
Cons: "The blueberries were rather bland."
Pros: "All I need to say."
Pros: "it was great experience"
Pros: "Comfort and boarding"
Cons: "Delay and food"
Pros: "It was my husband's birthday and the stewardess (red dress, long brown hair) went out of her way to make him feel special by bringing champagne, cookies and even chocolate once we were getting off the plane. I was very touched."
Cons: "The guy next to me was kind of smelly but was very nice."
Pros: "Very smooth"
Cons: "Asked for hot tea but what I got was barely tepid."
Pros: "Excellent trip. Provided ample food snacks and drinks."
Cons: "The attendents only served one round of beverages in Comfort Plus."
Pros: "Excellent service and on-time"
Cons: "Baggage charge"
Pros: "Individual screen and USB port"
Cons: "No issues that could be controlled I.e. Person in seat in front for mine leaning way ......"
Cons: "Price of food"
Cons: "Boarding took too long - full plane and double seat booking changed 10 minutes early estimate to 20 minutes late"
Pros: "All restroom floors were wet. I have seen this in others 767's too. Is this a 767 phenomenon"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "half-broken screen, couldn't access anything on the left side"
Pros: "Plane was a newer one, clean, and the stewards were nice."
Cons: "New seating was terrible. The seats are so jammed together that my knees were pushed up into the seat in front. How can anyone be comfortable with this kind of seating arrangements?"
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: "My vegetarian meal was not there. I was told it had not been requested. The odd thing was that on all of the other legs of my trip the vegetarian meal was there for me."
Pros: "Great service , reliable airline"
Pros: "Two planes boarded late and the airline refused to let us bring our carry on luggage on board. Then they proceeded to lose one of our bags. We still don’t have it 24 hours later."
Pros: "The crew was friendly, the food was actually good for airline food and the flight was smooth."
Cons: "I wish I had a map on the screen of where we were."
Cons: "No earphones for hearing the movies"
Pros: "I was appalled at the lack of empathy and customer centricity of this central American airline."
Cons: "We arrive at SFO with my family. Two girls 2 and 5 and my wife six months pregnant. There was a misspelling in my wife's name. Easy fix right? Nope! The COPA staff forced us to pay a new ticket for her and did not even respect the price. APPALLING!"
Pros: "Que el avion era de 2 filas conn2 lugares"
Cons: "La comodidad.. Son muy estrechos..."
Cons: "No privet screen"
Cons: "Less flys hour"
Pros: "The attention with Copa Airlines was great"
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "Boarding process in Panama is very disorganized"
Cons: "Even though there was no wind and the airport is at sea level, the pilot almost crashed the plane when he landed in GYE!"
Pros: "Really nice"
Cons: "Small overhead bins."
Cons: "Everything was OK"
Cons: "Premium seating not a good buy."
Pros: "La Atencion a los pasajeros"
Cons: "Es espacio para dormir"
Cons: "They weren't able to get my traveling companion and I seats next to each other."
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours"
Pros: "All aspects were good"
Cons: "This airline Lost my baggage and they didn’t help me"
Pros: "We actually arrived earlier than schedule. Very impressed."
Cons: "Tried to call 20 times about lost. Luggage. No one answered phone"
Pros: "The attentiveness"
Cons: "Leg space"
Cons: "No air conditioning, small gates, too crowded."
Pros: "Everything. All went well, no hitches anywhere."
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"
Pros: "No delays on departure. Smooth boarding process"
Cons: "It took way too long to board"
Pros: "Planes are clean and crew is nice"
Cons: "Overall they are a poorly organized airline, they will over sell their tickets and then expect you to give yours away. Boarding was messy."
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: "The efficiency"
Pros: "- nice staff - food on the plane"
Cons: "Touch screen didn't work"
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: "One of my bags didn't arrive at my final destination."
Cons: "Crowded and hot just like Miami"
Cons: "No delays"
Pros: "On time. Warm greetings from the pilots. New aircraft, clean, great entertainment."
Cons: "It is what it is, doesn’t have to be better"
Pros: "Once boarding, we didn’t wait long for take off."
Cons: "Being on time."
Pros: "seat was basic. prefer having tv screens in the seatbacks as opposed to using my tiny phone as a viewing screen."
Cons: "prefer having tv screens in the seatbacks as opposed to using my tiny phone as a viewing screen. only food available besides pretzel was pay food."
Cons: "My luggage was delayed. I received it the day after"
Cons: "The gate agents called all boarding groups with the boarding queue extending the entire length of the jet bridge and into the terminal beyond the gate area, making us stand in line ten to fifteen minutes longer for no reason."
Pros: "great entertainment"
Cons: "It would’ve been nice if we made it to fort Meyers!"
Pros: "Boarding was very smooth because the fligh had a lot of Sears availabke"
Cons: "Make AA a real earline to serve passengers not profits"
Pros: "Puntual, connexion gates very closed,"
Cons: "I need to paid 100$ or more to have a seat"
Pros: "Everything no complain"
Cons: "I like everything Everything no complain"
Pros: "0ntime quick boarding"
Cons: "cost to check baggage"
Pros: "Service and boarding was smooth and friendly."
Cons: "The seat assignments based on loyalty status - rude gate agents"
Cons: "Delayed multiple tomes"
Cons: "Breakfast - lots of sugary items"
Pros: "Should have booked AA instead of BA."
Cons: "AA couldn't find BA reservation. poor integration of services"
Pros: "Very very helpful I will fly AA every time I can"
Pros: "Awesome service"
Pros: "The flights were on time and the staff was very friendly."
Pros: "Nice new aircraft - clean and comfortable. Entertainment selection and system is excellent. SFO airport is clean and efficient"
Cons: "I DO NOT like JFK airport. The signage is poor and it's difficult to figure out where you need to go. There aren't enough monitors and people in the airport are rude (including staff)"
Pros: "Delayed and no AC working..."
Pros: "Good friendly service. Flights were on time."
Cons: "I was on a flight to Dallas on an American Airline flight which arrived late due to weather conditions, and the connecting flight didn't even wait for me although they know why I couldn't make it on time. And I was only late for about 5 minutes."
Pros: "Staff were helpful."
Cons: "It was advertised that one can see entertainment through WIFi, but from my iPad, i can't connect to this WiFi. I tried several times until I just gave up."
Cons: "I'm getting to Madrid 24 hrs after I was supposed to"
Pros: "Did not use"
Cons: "Tight seating"
Cons: "I got to Moscow, SVO. I didn't receive my bag. This sucks."
Pros: "The food was great!"
Cons: "The new baggage rule limits you to two bags in business on international flights☹️"
Pros: "Pilot did good job in tricky conditions at landing."
Cons: "Wish food were served."
Pros: "Everything was on time and luggage arrived at my final destination"
Cons: "Free wifi would be amazing :)"
Pros: "The entire fly, connections, food and both crews excelente. Flight on time."
Pros: "Airline and crew looked after us and kept us informed. My app said the flight was delayed but the captain didn't seem to know this so we sat for half an hour or more after planned departure. Maybe he hoped to get an earlier slot. We were 30 mins late in the end."
Cons: "No food for purchase, just a drink and biscuit."
Pros: "Good service, as efficient as possible"
Pros: "Headrest entertainment systems"
Cons: "Lack of comfort in the seat, pay for every little thing, departed late, 90% of all passengers seems to be lumped in "Group 6" making boarding extremely annoying. I suppose any other group costs extra."
Pros: "No food at all."
Cons: "Late by 40 min"
Pros: "The comfortable sitting and good hospitality by staff. Timely departure and smooth landing of aircraft."
Cons: "AA worst airline People They have working in SFO Incompetent Rude Useless"
Cons: "It was delayed for about a half an hour. Other than that it was great"
Pros: "Lots of free movies."
Cons: "No free food."
Cons: "it was really bumpy"
Cons: "I was told I had to check my duffle bag at the gate, that there was no room for it. When I dot to my dirty seat I found room for three of my bags in the overhead compartment."
Cons: "Pathetic airline service especially towards senior citizens.. One of the worst airline.. Poor baggage tracking system and Etihad staff lacks knowledge about their own airline.."
Airlines flying from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Costa Rica
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from San Francisco to Costa Rica
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from San Francisco to Costa Rica
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from San Francisco to Costa Rica
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from San Francisco to Costa Rica