Residents and citizens of all US states will be able to enter Costa Rica as of November 1, a measure that will help the country’s economic reactivation and job creation, announced Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism.
Before that date, on October 15, residents of the states of Florida, Georgia and Texas will be able to do so.
According to data from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN), calculated based on the Input-Output Matrix, allowing the entry of citizens and residents of all the states of the United States could generate the country US $ 1.5 billion in foreign currency , that is, 2.5 points of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and about 80 thousand jobs for the year 2021.
“Our conversations with technical teams in the airline sector allow us to determine that by opening the United States market, they could attract between 35% and 40% of 2019 air traffic, both originating in North America and connecting in that region. This will allow to reactivate tourism so that companies work, at least, above the equilibrium point during the high season, which runs from November 2020 to May 2021. A tourist visiting the country activates a series of productive chains such as agriculture, fishing , commerce, transport, tourist guides, hotels, restaurants, operators, artisans and towards that we must focus to continue with the reactivation, safeguarding sanitary measures against COVID-19 ”, explained Gustavo J. Segura, Rector Minister of Tourism.
Since September 1, residents of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have been allowed to enter the country, and Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Colorado had previously been announced.
The states of Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan and Rhode Island can do it from September 15 and from October 1 it can be done by residents of California and Ohio.
Before the pandemic, the North American market brought 1.6 million tourists to Costa Rican soil, with an average stay of 12 days and a daily expense of US $ 170 per person.
The size of the potential market for the United States is 23.5 million tourists.