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The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT in Spanish) Will Keep the Crisis Committee Active During the National Emergency

 

  • The Board reiterates the importance of the tourism sector protecting tourists’ safety.
  • It maintains coordination with the Emergency Operations Center (COE in Spanish), the Chamber of Tourism and Airports. 
  • ICT provides personnel working emergency, as well as the 800 – TURISMO line. Central line 22995800 / 5738 has also been opened.

The ICT strongly urges all tourism companies to work together with local committees to protect tourists' safety.  It is also requested to stop all types of adventure and open-air activities in areas that the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies (CNE in Spanish) has declared on red alert. 

Moreover, keep in mind, especially tour operators, that it is important to consider the risks of entering high-risk areas. 

For the Board, it is very important to protect the integrity of every tourist. Therefore, the entire tourism sector is urged to remain alert and to abide by the recommendations of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies.

Supporting actions

 -          The ICT, connected to different institutions in the country and under the coordination of the CNE, is in constant contact with regional and sectoral chambers, embassies, airports, conservation areas and ports in order to monitor any situation that merits additional actions from the institution.

-          Likewise, the 800 – Turismo (Tourism) line remains open, and as reinforcement, central line 2299-5800 / 5738 is open.

-          For emergencies, the following numbers have been activated: 

For updated information from the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies, visit www.cne.go.cr or www.facebook.com/CNECostaRica/ Likewise, the ICT’s website www.ict.go.cr will be update constantly.  

Report October 5 11:00 a.m.

Airport Information: 

Aeris Holding Costa Rica states that Juan Santamaría International Airport is in operation; in other words, it is not closed. However, in light of the climatic conditions that are affecting the country, and by decision of the airlines, among the flights this Wednesday evening and the first early morning flights this Thursday, we report:

-          20 cancelations

-          6 redirected flights

-          17 delayed flights

    This report consists of arriving and departing commercial, local and cargo flights.

Daniel Oduber International Airport announced the cancellation of three flights; the first flight was a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston; the second flight was a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta; and the last flight was an Alaska Airlines flight from Los Angeles.  

In addition to international flights, Sansa y Nature Air airlines have also cancelled a few domestic flights. Despite the above, the airport is open for flights attending to the national emergency.

National Parks: 

At this moment, all national parks and wildlife reserves are closed to the public.

Cruises:

There are two cruise ships in Puntarenas, which docked without any problems. All reserved tours were cancelled by tour operators. Passengers remained on the ship, and could only get off and walk around the city. The cruise ship captains advised the passengers of the rain and to be careful. Passengers that choose to walk around downtown Puntarenas are being monitored by the cruise ship external Safety Committee of Puntarenas, which includes National Port Institute of the Pacific (Incop in Spanish), Tourist Police, Public Police, Health, Migration and the ICT.

Information Note: The ships are the Coral Princess with 1925 passengers and 886 crew members, and the Island Princess with 2083 passengers and 911 crew members.

Road Closures:

Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Costa Rica (MOPT in Spanish)/ The National Roadway Council (CONAVI in Spanish) count a total of 18 national roads that are completely closed, while 13 more are being regulated.

The bridge over the Grande River in Térraba presents problems where bridge erosion has cut communication between Paso Real and San Vito.

Other routes strongly impacted are Route 2 between Cartago and Pérez Zeledón, where at least 15 landslides have been reported along the road and clean-up is ongoing. 

On Route 1, a landslide has caused kilometer 55 between Río Grande-Cañal Blanco to remain closed. On Route 32, there are landslides in various sectors. On Route 34, the Tarcoles and Las Palmas Rivers have overflown and caused the route to remain closed.

Other routes with closures are Route 21 Santa Cruz-Nambí-Nicoya, Route 218 Coronado-Rancho Redondo, Route 107 Poás, Alajuela, Route 723 Chilamate towards Poás, Route 209 Ram Luna-Ojo de Agua, and Route 243 Pérez Zeledón-Dominical.

In the Pirro sector, on Route 118, a total closure has also been reported. The bridge over General Viejo River-Villa Ligia has collapsed. Furthermore, Route 228 between Colpalchí-Corralillo remains closed due to the collapse on the route associated with sewer failure, as well as Route 707 in the heights of Turrubares.

REGULATED TRANSIT

In this condition, the following routes are being maintained: Route 27 San José-Caldera, where a landslide on kilometer 48 between Atenas and Orotina has been attended to since last night. Clean-up operations and highway monitoring remain in this section of the route, which is the only section that remains closed at this moment.

Other routes with regulated transit are Route 1 in the Manolos-Los Chorros sector, Route 625 Guararal in the southern area of the country, Route 219 between Taras and Cot, Cartago on top of the hill in Chinchilla, Route 336 in the Monterrey, Aserrí-San Antonio, León Cortés sector, Route 301 San Ignacio, Acosta-Parrita in the Tacaco sector, Route 141 in the Tapezco sector, Route 135 Atenas, Route 304 Desamparados-Jericó-San Juan Sur, Route 307 Coronado, Route 224 in the Puente Negro-Orosi section, Route 405 Navarro, Muñeco-Puente Negro, Orosi and Route 206 Copalchí

 

 

 

Instituto Costarricense de Turismo