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Procedures and requirements


  • The Juan Santamaría International Airport complies with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Consequently, it has adopted security measures that restrict the amount and type of liquids and substances of similar consistency, as well as any items that passengers may or may not carry inside aircrafts.

    These measures apply to all passengers leaving the country through an international airport, regardless of their destination, and are established according to the requirements established in this field. New regulations allow passengers to carry-on items purchased at the airport shops, or on board the airplane in which the passenger is traveling.


    While preparing your luggage, please consider:

    • Your carry-on luggage may not contain any water, coffee, tea, juice, or any other type of beverage brought from home or purchased BEFORE passing the Security Checkpoint, prior to travel.
    • You are only allowed to carry on small amounts of liquids (such as cough syrup, breast milk, baby food, medicinal drops), in small containers with a capacity no larger than 100 milliliter / 100 grams.
    • These small containers must be placed inside a 20 x 20 cm. (8 x 8 inches) sealed, clear plastic bag. The total volume of this bag cannot exceed 1.000 ml. (1 liter) / 1.000 grams (1 kilogram). Only one bag is allowed per passenger.


    You are not permitted to carry on any of the following items outside a sealed, clear plastic bag:

    • Face creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, toothpaste
    • Aerosol cans
    • Gels (shower gel, shampoo, shaving cream, or similar)
    • Any other substance of similar consistency


    Items not allowed in carry-on baggage:

    • Animals that might represent a risk (such as dogs, cats, monkeys, reptiles, birds, insects, arachnids, etc.)
    • Firearms, guns, or any other weapon
    • Blades, sharp objects, or items with dangerous or hazardous edges
    • Nail clippers, clip eyebrow tweezers, or pocketknives
    • Blunt objects (golf clubs, pool cues, baseball bats, fishing rods, etc.)
    • Liquid, gel, or spray cosmetics or other personal care items.
    • Sporting goods that could represent a hazard (bows, arrows, golf clubs, darts, throwing stars)
    • Any food or beverage, whatever its nature or origin, that was brought from home or purchased BEFORE passing the Security Checkpoint.
    • Food in solid or powder form may be carried in checked luggage without restriction, and under the passenger’s responsibility, provided that the country of destination allows those products. ONLY if acquired inside the boarding area of the airport, prior to departure, can food or beverage be transported in carry-on luggage (e.g. powdered milk, cocoa, oatmeal, or food of similar consistency)
    • Any items not allowed in carry-on luggage can be transported as checked baggage.


    Items not allowed as carry-on luggage or checked baggage:

    • Explosives or flammable materials
    • Toxic chemicals (insect repellent, paint, pepper spray, tear gas, corrosives, radioactive materials)
    • Other personal care items, such as nail polish remover or acetone.


    Recommendations for your convenience in the security control:

    • Show all AUTHORIZED liquids, duly housed inside the plastic bag specified above and separated from the rest of your carry-on luggage. Place the bag in one of the trays available at the Security Checkpoint, for inspection by the Airport Police officers.
    • Remove any coats or jackets you might be wearing, and place them in one of the trays available. They will be sent through the x-ray while you go through Security.
    • Wear shoes that are easy to remove and replace, as you will be asked to remove them at checkpoints. You will also be asked to place plastic bag in metal items, such as buckles, coins, keys, others.
    • If you carry laptop or other electronic devices, you must remove them from the bag and put them through the X-ray control, so we recommend you bringing a briefcase it easy to manage. Be sure to place all your belongings properly in the trays available to prevent damage or loss in the X-ray machines


    Please be advised:

    • You can carry with you, only for use while traveling, prescription medications under the passenger’s name. If traveling with small children, you are allowed to carry baby food. You must show all of these items at the Security Checkpoint, and they must be placed inside a sealed, clear plastic bag prior to boarding the plane.
    • You can purchase any liquids, gels, creams, or food and beverages, in any of the shops inside the airport terminal, once you pass the Security Checkpoint, or if you prefer, inside the aircraft.
    • Any of the items purchased at the shops inside the airport must remain sealed, in clear bags, and will be delivered to you inside the aircraft according to the security procedures established by each airline.
    • If you have any questions, please call your airline or travel agent in advance. Review our airline directory here. Check our airline directory.
    • Please collaborate with airport security personnel and airline crew. They are following established rules and regulations, and are working for your safety.
    • If you do not comply with these provisions prior to accessing the departure area, all infringing items will be confiscated. If you do not wish discard these items, you will not be allowed to board.
    • Your lack of collaboration with the enforcement of these rules will result in flight delays, affecting other passengers. Prevent these inconveniences.
    • Any items confiscated by Airport Police at the Security Checkpoint will be stored for a 15-day period. In order for the items to be reclaimed, the owner must contact the AERIS Operations Office. In case the items are not claimed during this 15-day period, they will be donated to charities or destroyed, depending on their nature.