Juan Santamaría International Airport
Airport hours: 24/7
Address: Alajuela Province, 20 km west of the city of San Jose.
Phone: +506 2437-2400
Open 24 hours.
Facilities: CCTV surveillance cameras, ramps and escalators.
Payment methods: Automatic payment, teller and Compass system.
Currencies accepted: Colones and dollars
Parking Lot Office Phone: +506 2437-2627
Airline Check-in Area
Two airline check-in counters are on the upper floor of the terminal building; there are three accesses from the main parking lot. Generally, airlines recommend checking in 3 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
Self Check-in Counters: The Juan Santamaría International Airport has self check-in located in front of the airline counters. For more details on your flight, contact the respective airline.
A charge for exiting Costa Rican territory by air (US $29 or the equivalent in colones) applies to all passengers.
List of airlines that include this tax in the cost of the air ticket:
Grupo Avianca• British Airways
Volaris Costa Rica
If your airline is not on this list, you must pay the tax at the international terminal.
Hours: Monday to Sunday after 4:00 a.m. You can pay in colones or dollars, in cash or with credit or debit cards.
Immigration and Passport Control
At the passport control checkpoint, immigration officials will ask you to show your current passport, boarding pass, and minor traveler consent form to digitally verify the necessary travel documents. Minor travel consent forms can be requested at:
- Juan Santamaría International Airport: Sunday through Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Immigration Office: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
After going through the immigration checkpoint, passengers and carry-on bags will be inspected by x-ray machines under the instruction of security officers. Please keep in mind the following:
Law AVSEC-002 (LAGS): No liquids, creams, shower gels, toothpaste, bottled drinks, food, lotions, fragrances, cosmetics, toiletries, or aerosols in containers of more than 100 ml (even if the containers are not completely full) are permitted. The maximum permissible size of containers containing liquids is 100 ml. Liquids must be in a transparent 20 cm x 20 cm plastic zip-lock bag, one per passenger.
Banned Items: The following items are not permitted in carry-on bags: • Sharp objects (larger than 6 cm) • Firearms • Tools of all kinds • Blunt instruments• Hazardous merchandise (inflammable or harmful substances) • Batteries, which will be assessed according to number and voltage • Lighters
Electronics and Special Items: Laptop computers and large electronic devices must be removed from bags and placed in a separate tray from other belongings. Strollers or baby carriages, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and umbrellas (small) will also be inspected. We recommend carrying on only items you will need during the flight and following the instructions of security officers.
Medicines and Special Medical Conditions: Medicines may be included in carry-on bags if they will be used solely during travel and come with a doctor’s prescription in the traveler’s name. In the case of insulin and inhalers, security officers will consider flight time to determine permissible number of doses, which will generally vary from 3 to 4. Passengers with metal implants must inform officers of their condition and submit to a manual check (pat-down).
Breastfeeding: Baby bottles and mother’s milk are permitted solely in the quantities needed for the flight. (Additional assessments may be made due to the law on liquids. Infant or children’s food must be kept separate in a sealed transparent bag when passing through the security checkpoint prior to boarding.)
Decommissioned Items: Items decommissioned at the security checkpoint may be reclaimed at the AERIS Operations and Security Office. For more information, call +506 2437-2610.
For information on customs procedures, call +506 2440-0274 or +506 2440-0275 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Sunday through Monday.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Restrictions• Costa Rican citizens or residents: Proof of vaccination must be shown when leaving the country if your destination is listed as a country with risk. • Foreigners: If your origin is listed as a country with risk, you must show the respective proof of vaccination when entering Costa Rica.
Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission (Article 2 of Decree No. 33934 S-SP-RE): • SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leona and Sudan.• SUR AMÉRICA: Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia with the exception of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, when passengers travel exclusively to this geographical area from Costa Rica.
Vaccination Certification Process: Ask for the form for the international yellow fever vaccination certificate at the pharmacy where you received the vaccination and submit this, together with the medical certificate, to the respective health authority.
Juan Santamaría International Airport offers the following special assistance services for passengers:
- SKYCAP authorized baggage handlers
- Luggage carriers
- Wheelchairs: request these from SKYCAP staff
- AERIS staff responsible for guiding passengers in requesting information at the different information desks.
At present the airport has no luggage lockers. Contact your airline for special assistance during your travel.
Maximum Amount of Money Permitted
When entering or exiting the country, all citizens or foreigners must declare all cash or securities they are carrying if the amount is equal to or greater than ten thousand U.S. dollars (US $10,000.00) or the equivalent in another currency. The official forms must be used for this declaration. These forms will be made available by Customs officers at the immigration checkpoints. (Article 35, Law 8204)
Passengers in Transit or on Connecting Flights
Passengers whose connection at Juan Santamaría International Airport exceeds 6 hours may leave the international terminal after completing the documents required by the Immigration Office.
Items found within the international terminal facilities will be sent to the Aeris Operations and Security Office.
To contact this office, call 2437-2610 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
For items lost on the plane, contact the respective airline.
Passports Lost within SJO
All passports found in the airport will be delivered to the Immigration Office at SJO.
Entry to the Lobby with Animals
Animals are permitted under the following conditions:
- Guide dogs or service animals for people with special conditions (Article 45 bis, Law 7600)
- Pets traveling as passengers and meeting the security measures established by the airline
- Dogs meeting the requirements of Law 7451, Article 19 (Responsible Ownership)
Number of Accompaniers per Person
Unlimited. Restrictions may be imposed, however, at any specific time.
Entry to Boarding Lounge of Parents Accompanying a Minor
Only traveling passengers are allowed entry to boarding lounges. Parents and/or accompaniers without a boarding pass may not enter the boarding lounge.
Traveling with Plants, Seashells, Rocks, etc.
The Costa Rican wildlife law prohibits the transport of these items in luggage. Travel with firearms, sharp weapons and/or chemicals is also prohibited.
Juan Santamaría International Airport has Wi-Fi coverage throughout the international terminal. Three Wi-Fi networks are available: Free SJO Wi-Fi : Free Wi-Fi for all passengers entering and exiting the country. The connection will remain active for 3 hours (limited broad band).
Premium Wi-Fi by Sitsifi: Broader band network for downloading videos, music and high demand data. Advertisement-free connection. Band width and connection time are subject to the fee the customer wishes to pay.
Professional Wi-Fi: Courtesy network for specific customers of corporate sponsors, which notify their customers directly of this service and provide them with a password.