Automating Airport Documentation at SJO
No Need to Fill Out Paper Forms
June 24, 2017
There is good news for visitors planning travel to Costa Rica soon. Beginning this summer (in August, 2017), those traveling via the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), will experience less congestion resulting from a new automated documentation process. Soon, it will be rolled out at Liberia International Airport (LIR) too.
For those persons arriving and departing via Costa Rica’s main airport, the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), their entry/exit forms, immigration documents, will be electronically generated and stored directly from their passports.
The move will help reduce the lengthy delays experienced by travelers who are required to prepare and submit immigration forms prior to arrivals and departures. Previously, the immigration forms were ‘hand-written’ for presentation to the authorities; who would then inspect and record them in the Country’s database. The process is designed to keep track of people’s movements locally and internationally. Unfortunately it has the side-effect of slowing the travel process; creating lengthy lines which cause further delays in the terminal.
Starting in August 2017, passengers traveling via the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Costa Rica, will have their passports digitally read by scanners and their migration documents automatically prepared and stored in the Country’s migration database.
In 2016 alone, 4.3 million passengers passed through the Juan Santamaria Int. Airport (SJO).
Combining this new automated document preparation system with another recent time saver, the collection of the Country’s Travel Tax (Departure Tax) along with the airfare before departure, will make-way for shorter lines and speedier transfers; both in and out of Costa Rica.
The automation of these two processes will create less congestion in airport terminals. In so doing, all airport users will spend less time in the terminal; time saved for those traveling on business, for medical treatments, or simply vacationing.
The number of visitors to Costa Rica continues to grow annually and the increasing visitor numbers makes greater demands on the airports infrastructure, space and services. Costa Rica’s Government recognizing the issues have taken a proactive approach; accordingly they have developed strategies aimed at removing the snags, thus making travel a smooth, pleasant experience.
In this first phase of their plan, the Migration Director, Gisela Yockchen, identified automation of the Departure Tax and then the Immigration Card as two important areas causing critical travel delays. These steps will be followed by the construction of kiosks in airport terminals, there travelers can automatically prepare and submit their final travel documentation. Shortly, all Costa Rica entry/exit points will provide these convenient facilities.
Remember to conclude your vacations plans soon to take advantage of the upcoming ‘Low Season’ for airfares to Costa Rica. Between August and December 2017, travelers will enjoy discounted airfares, beautiful weather, and the lowest rates for hotels and tours. It will be a wonderful time to visit and enjoy Costa Rica’s ‘late-summer’ weather on the Caribbean coast. Life is always good in Costa Rica.
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