Juan Santamaría International Airport Costa Rica (SJO) Live Flight Updates
Check the status of your flight. All times are local (Central American Standard Time). Most airlines require you to be at the airport at least three hours prior to your scheduled departure time and Costa Rican law requires you to pay your departure tax and complete the check-in process at least one hour in advance.
Usually you have some wiggle room on statements like “at least one hour in advance” but NOT in this case. The airlines are actually required by law to shut you out at the check-in window if your flight departs in less than an hour. This is because that hour is used to check up on your immigration status, cross check your passport with the Interpol wanted list and make sure there are no outstanding traffic tickets on your rental car (seriously).