Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A valid Passport is needed to enter the country.
Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to enter the country. Benefiting from this are those that hold passports from the US, Canada and most European countries.
- Depending on the country, it is determined the number of days available to visit as a tourist.
- In some cases, an immigration official could ask you to demonstrate your economic solvency for your stay in the country..
- Although you may have 90 days available on your tourist visa, the immigration official will assess the allowed visiting period on your passport.
- Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport, as well as proof that they will be departing the country before their visa or entrance stamp expires, generally within the 90 days.
- More information: Visas
All visitors must have an entry ticket as well as a departure ticket, whether it is by air or land, as appropriate, as an entry requirement.
Anyone over the age of 18 can drive with a license from their country, for a period of three (3) months. However, if you wish to rent an automobile, you must be over the age of 21.
It is possible to marry in Costa Rica, the required documents are: a valid passport or valid travel documents and a sworn statement (affidavit) signed in the presence of a Costa Rican lawyer (if divorced, you will need the document of such divorce from your country or wherever the divorce was granted).
The main difference is that in a rainforest the precipitation is higher. The flora and fauna differ from one type of forest to another as well.
The water is potable in greater parts of the country. However, we recommend the consumption of bottled water, especially in areas near the coast.
There is no train service to destinations outside the Central Valley, the only existing service, is between Cartago-San JosÃ© and San JosÃ©-Heredia during the peak hours from 6:00 am to 8:00 am, and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Service itineraries can be found at: http://www.incofer.go.cr/
The colon is the currency of Costa Rica. American dollars and credit cards may be used.
Major credit cards are accepted. Also, you can locate ATMs throughout the country.
Costa Rican authorities require a yellow-fever vaccine certification from travelers of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana, even if your were only transiting through any one of these countries.
Costa RicaÂ´s outlets are 110 volts, with a standard duplex outlet.
All cats and dogs entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate from a veterinarian and endorsed by a veterinarian service. A physical exam must be conducted two weeks prior to the date of the trip. The required vaccines are: distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and rabies (for animals over 4 months old).
The exit tax, via air is US $29.00 and US $7.00 by land payable in US dollars, colones or credit card at the Banco CrÃ©dito AgrÃcola de Cartago, Banco Lafise, or the Banco de Costa Rica. Some airlines already include this fee in the airline ticket; therefore, we recommend you consult your airline.
You can apply for this type of visa at the Costa Rican Consulate in your country. The link of the Costa Rican consulates abroad is:
There are various ways to legalize your stay: - temporary resident – retired – governmental international mission – For more information contact the Costa Rican Consulate, the Residents Association at www.arcr.net or you can visit: migration www.migracion.go.cr
The Poas Volcano National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Carara National Park
Many companies offer these services, given their compliance with Law 7600, however you can visit those found on this page.
There is one for those that served in the military. You may also contact the Resident Association of Costa Rica at www.crcr.net or (506) 2233-8068
The residents from countries that enter with a 30-day visa can go to the Immigration and Foreign Department for an extension of their visa for up to 90 days. You must take into account that: 1- you have a valid passport, 2- demonstrate economic solvency and 3- have a departure ticket or fare. The amount of time allowed to stay in the country will depend on the immigration official.
For more information please visit http://migracion.go.cr/extranjeros/permisos/mtss/prorroga_turismo_y_estancia/Prorroga%20de%20turismo.pdf Information only in spanish
You will need insect repellent, rain poncho, and comfortable shoes.
You can contact SANSA at www.flysansa.com (506)2290-4100, or Nature Air at www.natureair.net (506)2299-6000, which offer steady routes to the different tourist destinations within the country.
There is a 13% sales tax on the price of goods. Restaurants also have a 10% service tax.
Call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. For tourist assistance, you can dial: 800-turismo..
The main English-language newspaper is The Tico Times: www.ticotimes.net
White water rafting can be enjoyed on the: Pacuare, ReventazÃ³n, CorobicÃ, SarapiquÃ, Naranjo and Savegre rivers. You can check out some tour operators for white water rafting on this page.
You can visit the Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean and the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific. Ver folleto
-North: Nicaragua -South: Panama -East: Caribbean Sea -West: Pacific Ocean.
Costa Rica is divided into seven (7) provinces: Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, San José, Puntarenas, Limón and Guanacaste.
If you want to use a mobile phone in Costa Rica, you must have an UNBLOCKED cellular phone and purchase a prepaid SIM card. You can also visit the different telephone companies throughout the country; they offer different options for prepaid cards, including internet access.
Costa Rica has four (4) international airports: Juan Santamaría Airport in Alajuela, Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Tobías Bolaños International Airport in San José, and the Limón International Airport.
You can contact some of the travel agencies or tour operators listed on this page to guide you to the locations where you can purchase the tickets.
Dial 00-506-number. For assistance on international calls dial 1024.
Gasoline is sold by the liter..
Rental cars are not allowed to leave the country.
Both options can be used as a form of payment.