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Travel Requirements

Entry requirements


Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:

Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, San Marino, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Republic of South Korea, Hellenic Republic (Greece), Romania, Vatican City, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic of China (Taiwan), Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are allowed to stay in Costa Rica for 30 days without a visa, though once in the country:

Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Philippines, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Kingdom of Tonga, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Suriname, Tuvalu, Turkey, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

Citizens from the following countries must obtain a Visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before arrival, for a maximum of 30 days:

Albania, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Negara Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Cóte d'Ivore, Comoros, Chad, Ecuador, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Russian Federation, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Libia, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Saharahui Arab Republic, Central African Republic, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of The Congo, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Thailand, Tanzania, Tajikistan, East Timor, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukrain, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Djibouti, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Citizens from the following countries must obtain a Restricted Visa from the Costa Rican General Director of Migration, consulted by a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before arrival:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic Of), Iraq, Myanmar (Birmania), Palestinan Territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka. Custom regulations

No customs duties are charged on personal luggage, which includes an array of items for personal and professional use, as long as they do not appear in quantities that suggest commercial intent. Costa Rican law requires that baggage be examined and that travelers submit customs declarations listing all articles acquired abroad, including fruit, vegetables, meat, meat products, biological products such as vaccinations, serums, etc. Families traveling together need to fill out only one declaration for all family members.

Yellow Fever Decree


As per a new decree, as of April 30th 2007, vaccination against the Yellow Fever is mandatory on tourists from geographic areas considered in risk. If you want to know if your clients come from those regions, please visit the following link: wikitravel.org/en/Yellow_fever
 
Things you need to know
For your information, when exiting the SJO airport, after passing last door, you MUST go to the RIGHT, where our representatives will be waiting you. We want to remind you that all our clients arriving to this airport before 10:00 pm, will be welcomed by the CANATUR VIP Service after passing Immigration.

Banking:
Banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and do not close for lunch.

Business hours:
Government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Commercial offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stores and other businesses are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Churches:
Like all Latin American countries, Costa Rica is predominantly Catholic, but churches of other denominations are found throughout the country.

Rain Jacket:
Pack light for your travels. The highland areas can be quite cold, so pack a sweater if you are going there. For the lowland areas light, loose-fitting shirts and pants are essential. A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses are recommended for the beach.

Communications:
Direct-dial telephone service, facsimile, telex, radio and cable television are all available. Bilingual operator assistance for international calls is - 116, local information - 113, long distance information - 124.

Getting In:
Citizens of the United States, Canada and most western European and Latin America nations do not need visas to enter Costa Rica. U.S. citizens planning to stay fewer than 90 days can enter the country with a valid ID, a copy of their birth certificate, and a tourist card that can be obtained from their airline when they depart the United States.

Getting Out:
On the day of departure, travelers must be at the airport about two hours before the time their flight is scheduled to leave. There is a departure tax of US $26.00.

Hospitals:
Heath care in Costa Rica is very good and sanitary standards are high. Top quality hospitals are found throughout San José and some of the other areas with large populations.

Language:
Spanish is the official language. English is spoken in tourist areas throughout the country.

Taxes:
There is a 13% sales tax at hotels, restaurants, and most service industries.

Time Zone:
Costa Rica is in the same time zone as U.S. Central Standard Time, but does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Tipping:
A 10% tip in a restaurant is appropriate but most restaurants will add it to your bill, so read your bill before paying a tip. Taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip.

Water:
The water is safe to drink in all areas of the country. Nevertheless, we suggest you buy bottled water for drinking.
 
How to be a good ecotourist?

Here are a few simple guidelines:

How to be a good ecotourist?
  • Stay on the trails.

  • Leave nothing behind, except your footprints.

  • Don’t collect anything, including flowers, seeds and rocks.

  • Avoid disturbing wild animals, especially when they’re courting, nesting and feeding. Don’t feed monkeys or other wild animals. Observe nesting sea turtles only with a qualified guide.

  • Hire local guides, buy local crafts, patronize local hotels and restaurants, and support projects that benefit the local community.

  • Do not buy wildlife. Buy only handicrafts made from natural products that are commercially grown, or from a renewable resource, such as wood.

  • Be sensitive to the local culture and traditions, and willing to interact with local people, so that the tourism activity is a positive experience for everybody involved.

  • Support conservation programs.
By following these simple guidelines, you can help ensure that the areas you visit remain unspoiled for generations to come.
 


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