Things to know before visiting Costa Rica

Below is practical information about Costa Rica that is good to read well in advance of your departure so that you are well prepared.

Passeport & visas

1. US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days. For a stay longer than 90 days a residence permit must be established.

2.Other nationals might not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. To verify all entry requirements according to your nationality please see the following link nationalities.

Vaccination

Your need for vaccination before traveling to Costa Rica depends on factors such as the length of the trip and your health profile. Visit your vaccination center at least one month before your scheduled departure to get an individual assessment.

Safety

Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America, but crime is still higher here than in Europe. Violence and theft of personal property occur and you are advised to observe the usual precautions in public places.

Climate

The rainy season falls between May and November. The country is at risk for both hurricanes and tropical storms. The occasional heavy rainfall can cause severe flooding and landslides. Stay informed about the weather situation if you are staying in the country during this period. Costa Rica has seismological activity and both smaller and larger earthquakes occur. The country also has several active volcanoes. Costa Rica is a very small country but its natural topology gave it many micro climates … more than 25 to be exact! Check with great care how the climate is for the season in each region you will visit. You can go from a dry and sunny climate to a rainy and cool in just a few kilometers!

Travel insurance

See if your home insurance covers travel cover for your entire stay in Costa Rica. If not, we strongly recommend that you take out a separate travel insurance before departure.

Currency

Costa Rican Colon (CRC). US dollars (USD is also used, mainly in tourist areas). You can withdraw dollars in most ATMs. However, you will usually receive gears in colons.

Electricity and Plug Standards

Electricity outlets in Costa Rica are not of the same standard as those in Europe. Include adapter.

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