If you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada or Europe you do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months after arrival, and you can stay as a tourist for 90 days. Citizens from some Latin American countries, Asian, African and Eastern European countries may require a visa, we recommend that you inquire about this information at the Costa Rican embassy in your home-country. However, if your flight to Costa Rica has a stopover in the United States, make sure you apply for a visa online (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/).
When leaving Costa Rica, an airport departure tax has to be paid. The departure tax is currently US $ 29.00 and can be paid in cash (US $ or Colones) or by Credit Card.
All travellers are advised to ensure that their tetanus and polio vaccinations are kept up to date.
The risk of contracting malaria is low, but measures should always be taken to avoid mosquito bites, such as the use of nets and creams.
Travellers visiting the Caribbean lowlands, might wish to take the extra precaution of using a prophylactic medicine such as chloroquine.
We very strongly recommend making decisions about immunizations and anti-malarial medications on a personal basis after consultation with your personal doctor.
Costa Rica is a tropical country and the nation's climate is classically divided into two major seasons: rainy and dry. The dry season runs from December through April and the rainy season from May to November. During the rainy season you most probably will experience heavy rain showers during the afternoon, whereas the mornings are normally warm and dry.
On the Caribbean coast the climate is slightly different; the rainy season begins from mid to late April and continues through December and sometimes January. The wettest months are July and November, with a dry spell that occurs around August or September.
Costa Rica’s electrical system is compatible with that of North America, 110 volts. European electrical appliances require a US travel adapter.
The local currency is the Colón, however American dollars are also accepted in most parts of the country. You can exchange dollars for Colones at any bank and at almost all hotels.
Taking into consideration the long lines at banks, our tip is to change money at the front desk of your hotel. Please never change on the street!
The most popular Credit cards (Visa, Master,American Express) are widely accepted in San José and the main tourist spots, although at some places you might be charged a fee for a transaction paid by credit card.
ATMs can be found all over Costa Rica and in all main tourist places.
If your itinerary includes remote places and rural villages, be sure to take enough cash with you.
Current exchange rate (June 2016): 1 US $ = approx. 499 Colones , 1 EURO = approx. 616 Colones
To view the most up to date exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com/ucc