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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica? 16. How can I apply for legal residency in Costa Rica?
2. Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica? 17. Are the national parks wheel chair accessible?
3. Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket? 18. Is there a tour operator offering special tours for handicapped people?
4. Do I need an international drivers license to drive in Costa Rica? 19. Is there an American Legion in Costa Rica?
5. Can I get married in Costa Rica? What documents do I need? 20. If I decided to stay longer, can I get a visa while I am there?
6. What is the difference between the rain forest and the cloud forest? 21. What should I bring when going to the rain forest?
7.Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica? 22. Are there domestic airlines that travel within the country?
8. Is there a train service in Costa Rica? 23. What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?
9. What is the currency in Costa Rica? 24. What number should I dial in case of emergency?
10. Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica. 25. Are there English written newspapers?
11. What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica? 26. Where can I practice white water rafting?
12. Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier? 27. When do you celebrate Carnival?
13. What documents are required to enter with a pet to Costa Rica? 28. Where can egg laying turtles be seen?
14. How much is he departure tax? 29. Which are Costa Rica natural boundaries?
15. How can I get a working visa? 30. How is Costa Rica politically divided?



01.
Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica?

A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica. It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica.
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02. Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica?
Depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege.
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03. Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket?
All visitors must have a round trip ticket as an entry requirement.
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04. Do I need an international drivers license to drive in Costa Rica?

You are allowed to drive with your normal drivers license for three months.
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05. Can I get married in Costa Rica? What documents do I need?
Foreigners can get married in Costa Rica. The documents needed are: - original birth certificate - affidavit of single status - police record - valid passport - divorce decree (if applicable) - These documents need to follow the authentication procedure before being taken to Costa Rica.
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06. What is the difference between the rain forest and the cloud forest?
The main difference is that in the cloud forest doesn´t rain as much as in the rain forest. The species of flora and fauna that you might find differ from one to the other.
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07. Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica?
The water is potable in most of the country. We recommend using bottled water, specially in areas around the coast.
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08. Is there a train service in Costa Rica?
There is a train tour that goes from San Jose to Caldera. For information and reservations please call (506)233-3300 or (506)221-0777.
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09. What is the currency in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
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10. Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica.
All major credit cards are widely accepted. You will find ATM machined distributed throughout the country.
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11. What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica?
No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica.
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12. Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?
Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs.
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13. What documents are required to enter with a pet to Costa Rica?
Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, endorsed by a veterinarian service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to traveling to Costa Rica. The required vaccinations are: distemper, hepatitis, lestospirosis, parvovirus and rabies (for animals 4 months or older.
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14. How much is he departure tax?
Departure tax is $26, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with a credit cards.
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15. How can I get a working visa?
You must apply for a working visa at the Costarican Consulate.
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16. How can I apply for legal residency in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica offers different ways to legalize your status: -temporary resident -pensioner -Foreigner government mission For more legal information contact the Costarican consulate or the Costarican Residents Association at www.casacanada.net
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17. Are the national parks wheel chair accessible?
The Poas Volcano National Park is the only one that offers access for wheel chairs.
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18. Is there a tour operator offering special tours for handicapped people?
Kosta Rhoda offers special trips for the handicapped.
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19. Is there an American Legion in Costa Rica?
There is an American Legion for people who went to the army. You can also contact The Association of Residents at (506)233-8068 or at www.casacanada.net
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20. If I decided to stay longer, can I get a visa while I am there?
You just have to leave the country for 72 hours, upon ing to Costa Rica the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days.
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21. What should I bring when going to the rain forest?
All you need is insect repellent, a rain coat with a hood and hiking boots.
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22. Are there domestic airlines that travel within the country?
You can contact SANSA at ww.flysansa.com (506)221-9414 or Nature Air at www.natureair.net (506) 220-3054.
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23. What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?
Sales tax is 13%
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24. What number should I dial in case of emergency?
Dial 911 for immediate assistance.
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25. Are there English written newspapers?
The Tico Times. www.ticotimes.net (506)258-1558
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26. Where can I practice white water rafting?
It can be practices at Pacuare, Reventazon, Corobici, Sarapiqui, Naranjo or Savegre.
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27. When do you celebrate Carnival?
There is one in San Jose on December 25th,Limon Carnivals are celebrated in October and Puntarenas has them from February 21 to March 3rd.
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28. Where can egg laying turtles be seen?
You can go to Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean or to Las Baulas National Park in the Pacific coast.
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29. Which are Costa Rica natural boundaries?
- North: Nicaragua - South:Panama - East:Caribbean Sea - West: Pacific Ocean
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30. How is Costa Rica politically divided?
Costa Rica is divided into 7 provinces: San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, Limon, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.
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