01. Do I need a passport to go to Costa
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.
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.
I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket?
All visitors must have a round trip ticket as
an entry requirement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the currency in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars
and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica.
All major credit cards are widely accepted. You
will find ATM machined distributed throughout
What kind of inoculations do I have to take to
No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica.
Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?
Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong
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.
How much is he departure tax?
Departure tax is $26, can be paid in US Dollars,
colones or with a credit cards.
How can I get a working visa?
You must apply for a working visa at the Costarican
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
the national parks wheel chair accessible?
The Poas Volcano National Park is the only one
that offers access for wheel chairs.
Is there a tour operator offering special tours
for handicapped people?
Kosta Rhoda offers special trips for the handicapped.
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
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.
should I bring when going to the rain forest?
All you need is insect repellent, a rain coat
with a hood and hiking boots.
there domestic airlines that travel within the
You can contact SANSA at ww.flysansa.com (506)221-9414
or Nature Air at www.natureair.net (506) 220-3054.
What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?
Sales tax is 13%
What number should I dial in case of emergency?
Dial 911 for immediate assistance.
Are there English written newspapers?
The Tico Times. www.ticotimes.net (506)258-1558
Where can I practice white water rafting?
It can be practices at Pacuare, Reventazon, Corobici,
Sarapiqui, Naranjo or Savegre.
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.
can egg laying turtles be seen?
You can go to Tortuguero National Park in the
Caribbean or to Las Baulas National Park in the
are Costa Rica natural boundaries?
- North: Nicaragua - South:Panama - East:Caribbean
Sea - West: Pacific Ocean
How is Costa Rica politically divided?
Costa Rica is divided into 7 provinces: San Jose,
Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, Limon, Puntarenas