Are visa and passport requirements to travel to Costa
of all the countries require a valid passport to enter
to Costa Rica; and visas are needed by certain nationalities
so check ahead before traveling at Costa Rican Consulates.
No visa is necessary for travelers from the U.S., Canada
and Western Europe.
When traveling with a passport, citizens of the U.S.,
Canada and most Latin American and European countries
may stay in Costa Rica for 90 days.
Can I drink the water?
you can drink the water! The public water system provides
pure, suitable and good quality water to 98 percent
of the country. Water supplies are filtered and chlorinated,
and the quality is controlled by the State. Many people
prefer bottled water which you can find in every hotel
Are inmunizations required?
Rica is one of the safest destinations in the developing
world, from a general health point of view. This is
largely due to high health standards in our country.
There are no required inmunizations for entering Costa
Rica. However, it is always wise to keep up your basic
shots such as tetanus and diphtheria. Risk of contracting
malaria is minimal, but for itineraries that include
the Caribbean lowlands, travelers might wish to take
the extra precaution of a prophylactic medicine such
as chloroquine. Decisions about immunizations and anti-malarial
medications should be made on a personal basis after
consultation with your personal physician.
What taxes would I have to pay?
the included features of your itinerary taxes have already
been charged. For meals on your own the bill will come
with a 13% sales tax and a 10% service tax. (Extra tipping
is at your discretion.) There is a US$26 tax upon departure
that must be paid at the airport.
not included in tours or transfers, and the amount depends
on the service that you received. Tipping is expected.
Is Costa Rica safe?
Josť has increased its population very fast in the past
years. Therefore you shall want to take the safety precautions
you would in any populous place. Avoid tempting friends
of theft. Here are a few tips for avoiding petty theft:
1. Make a photocopy of your passport and leave the original,
your airline ticket and the bulk of your money in your
2. Change money in your hotel and ask for part of it
in small bills.
3. Carry backpacks on your front.
4. Never change money in the street or flash big wads
5. Don't wear anything other than costume jewelry. Men,
get a cheap watch for the trip.
6. If you are going out at night, take a taxi.
7. Don't leave money or valuables lying around your
hotel room. Use the safe or check them in at the reception