Do I Need a Visa or Passport to Travel to Costa Rica?

Travelers to Costa Rica will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after they depart. Travelers from the following countries do not need a Visa if they are staying for less than 90 days: United States, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Panama.

Travelers from Australia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, South Africa, and Venezuela do not need a visa for stays under 30 days.

Visitors from other nationalities should check with the Costa Rican Embassy for visa information. Entry requirements can change often and it is each traveler’s responsibility to check for the most recent visa information.

Is Costa Rica Safe?

Costa Rica is a democratic government. There are extensive tourist facilities and tourism makes up a large portion of their economy, so they work to keep things safe. However, like any place, Costa Rica has its share of crime, especially in large cities.

Pickpocketing is a particular concern for tourists, especially in known crowded areas, such as airports and popular tourist sites. Be sure to use your hotel safe, leave expensive jewelry at home, and never leave your belongings unattended. We recommend you keep a photocopy of the photo page of your passport separate from your passport in case it is lost or stolen.

What Health Issues Should I be Aware of?

Like any tropical area, Costa Rica has mosquitoes which can carry a number of illnesses. These include malaria and dengue fever. We recommend bringing or purchasing bug spray for your trip. Additionally, you should be cautious of drinking water in remote areas, and take general travel health precautions.

What is the Weather Like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a temperate tropical climate with two main seasons. The dry season runs from December to April, and the wet season from May to November. Average temperature is 70 – 80 degrees. During the wet season, you will usually experience sunny mornings followed by afternoon showers. Make sure to pack accordingly.

Do I Need a Power Adapter?

Most likely not. Costa Rica uses 110v 60hertz electricity, which is the same as US and Canada. If you’re traveling from outside these countries you might need an adapter to work with your electronics. We also recommend bringing spare batteries or external power supplies to keep your devices working in remote areas.

What are Our Guides Like?

Our guides are the best in the country (we might be biased). Our guides have more than 15 years experience leading tours across the country and are especially expert at river trips. They are fluent in English and Spanish and will keep you informed on all elements of your trip. They will instantly make you feel welcome to the country like old friends.

What Kind of Food Will We Eat in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica diets consist primarily of rice, beans, tortillas, fish, beef, chicken, and tropical fruits and vegetables. You’ll experience a variety of delicious local meals, but you will also have international options if you like.

Are These Trips Kid Friendly?

Yes. We can customize trips and activities to the ages and skill levels of your travelers. Our relationships with local hotels and lodges ensure you will have kid friendly accommodations and activities wherever you visit. If you are traveling with especially young children, speak with your travel expert to make sure we customize your trip accordingly.

Traveling to Costa Rica is a wonderful adventure you should experience. With few exceptions, it is safe, comfortable, and easily accessible. If you have more questions that we haven’t answered here, please contact one of our U.S. based travel consultants by phone at (801) 332-9215 or shoot us an email sales@amazingvacationscostarica.com. We’ll make sure all your questions are answered and you’re fully prepared for your Costa Rica vacation.

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