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Important Travel Information

International Airports:

Juan Santamaría International Airport located in Alajuela, Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport located in Liberia, Guanacaste and Tobías Bolaños International Airport located in Pavas, San José.

Exchange Rate:

Please check the table at the top right presented in this link

Visa and Passport Required:

Traveling to Costa Rica without a visa will depend on your nationality; citizens from the United States, Canada, Russia and the majority of European countries enjoy this privilege. It is necessary to have a valid passport to enter the country. You can visit the following website to check which countries need a visa.


No vaccine is needed to enter the country, except for visitors coming from South America that must have the Yellow Fever vaccine.

Credit Card Payments:

Major international credit cards are accepted in Costa Rica. You’ll also find ATMs throughout the country.


In restaurants and other locales the check includes the 13% sales tax plus 10% for service. (Both are established by law), so a tip is usually not necessary as it is included in the final price. On the other hand, taxi drivers generally don’t receive a tip. If you are satisfied with the service you receive, you can tip tour guides, private drivers, hotel bellhops and chambermaids. The amount is at your discretion and absolutely voluntary.

Driving in the country:

You can drive with your home country license for three months. In rural areas you may come across obstacles like pedestrians and animals, so drive slowly and attentively.

Embassy of your country:

Any hotel or place of lodging will have the Yellow Pages; there you can find the numbers to the international embassies and their locations.

Carry an Identification:

For safety reasons, it’s better to carry a copy of your passport. It is always the best to have identification in case of an emergency.


If you need a taxi, be sure to use the services of an authorized company. There are illegal taxis (known as “pirate taxis”) which generally charge well above the official rates, but you have no insurance in case of accident. Authorized taxis are red with a yellow triangle on their doors. This indicates the registration number of the taxi. Also, it is important that the vehicle have a taximeter to register the total for the service. Ask what the rate will be before using the service, as prices constantly change.


The water is safe in most areas of the country; however, it is recommended to drink bottled water, especially in areas outside the Central Valley.

Street Addresses:

Costa Ricans do not use the avenue-and-street and number system to give addresses, instead, they use reference points such as buildings, restaurants, churches or bridges, and distances are given in meters.

Luggage weight:

All domestic flights allow 40 pounds of luggage per person; any additional weight will be charged as extra luggage and is subject to space in the aircraft.

Departure tax cost:

At the airport you have to pay a departure tax of US $29.00 per person. It can be paid in cash or credit card.

High, Low and Peak Season:

High season goes from November up to April, low season from May to October and peak season from December to April. If you are planning a trip for our Peak Seasons (Christmas, New Year and Easter Week), it is ideal to have your reservations made at least 10 months in advance.


Santa Ana, 4 Km west from Forum, road to Ciudad Colón. (Colón City).

Guardia, Liberia, 4 Km west from the Daniel Oduber International Airport.

Phone: +(506) 2282-4898

Fax: +(506) 2282-4890

Costa Rican Toll free number:


All off-hours: 8310-7636


Services Hour

Open daily

From 6:00 a.m.

to 9:30 p.m. (CST)

Direct Contact

Individual Travelers – FIT´s

Groups & Incentives

Shore Excursions

Human Resources

Press and Media

All correspondence can be sent to our P.O. Box address in Miami

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