Tourist Visa – On Entry to Costa Rica
– No vaccines are necessary to enter Costa Rica, pharmacists within the country are well trained, and medicine for the most part does not require a prescription except in specific cases.
– Your passport must be valid during the following 6 months upon entry date.
– U.S.A., Canada and most European countries do not need a VISA if you do not exceed the 90 day allotted period.
– A return ticket or continued travel is necessary to enter the country.
– Upon leaving, If you are taking an airport taxi to Juan Santamaria International Airport, the cost should be around $22.
– Normal travel protocol for both international airports requires you to check in a minimum of two hours before your flight.
– When leaving Costa Rica there is a US$ 26 departure tax on all international flights exiting the country, make sure you pay this BEFORE reaching the check-in counter.
Inside the Airport
At the customs desk visitors are asked to report any merchandise being brought into the country, and from there visitors exit the airport through to the outdoors. The process is most often very swift and pleasant for a vast majority of arrivals.
Inside the airport is a currency exchange booth. Visitors are well advised to use this booth to acquire the local currency they will need for the next day or two. Exhange rates are not updated daily inside the airport, meaning that better exchange rates may be had at your hotel or in local banks. US currency is accepted in a vast majority of establishements in Costa Rica, however denominations of $20 are the most well received. Many establishments have signs stating policy not to accept bills of $50 or $100.
Arrivals emerge through a windowed hallway to the outside doors where they meet up with their hotel or B&B host, who offer a smiling, friendly, and warm reception to whisk their visitors to their reserved lodging. Visitors might also hire a legal, licensed taxi at this point, which is a controlled process with strictly fixed, to understand rates, and a ticket booth providing visitors with a receipt for their cab fare which is then presented a driver outside. Although the pickup area is by and large a safe and secure place for arrival, con artists sometimes do make it in and blend during hours of heavy arrivals. Rules of thumb for avoiding crime at the airport: Avoid on-the-spot negotiations for a cheaper taxi fare, as this is a known approach for a thief; Take care in handing over luggage – your host and greeter will most likely speak english and will clearly introduce any assistant they have; Take care with the documents just used to proceed through Immigration and Customs (passports, permits, tickets) to avoid easy access to a pickpocket in the crowded, noisy arrival area.
Bringing Pets to Costa Rica
– Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a Veterinary Service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.
Health Certificate Statements
– The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease.
– The animals were vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.
– distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, rabies – for animals 4 months or older
– The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.
– Please use a State of Federal US Interstate and International Certificate for Small Animals.
– Enclose rabies vaccination certificate.
– The Health Certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it have to be authenticated by the Consulate of Costa Rica.
Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit.