What documents do I need for my stay in Costa Rica?

Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport as well as proof of their intent to exit the country before their visa or entry stamp expires, usually within 90 days. All non-resident travelers must possess a return ticket or a ticket as proof of when they intend to exit the country, commonly referred to as an outbound exit or onward ticket. An onward ticket is required of non-residents who are: Traveling on a one-way ticket, entering the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival, or flying into Costa Rica and flying out of another country.

Do I need a vaccination for my stay in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica does not impose restrictions on Europeans or (Latin-) Americans travelling to the country. However it is fully recommendable to visit your medical doctor before your vacation and ask him or her if vaccinations are needed. Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers from the following countries possess a yellow fever vaccination certificate: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Republic of Guyana.

What is the best time of the year to visit Costa Rica?

This question is often related to the question: when are weather conditions best to travel to Costa Rica? Please note that the whole year around tourist come to Costa Rica to visit the country. It means that in the rainy season as well as in the dry season it is enjoyable to travel around the country. The Pacific side of the country has a pronounced dry season which runs from December until April (from May until November is the rainy season). The Caribbean side of the country has a more unpredictable climate: you may expect rainfall whole year around, with most rain in December and January and less in September and October). If you could avoid planning travelling on the Pacific side during the months of September and October, that would be recommended (please note that exactly in these months the weather shows itself from her best side on the Caribbean side!)

Do I need an international drivers’ license?

If you want to rent a car in Costa Rica a valid drivers’ license from your country will suffice.

Is water drinkable in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is blessed for the fact that almost country wide potable water is coming from the tap. It is no problem to eat fresh salads or drink juices.

What should I bring when going to the rain forest?

Most important is to take closed shoes with you when you are going to hike in the rainforest. Best also are long pants (from quickly drying material), rain gear and a hat. Take insect repellent with you.

Does Ecole Travel give support during our stay in Costa Rica?

Ecole Travel always tries to include a ‘Meet & Greet’ in the morning after your arrival in Costa Rica. During this meeting you will learn to know your travel planner whom you can ask questions and advice. If you need assistance during your roundtrip you can call us for help 24/7.

Are there options for vegetarians or vegans?

More and more options are available at the menus in the restaurants for visitors who are vegetarian and vegan. This is specially the case in San José and the more visited places like Puerto Viejo, Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna and Monteverde. If you are staying in lodges outside the touristic centers you may get a bit disappointed about the offer.

Do I have to bring dollars from my country? Is it easy to get money in Costa Rica?

The currency in Costa Rica is the colon but dollars are almost everywhere accepted (notes up to 20USD!). You may bring some cash to Costa Rica. There are plenty cash dispensers all over the country where you can get colones and (in some cases) dollars. It is not recommended to change money on the airport upon arrival as the exchange rates are not favorable. There is a cash dispenser available at the airport.

How can I travel around without leaving a negative footprint in Costa Rica?

Visitors to Costa Rica are surprised by the consciousness of the local people regarding nature conservancy and the environment. You can help them in their efforts by reducing and recycling waste, choosing hotels and providers that operate in accordance with the principles of sustainability (look for the CST-certification) and by buying local.

For any further questions please contact us.