Check-in for all international flights departing Costa Rica is 3 hours prior for economy class and 2 hours prior for business/first class. Reconfirm flights 72 hours prior to departure.
Passport Entry RequirementsPassports are mandatory for all travelers from the U.S. We recommend they be valid for at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip for all international travel (this is not a requirement). Passports should be in good condition; Costa Rican immigration may deny entry if the passport is damaged in any way. Citizens of other countries: please check entry requirements. We recommend that you carry a photocopy of the passport and leave the original in a safe place while traveling about the country.
Consent for Minor Traveling Without Both Parents/GuardiansMinors under the age of 18 who are traveling with only one parent/guardian are recommended to have additional documentation if leaving their country of residence. We suggest a notarized letter from the parent/guardian not traveling. Also, minors under the age of 18 traveling with adults with a different last name are recommended to have additional documentation if leaving their country of residence. Please contact the Costa Rican Consulate or your airline for more information. Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC: 2114 “S” Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Phone: (202) 234-2945 and (202) 234-2946 Fax: (202)265-4795 Website: www.costarica-embassy.org
Health & Safety:
- Yellow Fever: Persons traveling to Costa Rica from certain countries in South America and Sub-Sahara Africa must have a valid yellow fever vaccination. Those affected countries include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana, and Venezuela. If you have specific health concerns, we recommend speaking with your physician before you travel.
- Transfer Guides & Drivers: the average tip is between 5-10 dollars p/p per service
- Naturalist & River Guides: the average is 5-10 dollars p/p per tour
- Housecleaning & Bellboys: the average tip is $3.00 per day for cleaning and $2.00 per bag at check-in/out.
- Sportfishing: tipping for private sportfishing tours is usually about 20% of the total cost of the excursion. Since you've purchased a pre-paid package, check with your trip designer or ask the captain if you would like to verify the proper amount to tip.
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Day Excursions & National Parks:
How can I prepare for day excursions and national park visits?
Single-use plastics are prohibited in most if not all, parks in Costa Rica. Most food and beverage items are also prohibited, although there are some medical exceptions. If you have a specific dietary need, please advise prior to travel.
What can I expect in a tropical destination like Costa Rica?
- Please be aware, Costa Rica is an equatorial country and the sun may be more powerful than you are used to. Try to limit exposure to the sun during peak hours (9 am-2 pm) and ALWAYS remember to use sunscreen.
- Most wilderness lodges do not have air conditioning. Hotels tend to be built in such a way that airflow remains constant and provides a pleasant sleeping temperature. For hotels and resorts that do not have AC, they may not have the same level that you are used to.
- Remember, you are in the rainforest. Rain, bugs, and insects are common. Be aware of your surrounding environment. Do not leave open food in your room or luggage. The animals were there first and you are visiting their home. Tolerance of the ever-present animal population is a necessary compromise in order to enjoy your time in the rainforest.
Please do not leave personal belongings unattended in vehicles or at beaches.