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Before you visit Costa Rica

Before you visit our beautiful country, we need to start with a little planning. With the help of our tips below, you can make your Costa Rican getaway even more rewarding.

  • You’ll need 2 documents to visit Costa Rica:
    • A valid passport that doesn’t expire for at least 6 months after your entry date to Costa Rica
    • A prepaid airline ticket to leave Costa Rica within 90 days of your arrival
  • If you are a current USA or Canada citizen, no Visa is required. If you are traveling from other countries please click here to view the requirements.
  • You can fly into Costa Rica at of any of the 2 international airports: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Aiport (LIR).
  • You are not required to get any immunizations, shots or vaccinations to enter Costa Rica from North America or Europe. That said, it’s always a good idea to consult your physician before any international travel.
  • To move around in Costa Rica, you can select from private transfers, share transfers, domestic flights, or a car rental.
  • Do take note that when you leave Costa Rica everyone must pay a mandatory departure tax of $29USD per person. This has to be paid at the airport prior to check-in at the airline.
  • Electricity voltage in Costa Rica is 120V and the plugs are American style.

As a person with a disability, you should also consider:

  • Plan as far in advance as possible.
  • Be as specific and clear as possible about your accessibility requirements. Let us know everything you think necessary to enjoy your trip.
  • Buy travel insurance and have the information always at hand.
  • Carry a letter from your doctor with you, which states your condition, medications, potential complications, and any other pertinent information. 
  • Bring extra medications in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a small kit of spare parts and tools with you for emergency repairs of your wheelchair.
  • Remember to bring a plug converter if you use any electronic devices different from American plugs.
  • Costa Rica is not 100% accessible, we work hard to improve its’ accessibility conditions and people are very helpful. Just be ready to experience some adjustments and adventure.
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