All visitors need valid passports to enter Costa Rica and to re-enter their home countries. Costa Rica does not allow entrance if the holder’s passport expires in under three months after
the date of entry; returning home with an expired passport is illegal and may result in a fine.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US can apply for a passport at any passport office or at selected post offices and courts of law. Citizens of these countries may also get passport applications from the official website of their country’s government or passport office. Any new passport or renewal applications must be filed well in advance of the departure date, though most passport offices offer rush services for a very steep fee. Note, however, that “rushed” passports still take up to two weeks to arrive.
Costa Rica is considered as the safest country in Central America. However, you should take some precautions:
Beware of scams with Taxis:
Always choose offiicial taxis. They all have a taxi meter. (It start at 530 colones and charge 500 colones per km)
Travel tips of the Costa Rica tourism institute
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