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Travel Information for Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica

Passport
Citizens of most countries are required to have a valid passport that is for at least 30 days beyond the date of your arrival in Costa Rica. Upon arrival, your passport will be stamped, and the law requires that you carry your passport at all times during your stay.

Entering the country
The vast majority of travelers utilize the airport in San José, but for those traveling to the Pacific Northwest (Hermosa, Coco, Liberia, etc.) Liberia International Airport is most convenient. There are also a few people that arrive by sea, either on fishing or scuba charters or as part of a brief stop on a cruise, and some that arrive by bus from neighboring countries.

Entering Costa Rica is usually hassle-free, and there are no fees or taxes payable upon entering the country. However, some foreign nationals will require a visa. Please be aware that those needing visas cannot get them at the border.

International flights to Liberia can be reserved Delta, American and Continental Airlines and service many of the major outlets in North America and Europe with direct flights. The new airport expansion will only further flight options throughout the world.

Costa Rica is also well connected by air to other Latin and Central American countries, as well as the United States. The national airline, Lacsa flies to various points in the USA and Latin America, including Cuba. The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States has assessed Costa Rica’s aviation authorities to be in compliance with international safety standards.

Traveling Around Costa Rica

To visit most regions, San José is the ideal hub of public transportation. It’s typically easier to go to one region and return to San José to find public transportation to another area. However depending on what part of the country you are in there are some local hubs you can travel to get to another city in that same region especially if you rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

The majority of Costa Ricans don’t own cars, and public transportation travels to almost any part of the country. Remote or small towns may be served by only one bus a day, but you can still get there if need be. And please keep in mind that even though these buses may seem to run on a relaxed schedule they do leave on time, and they will leave you behind even if you purchased a ticket in advance.

Car rentals are extremely popular for travelers because a car can get you places you can’t get to by public transportation. It also gives you the freedom to travel when you want and to stop wherever you want. Buses to remote areas are not very frequent, and you can cover more ground in a shorter time with a car. However, driving at night especially on mountain roads is quite hazardous, due to large trucks on small roads with many blind corners. It’s not advised to travel at night unless absolutely necessary.

Another alternative is flying. This is a great time saver if you have the extra money and don’t need a car at your final destination. Some of the internal carriers, like Sansa and Nature Air, do offer packages where you can have unlimited flights for one or two weeks at a flat price. There are about 15 or so airstrips that these airlines fly to, and when traveling to a remote part of the country it is much easier to fly than to drive or endure the 8- to 12-hour bus ride. Depending on where you’re staying you can arrange for a private chartered flight to other more remote airstrips. Check with the Loro Cala team for more information.

Traveling Home from Costa Rica

All International flights leave from either Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría in San Jose or Liberia International Airport in Liberia, and everyone that leaves the country must pay a departure tax of $26. You can pay this at the bank at the airport or, to save time, at any bank in Costa Rica.