If you will be traveling to Costa Rica from South America and/or sub-Saharan Africa, you will need the Yellow Fever Vaccine. The countries considered at risk are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela.
Citizens of United States of America must have a returning ticket to exit Costa Rica (must show entry and exit of the country). The United States of America passport must also be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Exit Tax. Please note that there is a $29 USD departure tax payable at the aiport with USD/Costa Rican cash or VISA, Matercard or American Express. This tax must be paid before you check in for your flight.
Costa Rica tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States of America for a stay up to 90 days.
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Sounds good! What else do I need to know while planning a trip to Costa Rica?
First, check the current validity of your passport.
All travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Costa Rica. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times. VisaHQ can assist U.S. citizens with a full range of expedited passport services, including new passport application and passport renewal.
Second, make sure your passport has blank Visa pages.
Most destinations, including Costa Rica, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.
Finally, confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.
Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Costa Rica. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country.
Costa Rica visa for citizens of United States of America is required. For more information please contact the nearest Costa Rica embassy.