Costa Rica Passport and Visa Requirements For U.S. Citizens

Is a Passport Required?
Is a Visa Required?
If your stay is no longer than 90 days.

Costa Rica flag When preparing to travel, you may ask yourself: Do I need a passport or visa to enter Costa Rica? The short answer about the passport is always, “Yes.” But a visa is not always necessary. If your trip is less than 90 days, it isn’t required. When preparing to travel to Costa Rica, double check the expiration date of your current passport if you have one. It must remain valid for at least for the duration of stay. If it will expire within that time, or come close, it’s best to get it renewed. Occasionally there’s a need for additional stamps in your passport. So ensure you have at least one blank page remaining for use. Yellow fever vaccinations are currently required in order to enter Costa Rica. Your medical professional can help you with these, and any other vaccinations you may need. If you are planning an extended trip and expect to carry more than 10,000 USD with you, be aware that upon entry and exit, the amount will need to be declared to customs.

Learn more about Costa Rica

Costa Rica landscape Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama. The country, which struggles with occasional earthquakes, has a total land area of 51,100 sq km. It shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, may be a city to consider seeing. When planning other site seeing adventures keep in mind that timezones may change. Make sure to adjust your watch, or phone to Costa Rica’s timezone, use UTC-6. The country’s main agricultural products are coffee and sugar. The primary industry contributing to their economy is medical equipment. Raw Materials is Costa Rica's main import. The country’s airports currently include 47 paved runways, with 114 unpaved. Internet availability exists throughout Costa Rica for its 2 million users, so finding WIFI while there shouldn't be difficult.

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