Q. Do I need a visa to get into Costa Rica?
A. You will fill out a tourist visa form on the plane before your arrival.
Q. How long can I stay on a tourist visa?
A. Three months for U.S. and Canadian citizens (among others).
Q. How do I get a student visa?
A. The academic institution in Costa Rica will normally help you obtain the necessary student visa.
Q. Do I need a passport to enter Costa Rica?
A. Yes, you need a valid passport with at least six months validity upon your return.
Q. What is the monetary unit for Costa Rica and what is the exchange rate?
A. The Colon. Currently $1 equals around 568 Colones.
Q. What about ATM machines in Costa Rica?
A. ATM machines abound in most areas. Some will dispense dollars as well.
Q. Can I use my credit/debit card in Costa Rica?
A. Yes. Major credit cards are accepted in many stores. However not all; depending on the area, only cash in Colones is accepted. Please note: if using plastic, a valid photo ID is required. Also, don't forget to let your bank know you will be traveling.
Q. Who manages the in-country expenses?
A. Depending on your activities in Costa Rica, you may pay the companies and services you use directly; or have Costa Rica Concepts handle all in-country expenses (funds must be sent in advance). The client is responsible for any and all cancellation costs, and therefore we recommend acquiring trip cancellation insurance.