Traveling to Costa Rica; Travel Documents, Driving, Currency & Language

| Jan 3, 2016 | Travel Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica; Travel Documents, Driving, Currency & Language



Traveling to Costa Rica for the first time? This blog article explains you about the required travel documents for Costa Rica, if you can drive in Costa Rica, what currencies are used in Costa Rica and which languages are spoken in Costa Rica.

Travel Documents for Costa Rica

Most travelers just need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica. Like citizens of USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and most European countries. Please check with the consular affair bureau of your country if you are not sure of the requirements for your citizenship. More information for US Citizens can be found on, for Canadian citizens this is:

When entering Costa Rica, the customs officer stamps your passport and writes a number in the stamp. This stamp and number is your tourist visa; the number is the amount of days that you are allowed to stay in Costa Rica. You cannot stay longer than 90 days in Costa Rica (as a tourist). It is strongly recommended to have your return flight ticket already at hand when entering Costa Rica. This way you can proof your departure date. The Costa Rica customs is trying to decrease the amount of ‘perpetual tourists’, which is also the reason why in some cases they ask for USD 500,- in cash or a valid credit card. This will most likely not be the case when traveling to Costa Rica by plane (this is more a problem when traveling to Costa Rica over land).

Driving in Costa Rica

The driver’s license from your home country is valid in Costa Rica. You need to be older than 18 years to drive in Costa Rica. However, you need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car.


Currencies used in Costa Rica

The Costa Rican Colon (CRC) is the official currency of Costa Rica. However, the US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica.


Languages spoken in Costa Rica

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. Many Costa Ricans that work in tourism speak English, like in hotels, restaurants and stores located in tourist destinations. Professional guided tours are typically also available with an English speaking guide.


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