Welcome to our Tourism Section. Here you will find much useful information
about visiting Costa Rica. If you have any question please do not hesitate
to contact us.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement to Enter
The Government of Costa Rica, starting on November 1st, 2007, established
the alert for all those who wish to visit Costa Rica and come from certain
countries in South America and Sub-Sahara Africa, must have an International
Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Those affected countries
are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan,
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana and Venezuela.
Si luego de consultar la circular, su país no aparece en las
listas publicadas, siéntase libre de contactarnos.
If after consulting the above mentioned circular, your Country is not
mentioned in the published lists, please feel free to contact us.
Si luego de consultar la circular, usted aún necesita aplicar
para visa, por favor entre a esta dirección de internet.
If after consulting the above mentioned document, you still need to
apply for a visa to enter Costa Rica, please go to the following Internet
Acceso a la Aplicación de Visa - Access to the Visa Application
Acceso a los requisitos - Access to entry requirement’s page,
please click here.
There are different types of Visas::
Visa de Turismo - Tourist Visa (B1) pays a fee of __________US$ 30
Visa Consular - Consular entry Visa pays a fee of __________US$ 30
Visa Multiple - Multiple Entry Visa pays a fee of___________ US$100
Visa Consultada - Consult Visa: *_______________________US$50 (*Esta
visa es aprobada por Migración Costa Rica/This visa is approved
only by Immigration Costa Rica)
Consulte con este Consulado General si tiene preguntas o necesita verificar
qué tipo de visa requiere.
Contact us if you have any question or need to verify the type of visa
Many couples from around the world have chosen to celebrate their most
important day in our tropical paradise.
According to Costa Rican legislation, civil marriages are celebrated
by a Notary Public; catholic marriages are celebrated by catholic priests,
who act as a representative of the Church and notary publics at the
Following are the documents required to get married in Costa Rica.
a) A certified copy of the divorce statement.
b) A certified copy of your previous spouse’s death.4- These Documents must be certified by the Consulate of Costa Rica,
before arrival and must be issued no more than six months prior to the
marriage ceremony.5- Certification fees: US$40 to be deposited in the account No. 0005-4608-520,
in the Bank of Montreal, Account name: Embassy of Costa Rica-Consular
Services, please, send the original and a copy of the receipt with the
documents. Previusly, the above mentioned documents should be authenticated
by Foreign Affairs Canada, Authentication Office, for information call:
Phone: 613-994-4000 or visit the Web Page: .
6- Two witnesses (non relatives preferred) must have the following documents:a) For non Costa Rican citizens: A passport valid for at least six months.
b) For Costa Rican citizens: A Costa Rican identity card (Cédula
c) Presentation of a valid passport once in Costa Rica.
7- If you are marrying a Costa Rican citizen, your future spouse will
require the following documents:
d ) A valid Costa Rican identity card (Cédula de Identidad).
e ) A Certificate of Single Status issued by the Civil Registry. (Certificado
de Soltería del Registro Civil).
Registration of your marriage in Canada
You should arrange with your lawyer in Costa Rica, the presentation
of the appropriate documents in order to register the marriage in Canada.
Following are the documents and steps needed:
1. Marriage Certificate issued by the Costa Rican Civil Registry (Registro
Civil). Usually it takes up to six weeks to get the certificate from
2. Translation (Spanish to English or French) of the marriage certificate
by an Official Translator of the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. Authentication from the Authentication Office of the Costa Rican
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
4. Authentication from the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica.
5. Presentation of the documents described above to the Vital Statistics
Office in your Province for the appropriate registration in Canada.
2. The Health Certificate mentioned must be sent to the General Consulate
of Costa Rica in Ottawa for legalization purposes. Certification fees:
US$40 to be deposited in the account No. 0005-4608-520, in the Bank
of Montreal, Account name: Embassy of Costa Rica-Consular Services.
Please send with the above mentioned, a prepaid envelop, the original
and a copy of the receipt with the documents.
If you want to learn Spanish in a beautiful and peaceful
place, near the beach and meeting friendly people, the best option
is Costa Rica. The country offers a great amount of Private Schools;
most of them offer homestay with a “tico” family, tours
and other services.
Spanish courses are also available at University Level.
Please see underneath some Spanish Schools in Costa
5) Academia de Idiomas Escazú:
“Visiting Costa Rica: Answer to the most common questions”
Thanks for your interest in Costa Rica. Enclosed you will find some
of the most common questions/answers that can help you know better Costa
1) How to get there?
You have two ways of going to Costa Rica:
1. Commercial flight.
2. Charter Flights.
Operate all year round and the most popular route is -Toronto or Montreal/Miami/San
Jose (flights time approximately 7 hrs).
Charters are available from any Travel Agency especially from the beginning
of November to the end of April; the costs of charter flights are normally
50% less expensive than commercial flights.
Costa Rica has two International Airports: International Airport Juan
Santamaría (15 minutes of San Jose-downtown) and International
Airport in Liberia (capital of the Province of Guanacaste). Main ports:
Caldera Port (Pacific coast) and Limon Port (Caribbean coast).
2) Do Canadians require a “Visa” to visit Costa Rica?
No, Canadian citizens don’t need visa and are allowed to stay
in Costa Rica for 90 days, with a valid passport.
3) Do you need any vaccination before entering the country?
No, all main contagious diseases have been controlled many years ago.
Tap water can be drunk everywhere. A mosquito repellent is recommended,
if you are visiting the rain forest.
4) How costly is the food compared to Canadian prices?
Basic food items have the similar cost of what they do in Canada.
5) Departure Tax:
At your departure you will be asked to pay US$26 dollars which can be
paid in cash or credit card.
6) How is the Costa Rican currency compared with the Canadian dollar?
For one Canadian dollar you will receive approximately 530 colones.
Costa Rica has a free movement of capital as well as public and private
banking system. The Canadian Bank of Nova Scotia has many branches in
San Jose, and you may withdraw money with your debit card.
Costa Rica has seven beautiful provinces and all of them offer many
places to visit and things to do. They are: San Jose (capital), Heredia,
Cartago, Alajuela, Puntarenas (Pacific coast), Guanacaste (Pacific coast),
and Limón (Caribbean coast). Almost the 30% of our territory
are National Parks.
8) Getting around
Rent a car is an excellent idea to get around and discover Costa Rica.
Due to our small territory (51.000 km2), you could go from coast to
coast in one day. You are allowed to drive with your Canadian driver
license and passport for six (6) months.
A good bus service is the most popular and cheapest way to get around.
Taxi Service is very good and cheaper than it is in Canada. It would
be a good choice if you want to go directly from the Airport to any
Another very good choice is taking an organized tour; most of them are
contacted by your Hotel, You may also visit the Costa Rican Tourist
Board, WEB Page: www.visitcostarica.com, there you may find important
information to organize your tours.
Costa Rica offers all types of lodging facilities, since five star Hotels,
all inclusive resorts until Bed and Breakfast or small rooms and bath
for rent (cabins). In some areas camping facilities are available.